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Australia Day in Brisbane in 2024: Fireworks, events and things to do

Read our guide to what's going on in Brisbane on 26 January.

Australia Day is one of the biggest days on the calendar. It's the day that the First Fleet landed in Port Jackson and it's a day to appreciate how multicultural our country has become.

From fireworks displays to all-nighters at the pub, whatever you have in mind for the day, there's an event out there to cater for it. Check them out here.

Australia Day fireworks go off against the Brisbane skyline as viewed from Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park.

Australia Day fireworks in Brisbane

The 2023 Australia Day fireworks at Brisbane's South Bank are yet to be confirmed.

For the closest fireworks, head to Bribie Island. At 7pm, there will be a pyrotechnics display on Pumicestone Passage. The best vantage points to catch it are along the Pumicestone Passage Foreshore at Brennan Park and Chamber of Commerce Park.

Brisbane's best Australia Day fireworks vantage points:

Fireworks vantage pointsWhat's happening?TimeFood and drink
Brennan ParkLive music, games, food trucks and a sausage sizzle.5pm–7:30pmFood on sale from food trucks
Chamber of Commerce ParkNo events planned.7pm fireworksNone

Australia Day events in Brisbane in 2024

EventsDetailsWhereWhenCostLearn more
Great Australian BitesThis roaming festival is filled with music, food trucks, artisan market stalls, family-friendly activities and a welcome dance by a local First Nations dance company. On Australia Day, events will be in multiple locations around Brisbane.Southbank, Brisbane. Other locations in Bargara, Brisbane, Hughenden, Ipswich, Rockhampton, Roma, St George and Winton.TBCFreeMore info
Australia Day Smoker SpecialsThe barbie is fired up and ready for hungry Aussies to tuck in at James Squire's The Charming Squire. On the menu will be corn cobs, cheeseburgers, smoked BBQ chicken wings and smoked hot dogs.Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre11am-4pmEntry is free, food and drink are extraMore info
Australia Day Music at the Park ScarboroughPack the picnic and the kids and indulge in live music and plenty of family-friendly activities in Moreton Bay. Don't forget to pack the togs so you can take a dip in between sessions.Scarborough Beach Park1-6pmFreeMore info
Free Australia Day BVRT Bike Ride 2023Hop on your bikes and spend the day making new friends as you ride the trails in Brisbane Valley. This is a family-friendly event and all are welcome.Fernvale Futures Centre6am-1pmFreeMore info
Aussie ArvoThis annual event is the perfect cooldown on a hot Aussie arvo. Doors open from 2pm and on top of free entry to the leisure centre and its pools there are games, competitions, amusement rides and a poolside disco to enjoy.Lawnton Aquatic Centre2-7pmFreeMore info
Sandstone Point Hotel Australia DayLooking for an adrenaline rush? The ultimate slip n slide is coming to Sandstone Point Hotel. That's 50 metres of summer fun. Tuck into an Aussie lamb BBQ, live entertainment, thong-throwing comp and dunk-a-roo while you wait your turn.Sandstone Point Hotel, Bribie Island12 noon until lateFreeMore info
Australia Day at North Lakes Sports ClubThe local club is bringing the good times with pop-up local brewers and a food truck, games, live music and raffles aplenty.North Lakes Sports Club10.30am-4.30pmFreeMore info

Things to do on Australia Day in Brisbane

Have an Indigenous cultural experience

From dreamtime stories to Indigenous art, make this Australia Day a special one by going on an Aboriginal tour of Brisbane. Some tours are available on 26 January and others are available throughout the week of Australia Day.

Brisbane Like a Local Customised Private Tour
Brisbane Like a Local Customised Private Tour

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Enjoy the day with wine in hand

Throw caution to the wind and pick a bottle of local wine off the shelf from your local bottle-o. If you want to take this to the next level, head out for a winery tour where you can sample a variety of wines and meet a Queensland winemaker.

Scenic Helicopter Flight with Winery Tour
Scenic Helicopter Flight with Winery Tour

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Full-Day Winery Tour from Brisbane by The Vino Bus
Full-Day Winery Tour from Brisbane by The Vino Bus

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Sail away on an Australia Day cruise

Turn the public holiday into a marked special occasion by boarding a boat and sailing down the Brisbane River on a backdrop of colourful fireworks.

Buffets, live music and picturesque views are some things you can expect to be included for your sailing.

All-Inclusive Dolphin & Tangalooma Wrecks Day Cruise
All-Inclusive Dolphin & Tangalooma Wrecks Day Cruise

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Get out on the water

Surf, swim, stand-up paddleboard, kayak, sail – the options are endless with these water activities Australians love. Pick your favourite or why not book in a beginners lesson for a new sport?

Moreton Island Day Trip (Kayak, Snorkel & Sandboard)
Moreton Island Day Trip (Kayak, Snorkel & Sandboard)

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Meet the local wildlife

Australia is home to an abundance of native wildlife which you can find in Brisbane and surrounding areas.

Koala Cuddling Experience at Australia Zoo
Koala Cuddling Experience at Australia Zoo

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Top free things to do on Australia Day in Brisbane

  • Barbeque at South Bank: Pack a picnic basket or nab a barbeque early at South Bank and spend a day in the city surrounded by the lively atmosphere of the Australia Day festivities.
  • Head to the beach: Weather permitting, grab your towel and togs and make a day of it at a beach on the Gold Coast or Bribie Island.
  • Visit an art gallery or museum: Discover more about Brisbane and its history at the Museum of Brisbane and explore the Australian Art Collection featuring Indigenous and Australian collections together at the Gallery of Modern Art.

What's open on Australia Day in Brisbane?

AttractionAustralia Day trading hoursWhere to book
Moreton Island Day Trip (Kayak, Snorkel & Sandboard)9am–5pmTripadvisor
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise9am–5pmTripadvisor
Australia Zoo9am–5pmAdrenaline
Story Bridge Adventure Climb8:30am–7:30pmAdrenaline
TreeTop Challenge at Tamborine Mountain9:30am–5pmAdrenaline
Kingston Park RacewayTBCAdrenaline
Wheel of Brisbane10am–10pmGroupon
The Workshops Rail Museum10am–5pmExperience Oz
Lone Pine Sanctuary9am–5pmExperience Oz
GOMA10am–5pmRedBalloon
Escape Hunt9:30am–9:30pmRedBalloon
Lumber Punks Axe Throwing Brisbane11am–8:30pmRedBalloon
State Library of Queensland9am–5pmMembership required
Museum of Brisbane10am–5pmFree entry, bookings required

Are shops open on Australia Day in Brisbane?

Here are the major shopping centres that are usually open on the Australia Day public holiday and their trading hours. Opening times are subject to change.

  • Queen Street Mall: Times vary
  • Westfield Chermside: Open 10am–5pm
  • Westfield Carindale: Open 10am–5pm
  • Westfield North Lakes: Open 10am–5pm
  • Westfield Garden City: Open 10am–5pm
  • Westfield Helensvale: Open 10am–4pm
  • Strathpine Centre: Open 9am–6pm

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