Every year on January 26, Australia celebrates its official national day – Australia Day. On 1788, the first fleet of British ships arrived in New South Wales and the flag of Great Britain was raised at Port Jackson. Over the past few decades interest and participation in Australia Day has been on the rise and all the states and territories now celebrate this public holiday at the same time. From fireworks to barbecues, concerts to festivals and sports matches, there are a multitude of events planned around the country to mark Australia Day 2015.
If you’re going to be in the Gold Coast for Australia Day 2015, Hertz has you covered with Gold Coast airport car hire. The Gold Coast comes out to celebrate at the Evandale Parklands and Lake (behind The Arts Centre on Bundall Rd) from 10am to 4pm. Games, entertainment and activities are put on. There will be a playground, rides, and rock climbing as well as puppet shows, animal grounds and nursery, face painting and much more.
Adults can explore the Heritage Building Society to learn more about Aboriginal culture and Australian history. Listen to and watch live music and dance performances, and sample an array of cuisines – not just the Aussie pie and chips but Chinese, Indian, Mexican and more. There will also be cowboy flavour with rodeo shows featuring real bulls with both experienced and novice cowboys showing off – or hop on to test your own mettle.
There will be limited parking available or catch a free shuttle bus from the Turf Club.
And if you’re around for the whole Australia Day weekend, on January 24 (the Saturday), don’t miss the Summer of Sounds event at the Gold Coast Turf Club on Racecourse Drive from 10am to 5pm. This is a music festival combined with live horse racing. Dress for a day at the races – or take the fancy dress route, as long as the costume still adheres to to the general guidelines. If you’d like to enjoy the day in style, look to the restaurants and function venues. Both the Skyline Restaurant and The Gallery offer race day dining packages.