We’re going to take a wild guess at how most of you are feeling at this point in time…
The festive season brought with it two glorious weeks of uninterrupted eating, drinking, travelling and chilling the hell out, and then, just like that, they were over. Gone. Disappeared faster than Vanilla Ice’s music career. A few weeks in to this whole work thang and you’re already thinking “I could SO do with a day off right about now…”
Sound about right? Well, ask and you shall receive, my friends. Enter Australia Day. While it’s not a long weekend this time ‘round (unless you planned ahead and took leave on the Friday—go you!), make the most of your day off and use this guide to plan the perfect Australia Day on the Sunshine Coast.
EAT & DRINK
THE POST OFFICE
Join the gang at The Post Office for brews, beats, and a BBQ this Australia Day. They’ll be counting down the Triple J Hottest 100, because what else would you listen to on Australia Day? No tickets required, just rock up from 11.30am onwards ready for a good time.
Where: 10 Ocean Street, Maroochydore
Save yourself the trip to Bunnings, the friendly folk at Gainsbourg are giving the people what they want this Australia Day. Think: Triple J Hottest 100, $5 Pacific Ales, and snags on bread all damn day. Amazeballs.
Where: Shop 109, 59-75 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba
NOOSA REEF HOTEL
It doesn’t get much more Aussie than this! The Reef Hotel is hosting a BBQ on the deck from 12pm onwards, with Triple J playing throughout the day and live entertainment lined up from 7pm ‘til late. Free entry too, y’all.
Where: 19 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads
Caloundra-ites, our mates at Drift have got your Australia Day on the Sunshine Coast sorted. Munch down on some delicious lamb or chicken pitas and wash them down with a pot of Aussie brew for just $10 all up. All you have to do is make a booking!
Where: 30 The Esplanade, Caloundra
We can’t think of many things cooler than a party boat… Especially when it’s a boat as cool as M.V. Catalina! They’re throwing an Aussie Day party with Balter Brewing Company, and with every ticket, you’ll get your hands on an ice-cold can of Balter Pilsner, as well as a saucy afternoon of tunes from the coolest DJs in town. Tix are $35 or $45 with food—nab ‘em here. Did we mention how cool it’s gonna be?
Where: 172 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville
Peregian’s favourite restaurant are shaking things up Aussie-style! Open 12pm to 2pm and 5pm to late, Pitchfork has a special Australia Day menu goin’ on, dishing up their lamb pie and lamington roulade—ummm, yas please! Give them a bell to book—these guys fill up fast.
Where: 5/4 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach
Making the most of the public holiday, The Helm has not one, but TWO events happening to celebrate Australia Day! Their “Double-Up” party kicks off on Wednesday night with two of Australia’s up and coming artists, Brynny and Uberjakd. Back it up on Thursday night with killer DJ duo Mashd N Kutcher coming to bring the house down. Prepare your body now.
Where: 123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba
THE GOOD BAR
The team at Good Bar are doing us all a solid and opening for business as usual, from 11am ‘til late. Swing in straight after your morning swim and settle in for a stellar day.
Where: 5/19-23 First Avenue, Mooloolaba
CAFÉ LE MONDE
Keeping it real this Australia Day, Noosa fave Café Le Monde are opening their doors for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Drop by in the evening to hear the soothing sounds of Triple J Hottest 100 nominee Fieu. Oh and don’t forget, these guys are now serving Frosé.
Where: 52 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
THE SHAK ORGANIC CAFÉ AND WINE BAR
Buderim bandits, this is where you wanna be! The Shak are hosting the Organic Aussie BBQ this Australia Day and will be throwing a sweet spread of meats on the Barbie. They also have vegan skewers at the ready, and if that isn’t enough, lamington AND trifle for dessert! Opening at 7am, with local brews available from 10am, breeze in straight from the street parade, and roll on home. (Literally roll… You’ll be stuffed!)
Where: 11/43 Burnett Street, Buderim
This American BBQ joint in Noosaville is open as usual from 11am ‘til late, serving up their usual fare and blasting the Hottest 100. The food be sizzlin’, the beats be playin’, and the drinks… You’ll be sippin’. Love your work, Bordertown.
Where: 253 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville
As if you needed any more options, a heap of the Coast’s major towns are celebrating Australia Day all day long! Featuring parades, rides, food, and live music, here are a handful of special events that we think will be tops.
OPEN AIR MOVIE NIGHT
For the first time EVER, the team at Afa Tours are hosting an Australia Day Open Air Movie Night! Just $25 will see you curled up under the stars with burgers and beers, watching some cracker Aussie films—simply BYO picnic blanket. Feeling a little bit fancy? VIP entry is still available… but only just! This shindig kicks off at 5pm on Aus Day, and tickets are selling fast. Be part of history and buy them here.
Where: Novotel Twin Waters Resort, Ocean Drive, Maroochydore
NOOSA AUSTRALIA DAY FESTIVAL
Bring your chair, bring a picnic rug, and wear your party pants to the Noosa Australia Day Festival! Enjoy cooking demos, live music, food trucks (go say hello to our mates at Vanteen, who’ll be doing an Aussie-themed cooking demo!), and loads more family fun activities, all on the banks of the glorious Noosa River.
Where: Lions Park, Gympie Terrace, Noosaville
Marcoola Surf Club is hosting an EPIC Australia Day bash from 12pm onwards. With five bands playing in six hours, live music lovers won’t want to leave. They’ve also got rides, food stalls, and so much more happening, it’s hard to believe it’s all free!
Where: 64-76 Marcoola Esplanade, Marcoola
Image Credits: The Urban List and Ariana Gillrie for Metropolist