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12 Sunshine Coast Events To Hit This Australia Day Long Weekend

By Olivia Hillier
23rd Jan 2020

Australia Day Sunshine Coast

We’ve celebrated Christmas, partied in the new decade, slowly dragged ourselves back into work and now it’s time for another celebration—Australia Day. Better yet, there’s nothing more Australian than a three-day weekend.

Blast the barbecues, crack a tinny, don’t forget to slip slop slap, and celebrate Australia in our favourite part of this great southern land—the glorious Sunshine Coast.

No FOMO needed, here’s a cracker lineup of things to do on the Sunshine Coast this Australia Day long weekend.

Saturday 25 January

Hot 100 Countdown With Your Mates


It will be one action-packed day this Saturday at Your Mates Brewhouse’s Hot 100 Countdown soiree. Celebrating both Triple J’s song of the year reveal, along with the results of the GABS Hottest 100, we totally recommend pulling up a stool at this Sunshine Coast brewery. And we’ll let you in on a little secret…if Your Mates beers, Larry, Sally, Macca or Donnie make the GABS list, they’ve got something a little special planned. 

Aus Weekend 2020 Party At Taps


If you are yet to celebrate Australia Day yabbi racing, then here is your chance. Taps in Mooloolaba is keeping the Australian fun, games, and banter going all weekend with a weekend-long party including Yabbi racing, an all Aussie menu, Blackflag Brewing giveaways and beers for days.

Hottest 100 Countdown Party


Name a more iconic Australian party other than the Hottest 100 Countdown… yep, we’re stumped too. Nothing says Australia Day long weekend like enjoying a schooner or two, and listening to Triple J’s 2019 music wrap-up. This year, you can enjoy the music, flowing beers and good vibes at Malt Shovel Taphouse. Make a day of it and when all is said and done and the number one song has been named, stick around and keep the party going with tunes from local Micky Gee Music.

Sunday 26 January

Salt Water Sundays


Jump aboard the MV Catalina this Australia Day long weekend for our favourite floating party, Saltwater Sundays. Grab your gang and watch the sun set over Noosa river while listening to the epic tunes of DJs Tim Fuchs and Lachlan Rhys from 3.30pm to 7pm. Tickets are just $40, including some delicious nosh. 

Noosa Australia Day Festival


For a full day of fair dinkum fun with the fam, you can count on the Noosa Australia Day Festival to produce the goods. Held at Lions Park, the party begins with breakfast from 7am and entertainment through to 4pm, including live music from some of our fave locals, including The Lyrical and The Famos. Devour food from world-famous chef, Peter Kuruvita, plus there’s plenty of fun and games to keep the ankle biters occupied as well. 

The Great Australian Dunny Race


If the idea of winning $1500 or 10 cartons of beer sounds like a weekend well spent, head down to Aussie World this Sunday where the annual Great Australian Dunny Race is back in action. Taking place outside of the Banana Bender Pub, register a team and get ready for the great race from 8am. Stay a little longer and you’ll get to soak up true-blue tunes of Aussie classics from 12pm.

Marcoola Rocks 


Crack a coldie on Sunday and enjoy some live tunes on the dunes at Marcoola’s biggest annual event, Marcoola Rocks. From 1pm at the Marcoola Surf Club, get amongst the local big barbecue, food trucks, a great local music line up, including Solid Rock and Supersoaker, plus rides and good vibes. 

Ultimate Aussie Day Backyard Party 

Meridan Plains

Meridan Plains peeps are in for a whole lot of fun at the Parklands Tavern Ultimate Aussie Day Backyard Party hosted by 92.5FM’s Todd Widdicombe and live music from MattyBoi entertainment. It all kicks off from 11.30am with crab racing, a true blue tucker of smoked meats and free face-painting for the little ones. 

Australia Day Party Cruise


Sunreef Australia are taking folks out on a two-hour Australia Day Party Cruise. Meeting at the Mooloolaba Wharf at 1pm, you’ll find DJs, drinks, snags and a cracking a good time on board. Tickets are $39 (includes one drink and BBQ). And if you choose to grab any extra vinos, you can rest easy knowing 50% of all drink sales on board will go to WIRES in light of the bushfires. 

Australia Day Rooftop Party


Celebrate this Australia Day on the Sunshine Coast from great heights at the region’s first open-air rooftop bar, The Rooftop Bar in Maroochydore. From 12pm till late, you’ll be swaying to Aussie beats and sipping on special Australian cocktails, all while taking in those epic views. If you’re looking for things to do this long weekend on the Sunshine Coast, stop the search!

Australia Day Party At Circa


Brush away those excuses, there’s no reason not to hit up an epic Sunday session when Monday is a public holiday. If you’re on the hunt for Australia Day events on the Sunshine Coast, flick your mates a link to this shindig. Circa Rooftop is teaming up with Corona, Brookvale Union Ginger Beer, Red Bull and some of the best DJs around to throw an afternoon ‘til night party that you won’t want to end. With $10 entry at the door, space is limited, so don’t leave it too late to decide. 

All Of The Tunes At Sol Bar


The Sunshine Coast’s best live music destination is bracing for a whopper of a weekend, and we can’t blame them. With a line-up that will see the likes of Little Fritter and The Sea Gypsies take to the stage, the energy at Sol Bar is going to be off the hook. Grab your tickets early or risk missing out.  

Image credit: Urban List

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