Hey Brisbane! Time to crack out that giant inflatable pool thong (you know, the one plastered with our national flag) because Aus Day is THIS FRIDAY. Hello fave public holiday! Of course snags on the barbie, a few 100 songs and a bev or three are in order. So here are six things to do in Brisbane this Friday that have you covered for all of the above.
#1 Kick off Aus Day Eve with a Summer Spritz Party
This Thursday, the beer garden at Pig and Whistle, Brunswick Street will be abuzz with their Summer Spritz Aus Day Eve Party from 5 PM until late. There will be Aperol flowing and a giant spit roast in the courtyard. Cue cheese and charcuterie boards and yummy burgers aplenty with live music right into the night.
#2 Witness a hilarious pie-eating competition
What’s more Aussie than observing the spectacle of a human consuming 12 mini meat pies in 45 seconds?! The Glen Hotel will host its annual meat pie comp alongside all it’s hearty lunch bites and beer on tap this Australia Day. The defending champion of two years, Matthew Bell (title-holder of above-mentioned PB) will be participating and you can too for a grand prize of $500! Book here.
#3 Celebrate picnic-style with live music at River Quay
Bring a picnic blanket and park up a spot on the green along Brisbane River this Australia day. They’ll be live entertainment in the River Quay Precinct from 11 AM, whilst you soak in the fireworks from one of the best vantage points of the city. If your Aus Day plans fall along the picnic slash BBQ in the park lines, check out our article 27 Brisbane Picnic Spots and Lookouts. A little BT insider tip – we highly recommend Victoria Park for families! Outdoor games, jumping castles and face-painting happening on Aus Day so PERFECT if you’ve got little ones.
#4 Watch a movie in New Farm Park
We’re SO excited Moonlight Cinemas has an Australia Day session! Kick bag on a bean bag, graze on bites from the food trucks and get into an advance screening of The BBQ at 7 PM in the outdoor cinema in New Farm Park. Tickets available online.
#5 Enjoy a fancy seafood lunch at George’s Paragon…half price?!
Eagle St favourite, George’s Paragon will host you and yours a seafood lunch for half the usual price this Australia Day! How good. Dine between 5:30 and 6:30 PM to receive the special price on the ala carte menu whilst you take in the Story Bridge (and a peek at the fireworks).
#6 Cap off your day with a full display of Australia Day fireworks
Speaking of fireworks, there are a few sessions you catch on Australia Day. Check out Southbank Parklands for a session at 7 PM, Bribie Island for a show at 7:30 PM and Sutton’s Beach (Redcliffe) for a display at 7:30!