Where to celebrate Australia Day in the region
A RANGE of organisations and venues are planning events to celebrate Australia Day.
Bundaberg Regional Council's official Australia Day celebrations will be held at the Botanic Gardens from 9am to 12.30pm, where the Bundaberg City Daybreak Rotary Club will host an Australia Day Fun Day.
Community services spokeswoman Judy Peters said the celebrations would include a variety of fun competitions and activities, as well as the chance to meet locals recognised with Australia Day Awards.
"The official welcome and recognition of the Australia Day award recipients will commence at 10am outside the Hinkler Hall of Aviation, which will be offering reduced entry prices and a complimentary ticket into Fairymead House," Cr Peters said.
"There'll also be children's entertainers, plenty of games and activities and a wide range of food available.
"As it's a day of celebration, we're encouraging people to have fun and take part in competitions such as thong throwing; lamington-eating; pie-eating; three-legged races and enjoy billy tea, damper and bush poetry.
"Buses will be available from the Bundaberg Post Office to the Botanic Gardens, leaving at 8.30am, 9am, 9.30am, 10am and 10.30am and returning from the gardens to the post office at 11.30am, 12pm, 12.30pm and 1pm."
Meanwhile The Dirty Creek Band will play at the Waves, Todd Keightley will be at the Agnes Water Tavern and Hats On will play at the Lighthouse Hotel.
The Lighthouse Hotel will also have raffles, toad races and kids' water activities.
The Queenslander Hotel will have a pillow fight competition, a jelly pool and lots of foam.
The Tattersalls Hotel will hold Australia Day celebrations with pool, darts and deck quoits as well as games and giveaways.
A Surf Life Saving Queensland spokeswoman said there were bigger tides at the moment as a full moon approached.
She said there was expected to be some rain tomorrow afternoon.
In addition to celebrations at the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens, numerous community groups will be hosting a range of activities across the region, including the following:
Free Australia Day Breakfast
Woodgate Community Hall
Hosted by: Woodgate Community Events Inc
Australia Day Quiet Achievers Awards and Family Picnic Day
Breakfast at 7.30am, by gold coin donation
Isis District State High School Stadium
Hosted by: Childers QCWA
Bargara Australia Day barbecue
From 6am to 9am
The Esplanade Bargara Foreshore (between Bauer and Burkitt Sts)
Hosted by: Bargara Progress Association
Australia Day Community Breakfast
Burnett Heads Community Hall
Hosted by: Burnett Heads Progress and Sports Association
MOORE PARK BEACH
Australia Day Breakfast
From 7am to 10am
Moore Park Beach Community Hall and Sports Grounds
Hosted by: Moore Park Lions Club and Moore Park Community Association
Australia Day Community Breakfast Celebration
Hosted by: Gin Gin and District Chamber of Commerce
2016 Australia Day community events for the Gladstone council area will be held at:
Discovery Coast Tourism & Commerce Inc
What: Sausage sizzle, market stalls, local entertainment
Where: Endeavour Park, Seventeen Seventy
1770 Bowls Club Inc
What: Barefoot bowls or 'Come and Try' bowls, free sausage sizzle, refreshments for purchase
Where: 1770 Bowls Club, 205 Captain Cook Drive
Captain Creek Community Sport and Rec Club
What: Take along a small plate of home-made afternoon tea with an Aussie flavour to share, free tea and coffee, prizes for best Aussie wear, free waterslide, free watermelon, games and races, free Aussie barbecue, music by Aussie bush band, cricket
Where: 111 Murphy Road
RSL Rosedale Chapter
What: Billy cart races, free barbecue breakfast, raffles, novelty games, raffles, bucking bulls
Where: Rosedale Royal Hotel
When: From 9am
Turkey Beach Progress Association Inc
What: Free breakfast, games for kids, Aussie quiz, prizes for best dressed, award presentations, formation of a team to travel and play cricket against Bororen
Where: Park on the esplanade
When: Breakfast from 7am
Bororen Hall Committee
What: Bororen versus Turkey Beach cricket match, fun for children, free water available, soft drinks for purchase, sausage sizzle, screening of the movie 'Australia'
Where: Hickman Street
Miriam Vale State School P&C Assoc
What: Family Fun Afternoon - bowls, jumping castle, raffles, fun activities, bar operating
Where: Miriam Vale Bowls Club
Builyan Many Peaks Community Development Assoc
What: 'All you can eat' Australia Day Breakfast; $10/adult, $3/child, colouring competition for children, prizes for best dressed, music, jumping castle, Australia Day trivia quiz
Where: Builyan Hall
Mt Larcom Art Gallery & Museum
What: Free Australia Day Big Breakfast promoting local talent, small business artists, musicians, local heroes and community groups. Games, activities, raffles, plenty of give-aways
Where: 14 Raglan Street, Mount Larcom
Mt Larcom Bowls Club
What: Barefoot Bowls, junior bowls, jumping castle, children's games, free barbecue, drinks for purchase.
Where: Mt Larcom Bowls Club, Narrows Road
Yarwun Grow Group
What: Free bacon, egg and sausage barbecue brunch, local mangoes, watermelon, cricket, tennis, traditional fun games, jumping castle, treasure hunt, music
Where: Yarwun Reserve, Calliope River Road
Boyne Valley Community Discovery Centre
What: Cricket match, treasure hunt for kids, horse shoe throwing, sack and other novelty races, Homemade pies, potato mash and peas for $5. Free cordial for kids but adults to BYO drinks. Water available. Please RSVP to Tanya on 4974 1123 for catering purposes.
Where: Discovery Centre recreational area