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

From 7am

Burnett Heads Community Hall

Hosted by: Burnett Heads Progress and Sports Association


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

From 7am

Mulgrave St

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
When: 8am-noon

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
When: 11am-5pm

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
When: 1pm-8pm

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
When: 10am-2pm

Miriam Vale State School P&C Assoc
What: Family Fun Afternoon - bowls, jumping castle, raffles, fun activities, bar operating
Where: Miriam Vale Bowls Club
When: 3pm-6pm

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
When: 8am-11am

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
When: 7am-11am

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
When: 2pm-9pm

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
When: 9am-noon

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
When: 4pm-8pm