Celebrating all things Aussie on the Gold Coast

Top tips for Australia Day festivities around Surfers Paradise


The date of Australia Day has been the subject of some controversy lately. Whatever your view, the Australia Day long weekend provides time to catch up with friends and family, celebrating all things Aussie.


Here’s some cheap and easy ways to celebrate Australia Day long weekend on the Gold Coast.


Free fun and fireworks

  • Join in the free Australia Day entertainment at Broadwater Parklands.
  • Pack a picnic and enjoy the great live music from 4pm. You can also buy yourself a feed from the food trucks.
  • The kids will have a ball in the fun adventure zone, and at 8pm a colourful fireworks display will feature fly boards, jet skis and jetpacks.


Throw a few prawns on the barbie


Pack a picnic


Whip up some Aussie classics

  • Wherever you’re dining, Australia Day is the perfect time to tempt your taste buds with some classic Aussie culinary favourites.
  • If you’re handy in the kitchen, try making a classic Aussie meat pie. Or take a shortcut and swing by the Main Beach Bakery to pick up one they’ve got ready and waiting for you!
  • How about a pavlova for dessert? You could make your own pavlova, or pick up one from Coles in Australia Fair in Southport and top it with some whipped cream and your favourite summer fruits.
  • Lamingtons are another Australia Day classic dessert. Try your hand at making them, or pop into Michel’s Patisserie in Helensvale to grab yourself some of these tempting cakey, chocolate and coconut treats!


Hit the pub


Have a splash


Need a small fast cash loan for your long weekend festivities?

  • However you plan to celebrate this Australia Day, if you need a quick and easy cash loan to see you through, City Finance can help!
  • Pop in and visit our friendly staff at our Southport branch for a chat.
  • You can also phone us on 1300 438 666, or apply online today!