What's on this Australia Day at South Bank

On January 26, relax and celebrate the laid-back lifestyle of our vast and diverse country with free festivities at South Bank.

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What’s on

Enjoy free live music in the spectacular setting of River Quay at Australia Day on the Green. On from 1-5:30pm, the event offers sweeping city and river views (ideal for picnicking), with performances from Birdman Randy, The Ivory Street Preachers and special guest DJs. 

Then, watch a free, colourful Australia Day fireworks display at 7:30pm. The best viewing locations are from the Clem Jones Promenade, the Cultural Forecourt and River Quay. Keep an eye out for the special green and gold fireworks in this year’s display and for the first time, the display will feature six pyrotechnic jet ski performers – they’ll be launching fireworks while they perform in front of the Promenade.

Other things to do

Live music and fireworks aren’t your thing? That’s ok, we’ve got plenty of other suggestions to fill your day:
* Beat the heat and take a cool dip in Streets Beach, the Boat Pool or Aquativity.
* Have a barbeque using South Bank’s free facilities at Riverside Green and Picnic Island Green.
* Pack your favourite foods and have a picnic in the tree-enshrouded Rainforest Green.
* Grab an ice-cream and head for a stroll along the Arbour and the Clem Jones Promenade.
* Make the most of the air-con at QAGOMA and check out the APT9 exhibition.
For a list of other official celebrations around Brisbane, head to the official Australia Day website.

Essential information

South Bank Parklands is an alcohol-free space on Australia Day, including the usually licensed areas of River Quay Green, Picnic Island and Riverside Green. Restaurants and bars with liquor licenses will be serving alcohol, please head to our ‘eat and drink’ page for options available.

Getting here and around

South Bank is accessible via public transport and car – for all of the details, head to our 'getting around page'. You can also check our accessibility page for information on disabled access once you’re in the Parklands.

For more information

If you have any general questions about South Bank, contact the South Bank Visitor Information and Booking Centre on [email protected] or 07 3156 6366.

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