Australia Day Australia Day

Australia Day, celebrated on January 26, is observed as a public holiday in all States and Territories to enable residents to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian. It's a day to be proud and reflect on what this nation has achieved and re-commit to making an even better place for future generations.


Australia Day Awards

Council hosts its annual Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony on the eve of Australia Day to recognise and reward members of the local community who have a consistent record of excellence, have made outstanding achievements in their field, and/or have contributed significantly to the growth and development of sport, community events, arts and cultural life in the region.

Nominations for Gladstone Regional Council's 2018 Australia Day Awards are now open.

Download a form or nominate online from Friday, 15 September, 2017.

Please refer to the Award's Selection Criteria when completing your nomination form.

Nominations close at 5pm on Friday, 3 November, 2017.

View the list of our 2017 Australia Day Awards winners


Australia Day Family Fun Day

Council's Australia Day Family Fun Day
Each year, residents can celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian on January 26 at the region's major Australia Day Family Fun Day event. The program traditionally includes the national anthem and plenty of entertainment and activities for the whole family.

In 2017 celebrations were held at the Millennium Esplanade, Tannum Sands from 3pm to 7pm, followed by fireworks.


Australia Day Regional Community Events

Council-supported Australia Day Community Events
To assist regional communities, Council offers donations to eligible groups to host Australia Day celebrations in their townships. These community events complement Council's main regional event held annually on January 26.

Members of not-for-profit community groups and organisations within the Gladstone Region were invited to apply for a donation to host a public 2017 Australia Day event through Council's Donations Program - Category 3 Regional Event Support Australia Day Event. 

Applications for 2018 Council-supported Australia Day Community Events will open later this year.