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 2019 Australia Day Awards will open later this year.

Winners will be announced on the eve of Australia Day on 25 January 2019. 

​It is at the discretion of Council as to whether an award is presented in all categories.

Congratulations to our 2018 Australia Day Award winners:

  • Citizen of the Year:  Kevin Watson 
  • ​Young Citizen of the Year:  Adele Bierman 
  • Arts and Culture Award:  Leanne Christensen 
  • Senior Sportsperson Award:  Joel Helmstedt
  • Young Sportsperson Award:  Savannah Maytom 
  • Sports Official Award:  Gary Porteous 
  • Community Event or Initiative Award:  Tannum Crab Classic 
  • Community Volunteer Award:  Peter O’Dwyer 

View the list of our 2018 Australia Day Award nominees.

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 2018 Council's free Australia Day Family Fun Day will be held on Friday, January 26 at Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens from 8am to noon

Water play will be a major feature of Council’s 2018 celebrations with the event to include various water play and children’s activities, live music, bush poetry, a celebrity barbecue cook-off, flag raising ceremony, 1000 free sausages and more. 

Cash only food vendors will also operate. 

Car parking will be available in the LNG car park alongside Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens with parking also available in the Meteors Sports Club grounds for a gold coin donation. 

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 2018 Australia Day event through Council's Donations Program - Category 3 Regional Event Support Australia Day Event. 

In 2018 Council-supported Australia Day regional events will be held on Friday, January 26 at: 

What: Aussie Day barbecue breakfast 
Where: Bororen Hall, Hickman Street, Bororen 
When: 7am-9am
Organised by: Bororen Hall committee

What: Aussie Day barbecue breakfast with a varied menu from $2 to $10. Children’s colouring competition and novelty games, raffle plus entertainment. Music from The Patons and Australian poetry.
Where: Builyan Hall, 11 Pine Street
When: 8am-11am 
Organised by: Builyan Many Peaks Community Development Association Inc

Captain Creek 
What: Barbecue including hamburgers, sausages, party pies and pavlova for dessert. There’ll be an  Aussie bush band (Buck Donald), Australiana prizes for games including thong throwing, cane toad race and Best Australian Hat, plus a waterslide and face painting. Cricket will be played if there are enough starters.
Where: Captain Creek Community Sport & Rec Club, 111 Murphy Road
When: 1pm-10pm
Organised by: Captain Creek Sport and Rec Association

Mount Larcom
What: Free barbecue, barefoot bowls, children’s games, face painting, jumping castle.
Where: Bowls Club, The Narrows Road 
When: From 10.30am
Organised by: Mt Larcom Ladies Bowls Club

What: Start your Australia Day with a free Aussie breakfast from 7am-8.30am. Billy kart races will be held from 9am followed by a barbecue lunch at noon. A bar will be open from 10am. There will be lots of Aussie activities including sheep shearing, toad races, 100m dash, thong throwing, egg and spoon races, three-legged races and other novelty events throughout the day. Show your skills on a bucking bull from late afternoon with a vertical bungee on offer. 
Where: Rosedale Royal Hotel, McPherson St
When: 7am-8pm
Organised by: RSL Australia Rosedale Chapter 

Seventeen Seventy
What: Sausage sizzle and barefoot bowls to start from noon, music, bar open for drink purchases. 
Where: 1770 Bowls Club, 205 Captain Cook Drive
When: noon-5pm
Organised by: 1770 Bowls Club

South End, Curtis Island
What: Curtis Ferry Services depart Gladstone 8am; depart South End 6.30pm (cost involved)
Free sausage sizzle, water and softdrink for $2, crab pot throwing classic, cricket, volleyball, tug-of-war, three-legged race and more. 
Where: Golding Park, South End, Curtis Island 
When: 10am-4.30pm
Organised by: South End Progress Association 

Turkey Beach
What: All members of the community are invited to start Australia Day at a relaxed, free Aussie Day barbecue breakfast in the comfort of the Turkey Beach community centre. Various activities may follow. 
Where: Community Centre, Daniels Street, Turkey Beach
When: 7am-10am
Organised by: Turkey Beach Progress Association 

What: Aussie Day dinner of corned beef, cabbage, potato and white sauce ($10 for adults, $5 for children), byo drinks, Aussie Day cricket match under lights (after dinner), treasure hunt, prizes. Games for kids including sack races. Thong and horse shoe throwing. RSVP for catering to Rhonda on 4974 1310 by Monday, January 22. 
Where: Boyne Valley Community Discovery Centre, 15 McDonald Street, Ubobo
When: 4pm start with dinner from 6pm-6.30pm 
Organised by: Boyne Valley Community Discovery Centre

What: Enjoy a free sausage sizzle, activities and some traditional Aussie games. There will also be jumping castles, face painting and balloon animals. Check out the fire truck on display or take part in activities organised by the Yarwun craft club. Cool down with drinks, fruit and ice blocks.
Where: Yarwun Recreation Grounds
When: 9am-noon
Organised by: Yarwun Grow Group