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 are now closed.
Awards will be judged in eight categories including:
Citizen of the Year
Young Citizen of the Year
Arts & Culture Award
Senior Sportsperson Award
Young Sportsperson Award
Sports Official Award
Community Event or Initiative Award
Community Volunteer Award
All nominees will be named and category winners will be announced at Council’s free public Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony on 25 January, 2019 at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre at 6pm.

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 was held on Friday, January 26 at Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens from 8am to noon

Water play was 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. 

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 were held on Friday, January 26.