19 things to do around Brisbane this Australia Day long weekend

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Unsure what to do this long weekend? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! From slip’n’slides to celebrating the hottest 100 gins of 2019, here is a list of what’s on this Australia Day long weekend in Brisbane.

Sea Legs Brewing

Spend your long weekend sipping beers and nibbling on some bites under the bridge. Sea Legs Brewing will be open for business all long weekend, serving up pizzas and chickens wings as well as beats in the form of the Hottest 100 on Saturday! Casual attire is recommended and dogs are welcome.

When: Saturday January 25 – Monday January 27
Where: 89 Main Street, Kangaroo Point
For more information, click here.

2 Up Australia Day Special: Story Bridge Adventure Climb

This Sunday and Monday, Story Bridge Adventure Climb is offering a deal on their add-in activities. You can get a second activity added in for free! So as well as the climb itself, with stunning 360 panoramic views of Brisbane City, you can ‘Lean Out’ over that view and Walk The Plank for just a $40 upgrade! Score!

When: Sunday January 26 – Monday January 27
Where: Story Bridge, Brisbane
Price: From $169
For more information, click here.

El Camino Cantina

Limited edition menu available at all El Camino Cantina venues from 25 until 27 January

All weekend long, El Camino Cantina will be hosting Australia Day festivities at their Bowen Hills and Chermside locations. With an Australian inspired menu including goodies such as strawberry margaritas topped with Zooper Doopers and meat pie tacos, they’ve got everything covered. And don’t worry, they’ll definitely be pumping the Hottest 100 on Saturday.

When: Saturday January 25 – Monday January 27
Where: El Camino, Bowen Hills and Chermside
For more information, click here.

Treasury Brisbane

Daryl Braithwaite will be performing, need we say more? The Treasury Hotel will be open all weekend and will be welcoming guests into their brand new sports bar. If you still need more convincing, other acts set to perform including Havana Brown!

When: Friday January 24 – Monday January 27
Where: Livewire 24/7 Sports Bar, Treasury Casino, Brisbane CBD
For more information, click here

Covent Garden Ginuary 2020 – Hottest 100 Aussie Gins of 2019

The Hottest 100 is an important celebration of Australian culture, yes, but there’s another important countdown in town. Covent Garden’s Ginuary event highlights 100 of Australia’s best gins, complete with a massive party.

In its second year, this event will be different due to attendees being able to sip freely on most of the gins as part of a Hottest 100 Drinks Package. If you vote online at hottest100gins.com.au, you’ll also receive a promo code for 10% off this package. There will also be four separate degustation stations by Ink Gin, Four Pillars Gin, Brookie’s Gin & Fever Tree, as well as canapés served throughout the day. To top it all off, you can win $500 in venue vouchers & limited edition stock giveaways.

Please note: ticket sales close tonight at 8pm, and come in two forms. For $39pp, you can get access to the degustation stations and finger food, and for $149pp you can also access to the drinks package.

When: Saturday 25 January 11am-7pm
Where: Covent Garden, West End 
For more information, click here

Hottest 100 Listening Party at Welcome To Bowen Hills

This year’s Hottest 100 is broadcasting on Saturday, and Welcome To Bowen Hills will be one of the places to be. During songs 100-70, you can get your hands on a beer and burger for just $12, during songs 70-20 all beers purchased from their karma keg will be going towards bushfire relief, and during songs 20-1 you can get a pizza and beer for just 10 dollary-doos.

When: Saturday 25 January 12-6pm
Where: Welcome to Bowen Hills
For more information, click here.

Hottest 100 Backyard Party at Ric’s

This Saturday, Ric’s will be hosting a backyard party while pumping out the Hottest 100, complete with cold bevvys and a barbecue. The party goes on after the countdown ends, with bands and DJs set to take over!

When: Saturday 25 January 11am–3am Sunday January 26
Where: Ric’s, Fortitude Valley 
For more information, click here

BBQ, Bacon & Beer Fest at The Shafston Hotel

For the first time but certainly not the last time, The Shafston Hotel is hosting the BBQ, BACON & BEER FEST. Supporting the drought affected farmers, this event promises an AC/DC tribute band and other local bands, barbecue food trucks, bacon eating competition, super soaker races, outdoor bars and DJ’s in the Veranda Bar. Alongside their mini pig race and auction, it’s sure to be one of the most unique Australia Day events on this weekend!

When: Sunday 26 January, 11am–late
Where: 3 Lytton Street, East Brisbane
Price: $1 Gold Coin Donation to the Farmers
For more information, click here.

Australia Day at Sandstone Point

This Sunday at the Sandstone Point Hotel, you’ll find a 50-metre slip’n’slide, a lamington eating competition and a kangaroo relay, not to mention a pool and lamb barbecue for you to enjoy. Talk about true blue vibes!

When: Sunday 26 January, 12-6pm
Where: Sandstone Point Hotel
For more information, click here.

The Big BBQ at City Winery

Celebrate the Triple J Hottest 100 count down at the City Winery this Saturday while you enjoy a massive barbecue feast in the courtyard. This is a barbecue you don’t want to miss this weekend!

When: Saturday from 12–9pm
Where: City Winery Brisbane.
Cost: $12 sausage sizzles from 12–3pm until sold out
For more information click here.

Australia Day at Emporium Hotel

For a more relaxed vibe, head down to The Terrace at Emporium Hotel for patriotic favourites such as lamb and pavlova that you can enjoy alongside some good Australian beers and gins. Complete with a live performance from Zeek Power, a DJ and fireworks, it’s sure to be a good night.

When: Sunday 26 January, 2–9pm
Where: The Terrace, Emporium Hotel South Bank
For more information, click here.

True Blue Trivia at Little Big House

Show your true Aussie spirit by heading down to Little Big House and joining in on their True Blue Trivia this Sunday. After proving your Australian knowledge, relax with a BBQ and live DJs.

When: Sunday 26 January, 1–4pm
Where: Little Big House, South Bank 
For more information, click here.

Kath and Kim’s Australia Day Drag Brunch at Cloudland

What could possibly make a brunch better? Try drag queens, complete with a Kath & Kim theme. Tickets to this patriotic event will get you brunch plus two hours of bottomless drinks, including jugs of spritz, mimosa, bloody mary, beer and sangria.

When: Sunday 26 January, 11.30am–2.30pm
Where: Cloudland, Fortitude Valley
Price: $49 brunch, $69 bottomless upgrade. Tickets available here.
For more information, click here.

Australia Day at South Bank

If you want to be showered with options, head down to River Quay this Australia Day for a special edition of Sunday Social on the Green. You can bring your own picnic or indulge in takeaway hampers from River Quay Fish, The Jetty South Bank, Popolo Kitchen and Bar, and Aquitaine Brasserie. The Jetty will even be serving up a special gourmet sausage sizzle complete with the classic toppings. While the usually licensed area will not be licensed this Sunday, surrounding bars and restaurants will be serving alcohol as usual.

When: Sunday 26 January, 2pm–7.40pm
Where: River Quay, South Bank
For more information, click here.

Jocelyn’s Provisions

If you’re more into eating baked goods than partying with DJs this Australia Day long weekend, this is where you want to be this Sunday and Monday. Jocelyn’s Provisions is serving up their famous caramel slice and lamingtons. Also on the menu is pavlova, wagon wheel and Anzac inspired cupcakes, with all proceeds from the sale of these cupcakes going to Food Bank Australia.

When: Sunday 26 January-Monday 27 January
Where: Jocelyn’s Provisions at Albion, James St and Camp Hill
For more information, click here.

Allora Gelato & Coffee

This weekend, Allora Gelato & Coffee at Newmarket Village is set to have some unknown specialty flavours on offer. If a relaxed Australia Day is what you’re after, swing by and grab a scoop or two (or three).

When: Saturday January 25–Monday January 27, 8.30am–10pm
Where: Newmarket Village

La Marcelleria Gelateria

Bacon and Egg Ice Cream at La Macelleria Gelateria

To celebrate Australia Day, La Macelleria Gelateria is launching a new bacon and egg flavour! With smoked bacon infused egg-based gelato with maple syrup candied bacon pieces, it’s the perfect excuse to have ice cream for breakfast. This delicious new flavour will be available at all stores except the King Street Store.

When: Sunday January 26, 11am-10pm (12pm-10pm for Coorparoo Square)
Where: Teneriffe, West End, Coorparoo Square stores

Pool party at Birdees

Ease the heat this weekend by stopping by at Birdees this Sunday for an Australia Day pool party! Not only will the Birdees pool be open, there will also be a blow up pool in the Beer Garden! Giveaways and prizes on the day.

When: Sunday from 12pm
Where: Birdees
Cost: Free entry

Australia Day at The Charming Squire

There’s no better way to celebrate the long weekend than with a barbecue lunch, some beer and some good company. Grab a ticket and join in on the fun this long weekend for The Charming Squire’s long share lunch this Sunday! Chefs Deniz Coskun, Tony Tierney, Steve Hursey and Jason Anderson have prepared an Australia Day shared menu to enjoy! You don’t want to miss this.

All ticket sales and proceeds will go directly to Aussie farmers affected by the bushfires and drought.

When: Sunday January 26, 1-4pm.
Where: The Charming Squire, South Brisbane
Price: $49pp, tickets essential
For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

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