Discover things to do in Brisbane on Australia Day on Friday 26 January 2018. Have a picnic or barbecue in a local park, explore Brisbane's bushlands and reserves, cool off at a Council pool or watch the Australia Day fireworks display at South Bank Parklands. 

Australia Day public holiday

The Australia Day public holiday is on Friday 26 January 2018.

Find information on opening hours for Council car parks, road closures, on-street parking and Australia Day public transport.

Things to do in Brisbane on Australia Day 

Find suggestions for Brisbane City Council parks, venues, facilities and events below. We have plenty of ideas for things to do - indoor and outdoors.

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Head to South Bank Parklands this Australia Day for live music on River Quay, great food and of course, fireworks.

Walk one of Council's public art or heritage trails. Try our popular Art and the River Public Art Trail or City Centre Heritage Trail.

The 56 hectare Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha are located seven kilometres from the Brisbane Central Business District. 

Take your boat, canoe, or kayak out on the Brisbane River or creeks. Find out where to access public boat ramps, canoe ramps and pontoons.

Visit Mt Coot-tha Summit Lookout and share a photo of the view using Council's free wi-fi network.

Go fishing this public holiday. Find the location of fishing platforms in Council parks and reserves across the city.

Spend Australia Day on the tennis court with friends and family. Find a tennis court to hire near you.

Council has two public golf courses - St Lucia Golf Links and Victoria Park Golf Complex. Enjoy a round of golf this public holiday.

Council has thousands of parks scattered across the city. Hang out in one this Australia Day.

Cool off and make a splash into one of Council's pools on Australia Day. There are 22 pools located across Brisbane.

Enjoy Brisbane's beautiful summer weather this Australia Day with your dog at a local dog off-leash park.


With over 1300km of shared pathways, Brisbane is a great city to explore by bike. Try one of the rides on our Cycling Brisbane website.

08 January 2018