Joshua McOwan is ready for Australia Day.
Joshua McOwan is ready for Australia Day. Renee Pilcher

Australia Day fun ready to fire up

AUSTRALIA Day will be celebrated around the region with a stack of fair dinkum fun.

We all love a good party, and Gympie has some great family friendly events for all ages, both indoors and outdoors.

Tin Can Bay Yacht Club is hosting the Australia Day Challenge with an Aussie Breakfast, sailing, kayaking and dragon boat activities from 7.30am.

An Aussie breakfast at the Worbington's, 237 Lobwein Rd, Kybong, in aid of Little Haven Palliative Care, starts at 8am.

Barbecue and community celebrations from 10am at Widgee Community Complex, Power Road, Widgee.

Tin Can Bay Country Club has golf and bowls competitions, live music and entertainment from 11am.

The Jockey Club will host a thong throwing competition, a traditional Aussie barbecue, a pie-eating competition, with prizes for the winners as well as for best Aussie dressed.

The action starts at midday.

Gunalda Hotel has organised the Australia Day Challenge.

Teams of six are invited to enter for $60 to win cash prizes throughout the day.

The day will begin with an innings of wheelie bin cricket, followed by a pie-eating contest, crayfish races and a live band.

The teams will also be pulling the courtesy bus to win the major prize.

The Royal will have Willows' lead singer/ keyboardist, Sam Bannink playing solo from 5.30pm, followed by DJ Glenno from 8pm-2am.

Freemasons Hotel will celebrate Australia Day in the Sportsman's Bar all day with an Aussie feed and pool competition starting at 5pm.

The Mount Pleasant will have live music with Noel Simons and a free sausage sizzle as well as raffles.

Aussie Day celebrations will happen between 1pm and 5pm.

Gympie Regional Council will present the Regional Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony for 14 candidates from 4pm.

There will be entertainment by the Cooloola Community Orchestra, followed by light refreshments.

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