Ultimate guide to Australia Day on the Sunshine Coast
AUSTRALIA Day encourages us to celebrate all the things we love about our country, and what's not to love about the Sunshine Coast?
From our pristine beaches to the ancient beauty of the hinterland, there's plenty of activities on offer to help you celebrate Australia.
Visit Sunshine Coast has compiled the ultimate guide to Australia Day on the Sunshine Coast, and let's be honest, you'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the world you can take part in a dunny race, competitively eat a lamington and throw a thong all in one day.
Friday, January 25
If you're keen to get on board and celebrate Australia Day early, the Mary Valley Rattler "Aussie Express" is the way to go.
The historic train will take passengers through the Mary Valley at night on January 25, stopping at Amamoor Station for some Aussie entertainment and a barbecue.
You can even purchase a bottle of wine and local cheese platter to enjoy on board, or drop by Gympie Station's Platform No.1 Café before the trip to stock up on essentials.
Watch the sunset along Bulcock Beach at the final Caloundra Twilight Market for the summer this Australia Day weekend.
Held from 5-9pm, the Friday night markets offer street entertainment, a wide selection of food trucks and artisan stalls.
Discover an eclectic mix of artisan stalls, performers and street food at Maroochydore's Ocean St Night Markets.
The Markets are held weekly in January from 5-9pm and feature local designers, performers and producers, surrounded by restaurants and bars.
Saturday, January 26
With their new Brewhouse in Warana now open to the public, Your Mates Brewing are hosting the ultimate Australia Day party.
The event will feature live music, a barbecue, competitions, prizes and giveaways.
With 12 beers on tap, including their new brew Macca, it's sure to be a great way to spend Australia Day.
While this is a non-ticketed event, bookings are encouraged.
Belt out your favourite Aussie classic this Australia Day at the Surfair Beach Hotel Marcoola.
Kicking off at 8.30pm, the Australian Karaoke event encourages you to sing some of our country's most iconic songs, from The Horses by Daryl Braithwaite to Midnight Oil's Beds Are Burning.
Grab a mate and head down to Aussie World this Australia Day for the ultimate in extreme sport: Dunny Racing.
The event sees competitors haul a port-a-loo on wheels in a mad dash to the finish line, while their friend sits inside on the throne.
The race aside, Aussie World will host a number of free activities throughout the day including mullet tossing, a Weetbix eating challenge, sack races, crab racing and live music.
To register for the Dunny Race, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for a thong throw with a difference? Sunshine Castle will hold the Great Aussie Thong Shoot Archery Competition - putting your hand/foot coordination to the test.
The inaugural event will be led by the Castle's resident Sir Justyn, and includes Cop-a-Sponge pillory and a treasure hunt.
Get ready to show and shine during the Sunshine Coast Australia Day Convoy.
Leaving from Fishermans Rd Sports Complex, Maroochydore at 10am, the convoy will make its way down to Kings Beach Caloundra in a leisurely two-hour journey.
Enjoy a BYO barbecue at the end.
Buderim mountain will come alive this Australia Day with their annual street parade.
The line-up of events starts with the Multi Faith Thanksgiving Service at St Mark's Anglican Church at 7.30am, followed by the Buderim Lion's Hot Breakfast at Middy's Buderim from 8am and the flag raising and Welcome to Country in Burnett St at 8.30am.
The Grand Parade down Buderim's main street will start at 9am, followed by entertainment on the oval at Buderim Mountain State School featuring classic cars, clowns and more.
Celebrate by the sea at the Marcoola Rocks Australia Day event, held by Marcoola Surf Club.
Join in the fun run at 7am, enjoy Tunes on the Dunes from midday and end the night with fireworks at 7pm, followed by a movie under the stars.
With food, games and rides in the park, this is a great event for the whole family.
Australia Day just isn't complete without taking part in a gumboot throwing competition.
Combine it with an Aussie Thong Relay, and you have the perfect day out.
The Hinterland Aussie Day Expo is all about having fun as a family with billy cart races, obstacle courses and tug-of-war from 8-11.30am.
The event is hosted by more than 60 hinterland organisations, who will also be on hand for you to find out more about what's on offer in the region.
Discover work by local artisans at the Australia Day Makers' Market.
The event will be held at the Caloundra Arts Centre from 8.30am-1pm, giving you a chance to meet the makers and hear their unique stories.
Watch the sun set over the lagoon from Lorikeet Beach at Novotel Twin Waters Resort this Australia Day.
Take part in the thong throwing competition and beach cricket, before retiring to a deck chair with a drink from the Tipi Pimms or Beer Bar.
The night will end with fireworks at 7.30pm, visit their website for ticketing details.
For a family day out, head to Lions Park Noosaville for kids' activities, live entertainment and mouth-watering food.
The event will kick-off with a big Rotary Breakfast from 7am, followed by live acts such as Tribal Groove, the Andrea Kirwin Band and Nickleby the Magician.
The Cheap Fakes will complete the day with a performance at 4.15pm.
Enjoy a breakfast of tea, coffee and damper this Australia Day at the Montville Village Hall.
The event will kick off from 7am and includes live music by The Simpson Brothers' Band before a flag raising ceremony at 8am, accompanied by the Mapleton Choir singing the National Anthem.
The morning will end with a speech on the theme of community, and the annual Montville Citizen of the Year and Montville Lifetime Awards.
Join the Caloundra RSL for their Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony at Lions Park at King Beach.
The Ceremony will start at 7.30am and include a Welcome to Country and the 5th Light Horse Regiment carrying Australian and Aboriginal Flags along the beach.
Enjoy the vintage cars, and indulge in a pie and lamington eating competition, at the Australia Day Show 'n' Shine.
The event, held from 8am at the Glasshouse Mountains Sports Club, will include a jumping castle for the kids and burnout demonstrations.
Enjoy a free breakfast with games, singing and competitions at Kawana Waters Uniting Church.
The breakfast will run from 7.30-10am, with prizes up for grabs.