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  • Meet the Locals on Australia Day

    Posted by Jennifer Anderson January 25, 2014 - 703 views - 0 comments - 0 likes - #culture  #brisbane  #AustraliaDay  #publicholiday  #nationalcelebrations 

    Being out and about in Brisbane on Australia Day provides the perfect opportunity to get to know the novelties of Australia's cultural identity. You'll see the Aussie sense of humour ablaze with the celebration of things that universally appeal to our multicultural nation – thongs, mangos, prawns... On Australia Day we recognise and celebrate the more serious achievements of our citizens with the Australian of the Year Awards.


    The day is mostly filled with family, friends and is a time to relax and recover after the silly season or have one last stint of holiday antics. Listening to the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown is a much-loved tradition. This publicly elected top 100 songs of the year is blasted from radios all over Australia, every Australia Day. The government-funded radio station is dedicated to supporting Australian music and is a great way to add some Australian up-and-coming bands to your playlist. Triple J listeners are known to have discernible tastes, with the Hottest 100 being an auditory joy every year – definitely a not-to-be-missed on Australia Day.


    Celebrate Australia Day the way most locals do by attending a 'house party'. My pick of  house parties on offer and free to attend include those by A&C, Limes Hotel and Ric's Bar. Head to A&C for one of their famous house parties. A&C usually focus on quality ingredients and their Australia Day House Party will be of no exception - you'll find locally sourced produce in abundance. Feast with locals on large communal tables, drink between several bars, with the Triple J Hottest 100 playing.


    Also in Fortitude Valley, you'll find Limes Hotel offering an Australia Day Rooftop Resort BBQ. An easy-going way to spend a high-summer day; you'll find cocktails, Corona buckets, a BBQ menu, the Triple J Hottest 100 and a top Australian DJ continuing the tunes late at night.


    Ric's Bar, on Brunswick Street in the heart of Fortitude Valley, will offer live music, a huge mechanical surfboard, DJs and the Triple J Hottest 100.


    For entertainment-plus that will keep you active all day there's a couple of options to boast. For families, South Bank Parklands or the newly developed Gasworks Plaza are the places to go. South Bank Parklands will be the centre of Australia Day celebrations. This popular tourist destination usually hosts Queensland's public cultural events. On Australia Day you'll find family entertainment, interactive art installations, live music, a traditional flag raising ceremony and fireworks display. At noon, be thrilled by the RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) flypast and a twenty-one gun salute. At the festival the Young Designers Market will make a special appearance. You can catch this funky and fashion- and handicraft-oriented market in South Bank on the first Sunday of every month.      


    One of Brisbane's new hotspots is Gasworks Plaza in Newstead, located around 15 minutes from the CBD. Brisbane's newest precinct for shopping, dining and entertainment will be hosting a range of competitions throughout the day. As a celebration our favourite things, there'll be thong throwing, prawn peeling and mango eating. The Plaza will also put on free live music and offer gourmet food from its' resident restaurants, eateries and food outlets. The Triple J Hottest 100 will be broadcast from the Plaza's iconic Gasometer frame.


    A visit to Brisbane wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Story Bridge Hotel. Brisbane's iconic three story watering hole was built in 1886, and has since drawn crowds of all ages to its' several bars, restaurants and function spaces. Nestled under the Story Bridge, every Australia Day the hotel hosts the Annual Australia Day Cockroach Races. A creature of everyday nuisance in Queensland's tropical climate is famed for one day of dramatic competition. Purchase your own lucky cockroach to enter into the race or simply donate a gold coin to look on. You'll also find live music and food tents serving Aussie cuisine for a day of pure Aussie vibes.


    Words by Jennifer Anderson