Wyatt and Levi dressed for Australia Day (snapped at the Tin Can Bay P-10 School concert)
Whether you are from overseas, or you were born and bred here, the Australia Day long weekend on the coast offers lots of activities – across the spectrum art exhibitions to cane toad races (yuk!).
It’s a great time to celebrate what you love about Australia and for visitors to learn about our diverse culture.
Kangas, crocs and fun at the pub
How many nationalities eat their emblem? Australia Day at the Rainbow Beach Hotel was huge last year…and in 2015 we will have DJ Tim Heffernan playing the Triple J top 100.
Expect games in true Aussie style like crab racing, cane toad races and more, plus giveaways throughout the day.
We will have a special Australia Day menu designed by our executive head chef for the day, so get your tastebuds ready to sample kangaroo, crocodile and some bush tucker.
Art, BBQs and more at the sports club
Like all good Aussies, the Rainbow Beach Sports Club loves celebrating the Australia Day long weekend with activities for the whole family.
Markets, art festival, wine and cheese tasting, live entertainment and a BBQ on the deck!
Saturday markets start the weekend off from 8am with a variety of stalls including food, arts and crafts, local produce and entertainment for the kids.
The Rainbow Beach Brushes by the Sea festival of art is held over the same weekend, showcasing our local artistic talents.
Sunday is the main day of the art festival with official proceedings from 2pm followed by the presentation of the winning entrants. Live entertainment and wine and cheese tasting kicks off from 4pm, and there is a Goose Club Raffle at 5pm.
To market, to market!
Not only is the market on Saturday at the Rainbow Beach Sports Club, there will be two craft markets – next door to Rainbow Woks and at the hall on Sunday. You’ll find jewellery, homemade jams and chutneys, art, fashions and loads more!
Sample a great Aussie pie
Award winning pies are to be found at Ed’s Beach Bakery – the only difficulty will be whether to choose the traditional mince pie or to go for another in their huge range. Lamingtons are in stock too, but get in early.
Picnic Aussie style
Cook plain old snags (that’s “sausages” to you, backpackers) or some lamb chops on the BBQ. Or sample some beautiful fresh seafood from Lee’s in Tin Can Bay and throw a blanket on the Esplanade. While away the day watching the kids burn some energy at one of the foreshore playgrounds.
Time for Aussie adventure
Hit the beach! See the sunrise from Carlo sand blow, walk up to the Double Island Point lighthouse – or take the Surf and Sand Safari escape, go fishing, kayak, learn to surf or stand up on a paddleboard. You can fill your long weekend with action-packed extreme options.
Just make sure you “’ave a great weekend”!