Thursday, 15 January 2009

Brisbane Holidays: Australia Day 2009 in Brisbane

As usual, the biggest Australia Day celebrations in Brisbane will be at Southbank.

At 9am a spiritual ceremony at the Suncorp Piazza will unite leaders of Queensland's different religions.

From 10am to 5pm there will be all sorts of free entertainment throughout South Bank Parklands: acrobats, magic, circus workshops, weird musical instruments, dance and song, and much more.

From 11am to midday, in the Cultural Forecourt near Grey Street, Australia's armed forces will be on display at the 2009 Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony. A hundred-strong honour guard, and the Band of the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery will be on display, and at midday an RAAF F-111 will perform a fly over.

And from 7.30pm to 10.30pm there's the concert in the Suncorp Piazza, featuring three Brisbane artists:

Clare Bowditch

The Gin Club

Gentle Ben and his Sensitive Side

There's plenty happening that's not at Southbank, too. At 7.45am at the Rotunda in the City Botanic Gardens, there's the 10 000 Steps Walk, where thousands of people will practice staying fit by walking 10 000 steps each day. There's also a citizenship ceremony at Hamilton, a Family Fun Day and a Barefoot Ball, both at Moorooka, a breakfast at Northgate, an open Day at Government House, Paddington, a Twilight Hot Rod show at Souths Leagues Club in West End, a concert at Woollongabba, and a family day at Wynnum.

And of course, the famous Australia Day cockroach races are on at the Story Bridge Hotel, Kangaroo Point.

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