Australia Day in the Moreton Bay Region

"Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi," pull out those thongs as Australia Day celebrations reach the corners of the Moreton Bay Region in 2018.

2018 Australia Day in the Moreton Bay Region is going to be HUGE!

Most countries around the world have a national celebration, the French have Bastille Day, the Americans have Independence Day. Here in Australia, we have Australia Day on January 26th.

In 2018, Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism (MBRIT) and Moreton Bay Regional Council (MBRC) present two signature free events located on beautiful Bribie Island and the Redcliffe peninsula. Both will feature beach games, live music and a fireworks finale!

But that's not all, there are a number of local events happening around the region where you can participate in 'thong throwing' competitions, enjoy a lamington or just enjoy a 'shrimp on the barbie' whilst listening to live Australian music. Scroll down to discover what's happening on Australia Day. 

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Fun Facts for First Timers Celebrating Australia Day

If you've never celebrated Australia Day before, here are some fun Aussie facts. 

STALE CAKE:  It's true, Australians have turned 'stale cake' into a national symbol with the 'Lamington'! Essentially sponge cake dipped in a chocolate sauce and covered with coconut flakes. It is theorised the Lamington was the invention of Lord Lamington, Governor of Queensland from 1896 to 1901, for the purpose of using up stale cake. With no refrigeration at the time, Lord Lamington must have enjoyed many a coconut covered treat with his cup of tea. 

GREEN AND GOLD: Whilst green and gold are not colours found in the Australian flag, they have long been associated with Australian national sporting team uniforms, the first being the Australian cricket team in 1899. It wasn't until 1984 that Governor-General of Australia, Sir Ninian Stephen officially established them as the national colours of Australia. To this day they continue to be embraced by our national sporting teams. 

Gold represents the Australian national flower - the golden wattle (Acacia pycanantha), featured on our country's Coat of Arms.

SLANG: No one does 'slang' better than an Aussie. We have perfected the art of taking a perfectly normal phrase and turning it into something that sounds entirely different!  Here's 20 Aussie slang phrases or words for you to test out:

  1. G'day mate: Hello 
  2. The Bottle-O: Shop that sells takeaway alcoholic drinks
  3. Maccas: McDonalds
  4. Arvo: Afternoon
  5. Barbie: Barbeque
  6. Shrimp on the barbie: Cooking prawns on a hot plate or barbeque
  7. Fair dinkum: Honest and genuine
  8. No worries mate: Not a problem
  9. Ripper: Really great
  10. Stubbie holder: Insulated holder for beer or a soft drink can
  11. Thongs: Slip on rubber shoe also known as flip-flops or jangles
  12. Sweet as: Awesome
  13. Togs: Swimsuit
  14. Slab: 24-pack of beer
  15. Sickie: Sick day, unwell and unable to work
  16. She'll be right: Everything is going to be alright
  17. Roo: Adult kangaroo
  18. Esky: Insulated cooler to keep drinks and food cool when filled with ice
  19. Chockers: Very full, no room
  20. Mozzie: Mosquito

We hope you enjoy spending your Australia Day with us. If in doubt about our Australia Day traditions or what's on offer on our national public holiday, drop into one of our region's Visitor Information Centres.

You can also read this wonderful article on 'What's Australia Day and why do we celebrate it?' which explains why, for many Indigenous Australians, the 26th of January is a National Day of Mourning.