Celebrate Australia Day in Brisbane this weekend!

G’day mates! 🙂

This weekend is a particularly special time as many activities and events will begin to celebrate the mother of all holidays on Tuesday the 26th of January – it’s AUSTRALIA DAY!!

Please be advised that Lexis is open this Monday 25th of January where classes will be running as normal. The school will then be closed on Tuesday 26th of January. Take this opportunity to gather your mates, crack open a few tinnies and chuck another shrimp on the barbie to celebrate our beautiful country! 🙂

Check out some of the activities happening in Brisbane this weekend and leading into Australia Day.

Us Aussies are known for our wild sense of humour, and this first activity proves just that! This Saturday (23/1), Doomben Racecourse will host the most epic food battle of them all! Doomben is known for it’s horse racing and glamourous fashion shows, but this Saturday it will be turned the completely opposite way! Get your friends together for the super squishy, super smelly TOMATO BATTLE!! All tomatoes used at this event are all recycle-ready and/or spoiled and it’s all for a great cause! Tomato Battle’s partnered up with feedOne who will provide safe and ready to eat foods to underprivileged children, and all proceeds from the event will be donated to worthy causes. All tomatoes used will be moved to farms around QLD and recycled into fertilizer to grow new and yummy food! Gates are open from 1pm, and tickets must be purchased online. Live entertainment/music all afternoon, and the tomato showdown will start at 4pm. For more information click here.


Head on down to South Bank from Saturday (23/1) until Tuesday (26/1) to celebrate the Great Australia Bites event. There will be food stalls showcasing Queensland cuisines made from local ingredients. Live entertainment for all ages; all day every day. Fill your bellies with some great local Aussie tucker, and if you visit South Bank on Australia Day evening, there will be a fireworks display starting at 7:30pm. Fun, food and fireworks?! Sounds good to me! 🙂 Click here for more information.


Haven’t had the chance to see Brisbane City from the river yet? Then this might be a good chance to do so! On Australia Day (26/1), The Kookaburra Showboat Cruises are offering both  lunch and dinner time cruises down the Brisbane river. Live music, Aussie inspired 3-course meals and competition for the best dressed Aussie –  all for the price of $49 (lunch only) and $69 (dinner). These are the student prices – so be sure to have your student ID with you. Tickets can be booked online, over the phone or in store. Check out the information sheet here!


Australia Day wouldn’t be complete without the  Story Bridge Hotel’s Cockroach Races. This year marks the 35th anniversary for the cocky races, so be sure to check it out! Entry is simply a gold coin donation, and punters have the chance to bet on their favourite little critter for only $5! Tonnes of prizes to be won, and celebrations will go on well into the evening. If you prefer not to handle these creepy crawlies, you can come up with the most creative name instead and have the chance to earn yourself a place in the Hall of Fame! 😀 It doesn’t get more Australian than this! The Story Bridge Hotel is located in Kangaroo Point – perfect for those of you who live over that way! More information can be found here, or you can take a look at the official website here.


The weather for the Australia Day weekend is shaping up to be another hot one, but there is a chance for a few local showers and possible afternoon storms which are due to cool things down a bit! Remember to plan your journey ahead of time and most of all be safe! You can keep up-to-date with the weather and track any nasty storms before they hit all on the BOM website here.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone! 🙂 Show us your Aussie inspired photos via our Facebook group 🙂


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