It’s the one day of the year (possibly besides Melbourne Cup), that the whole of Australia celebrates a ‘true blue’ tradition, and that is the celebration of Australia Day.
In fact what makes Australia Day even more special is the fact that Captain James Cook himself sailed right past the Queensland coastline in 1770 on the HM Bark Endeavour on his epic journey whilst discovering Australia, and he spotted the range of extinct volcanoes formed around 26 million years ago. These prehistoric masses reminded him of the huge glass furnaces in the glasshouses back in his native Yorkshire, and that is exactly what he named them.
There is a pretty good chance he sailed right past Coolum Beach as well, unbeknown to his adventurous spirit that one day the Sunshine Coast would be one of Australia’s favourite holiday spots.
Australia certainly has come a long way since the days of hardship the early settlers had to face, but 245 years, from the 23rd to the 26th of January, Coolum is set to celebrate Australia Day in the way the Sunshine Coast does best, outdoors enjoying the smell of the seaspray from the beach and the sunshine, which the Sunshine Coast was aptly named after.
The Australia Day festivities kick off on Friday Night, 23rd January, with the popular Twilight Markets, which attracts plenty of locals as well as visitors. enjoy the fresh summer night air and sound of the waves crashing on the beach in the background as you stroll through an assortment of stalls offering everything from fresh local produce and tasty treats, through to unique locally-made gifts, fashion and many other items.
There is plenty of live entertainment as well, giving the markets a real carnival feel, and definitely a great place to visit if you are looking for something the whole family can go out and do on a Friday night without blowing the holiday budget.
Saturday Night is movie night in the Park at Coolum, and another opportunity to get out and enjoy the night breeze and meet a few new faces of other visitors.
As a tribute to Australia, the popular movie Red Dog will be the feature of the night, a movie based on a true story about a red Dog that is in search for his long lost missing master. It’s a great film for young and old, so bring your portable chairs or a rug, some snacks and head on down to Tickle Park at Coolum Beach.
Monday the 26th of January is when the real celebrations start, with the Australia Day Festivities kicking off at 10am at Tickle Park. This includes a very Australian-themed day full of ironman surf events, plenty of live Australian music, food and of course in true Queensland style, toad races.
And of course, with any festival, no matter how young or old, everyone will love the fireworks show.
So if you are looking for a great way to spend a memorial Australia Day this year, call the Beach Retreat at Coolum and book your Australia Day accommodation.
Aussie Aussie Aussie!