Australia Day celebrations – but not as we know them

19 January 2021

The City’s annual Australia Day celebrations at Broadwater Parkland have been altered this year, with a series of smaller scale events planned given challenges associated with Covid-19.

Mayor Tom Tate said it was impractical to safely go ahead with the event, which normally attracts thousands of Gold Coasters each year.

“While we’d love to have everyone come together for Australia Day, we want to ensure everyone stays safe in 2021.

“Instead we’ll be celebrating all things Australiana with our themed Movies Under the Stars Summer Series for the entire week leading up to Australia Day.

“We’ll be going to Bonnie Doon with classics such as The Castle and making life as good as an Abba song with Muriel’s Wedding.

“We’ll still be going ahead with our Aquatic Centre Australia Day Pool Party however it will be on a smaller scale compared to previous years’ events,” he said.

Normal pool entry fees apply for the Australia Day Pool Party. Movies Under the Stars events are free however bookings are necessary via  

The City will also be hosting a Covid-safe Australian citizenship ceremony on Tuesday 26 January, welcoming around 50 new Australians to the city.

Movies Under the Stars Summer Series

Nightly from 7pm at the Broadwater Parklands (Great Lawn) Marine Parade, Southport



Tues 19 Jan


Wed 20 Jan

The Sapphires

Thu 21 Jan


Fri 22 Jan

Red Dog

Sat 23 Jan

The Adventures of Priscilla

Sun 24 Jan

Muriel’s Wedding

Mon 25 Jan

The Castle

Australia Day Pool Party

When: 11am – 2pm, Tuesday 26 January

Where: Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Marine Parade, Southport

Cost: Regular pool entry fees apply

Birds eye shot of the gold coast beaches and skyline.