Full guide to Australia Day events

Aussie blues legend Ash Grunwald will rock out on Australia Day in Warwick.

• Great Australian Bites

Celebrate Australia Day at Great Australian Bites with home-grown music legend Ash Grunwald.

Come together with family and friends in Warwick with free entry, pop-up food stalls serving local produce and a live entertainment program guaranteed to get your toes tapping while soaking up the summer atmosphere.

Aussie blues star Ash Grunwald will headline the day with local acts Sleeping Dogs, SideTracked, The Fern Brothers and Joel Anthony keeping the crowds entertained with lively tunes.

Local restaurants will be serving up delectable treats, celebrating our Southern Downs and Granite Belt produce.

Festivities kick off at 4pm and wrap up at 10pm, so head to Palmerin Street this Saturday 26 January to join in the fun.

Great Australian Bites is presented by the Queensland Government in partnership with Southern Downs Regional Council and the National Australia Day Council. For more information contact Council on 1300 697 372.

• Stanthorpe Australia Day Celebrations and Citizenship Ceremony

Enjoy live entertainment from Mark Carter and Cole Train with heaps of Aussie activities including a pie eating competition, gum boot throwing, billy boiling and more! Join in on the family fun at Weeroona Park from 4pm to 9pm.

Enjoy free entry to the Stanthorpe pool from 3pm to 7pm.

Don’t miss other events happening in Stanthorpe on Australia Day including the Triathlon from 8am and the Mercantile Relay from 10am – both at the Stanthorpe Pool.

For more information contact 07 4681 5527 or email jenny.sherrin@sdrc.qld.gov.au

• Warwick Australia Day Celebrations and Citizenship Ceremony

Join in Australia Day celebrations with the Warwick community, as the Lions Club of Warwick and Rotary Club of Warwick Sunrise band together to host a gold coin breakfast in Leslie Park on Saturday, January 26.

The event will run from 9am to 12pm near the Youth Stage on Albert St, and feature a delicious breakfast, activities for kids including face-painting, Aussie games, music from the Warwick City Band and the Warwick Thistle Pipe Band and more.

The civic part of the morning will be conducted by Southern Downs Regional Council on the Youth Stage from 10am.

This will include a citizenship ceremony, welcoming the region’s new Australians as well as a short award presentation, featuring special guest Australia Day Ambassador to the Southern Downs, Dr Tim Baker.

All are welcome for what will be a fun, family-friendly celebration of our nation.

• Youngcare CEO to visit Texas

The 2019 Australia Day Ambassador for Texas is CEO of Youngcare and Queensland Greats Award recipient Anthony Ryan.

Mr Ryan took the helm at Youngcare in November 2016 and leads the team in supporting some of the most impoverished and disempowered people in Australia – young people with high care needs. Youngcare provides age-appropriate housing solutions for young people with high physical care needs, so they can live young lives with choice, independence and dignity in their own homes.

Mr Ryan previously co-founded the Mimiki Foundation and prior to Youngcare the Edmund Rice Foundation (Australia). He received a Queensland Greats Award in 2009 for his significant contribution to the Brisbane community through his work to assist Brisbane’s homeless, street kids and elderly people.

The Australia Day Awards presentation ceremony will be held at the Texas Historical Society Museum at 40 Flemming Street this Saturday 26 January. The celebrations will begin with breakfast at 8.30am before presentations commence at 10am.

Mr Ryan will deliver an address at the ceremony before assisting with the presentation of the awards.

• Hop on a steam train…

The Southern Downs Steam Railway based in Warwick will celebrate Australia Day – and their 10th birthday – this Saturday with a family picnic train trip to Clifton. The train departs Warwick at 10am. Bookings and enquiries to 4661 9788 or visit www.sdsr.org.au

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