Burnett Guide to Australia Day

Kingaroy's Ultimate Frisbee crew are all ready for Australia Day: Henry Darby, Blake Stevenson, Samuel Graley and Samuel Larkin with Jethro, Arthur, Connor, Knightly, D'Artagnan, William, Nate and Georgiana Darby. 226078 Picture: Jessica McGrath

Australia Day is a chance to catch up with mates, enjoy a meat pie or sausage sizzle, recognise Aussie traditions and reflect on our nation’s heritage.

Across the North and South Burnett there are plenty of great events giving Aussies an opportunity to celebrate Australia Day.

Here’s a list of some of the events lined up:

Murgon Australia Day Celebrations

Tuesday, 26 January from 7:00am at the Queensland Dairy & Heritage Museum.

Wondai Australia Day Celebrations

Tuesday, 26 January from 7:00am at the Wondai Memorial Hall.

Travelling Film Festival

Sunday, 24 January and Tuesday, 26 January at 6.30pm

Film fanatics can watch eight short Australian movies to enliven their national spirit.

The sunday showing will offer family-friendly films, with the Tuesday viewing being more suitable for those who enjoy a risque plot.

Tickets are $10 including coffee and cake.

Contact Nanango Theatre Company president Jon Fearnley on 0407 631 611 to book a ticket.

North Burnett award ceremonies

Tuesday, 26 January

Each of the North Burnett towns will kick off their Australia Day with an Aussie breakfast followed by an awards ceremony recognising the amazing people in their communities.

Residents are reminded to bring their own hat and sunscreen along to the event.

Any families who had a baby born in 2020 are encouraged to nominate for a special Australia Day Baby Certificate before Monday, 18 January.

For more information contact the North Burnett Regional Council on 1300 696 272 or admin@northburnett.qld.gov.au/australia-day

Biggenden: 7.30am breakfast and 8.30am awards ceremony at the showgrounds.

Eidsvold: 7.30am breakfast and 8.30am awards ceremony at Apex Park.

Gayndah: 7am breakfast and 8am awards ceremony at the swimming pool.

Monto: 7.30am breakfast and 8,30am awards ceremony at the swimming pool.

Mt Perry: 8am breakfast and 9.15am awards and citizenship ceremony at the showgrounds.

Mundubbera: 8am breakfast and 9.15am awards ceremony at Bicentennial Park.

South Burnett Australia Day awards ceremony

Sunday, 24 January

The official awards ceremony for the South Burnett will be held at the Wondai Town Hall, invite only. The community organisations, sportspersons, volunteers and citizens of the year will be announced during the ceremony.

Australia Day at the Carrollee Hotel

Tuesday, 26 January noon-3pm

Head along to Kingaroy’s Carrollee Hotel for some Australia Day fun.

There will be face painting, hair braiding and even a water slide.

A meat pie eating competition will be held at 2.30pm and musicians Tucker & Chop will be performing live from midday.

Top of the Blackbutt Range Australia Day markets

Tuesday, 26 January 7am-1pm

Enjoy a great day out at Blackbutt browsing the boutique markets with handmade products and produce, enjoy an Aussie ‘snag’ and play some classic ‘Arvo’ games.

The live music event, ‘Bands at the Butt’, will kick off at 9am with performances from talented folk from around the South Burnett.

Avocado games, gumboot throwing, rolling pin throws and the horseshoe hurl will be just the start of the fun.

As Blackbutt is famous for its pies and avocados, a range of avocado foods will be available. Be sure to stop in at the Avo-Bar-Do stall to try their range of shakes, smoothies and alcoholic options to sip through the summer day.

Live music at Blackbutt’s Hotel Radnor

Tuesday, 26 January from 3pm

Head along to the Hotel Radnor for their Aussie fun and barbeque.

There will be live music from 3pm with ‘The Demon Drink’ and ‘Playing Hard-Drivin’ Rootsy’ sharing some covers and original songs.

Out the back Blackbutt’s own world champion woodchopper Mitch Argent will be featured in an exhibition wood chop and chainsaw race.

Boondooma Museum & Heritage Association’s Australia Day Event

Tuesday, 26 January

Reflect on Australia’s history at Boondooma Homestead (8262 Mundubbera-Durong Road, Boondooma)

A flag raising and affirmation ceremony commences at 5pm, followed by a gold-coin-donation barbeque.

Entertainers and performers are welcomed to put on a show.

RSVP by Thursday, 21 January, to The Caretaker on (07) 4168 0159 or Judy Brandt on 0427 364 026.

A bus will run from Murgon, Wondai, Proston and Hivesville costing $5.

The bus stop itinerary is:

Murgon State School – 2.40pm departure

Opposite Wondai IGA – 3pm departure

Opposite Hivesville QCWA – 3.35pm departure

Proston Town Hall – 3.50pm departure

To book a set contact Proston Country Bus Service on (07) 4168 9296 or email davidrichardson@hotmail.com.au

Australia Day in the Park in Hivesville

Tuesday, 26 January, 7am

The Hivesville community will be starting their Australia Day with a flag raising ceremony at Hivesville Memorial Park. This will be followed by an awards ceremony and breakfast.

Kingaroy Australia Day 2021

Tuesday, 26 January, 7am

Kingaroy will be getting into the Aussie spirit at the celebrations held at the Kingaroy Cricket Club’s Lyle Vidler Oval.

Five-time Guinness World Record holder Nathan ’Whippy’ Griggs will entertain the crowd with his whip cracking skills.

After the official awards ceremony Rob and Claire Fitzherbert will play some live music.

The under 17s North and South teams will then go head to head in the great Australia Day T20 cricket match.

Commercial Hotel Biggenden

Tuesday, 26 January

Head along to The Commerical at Biggenden for some Australia Day fun. It will be a relaxing day of food, music and drinks with live music from 2-6pm. The Bistro will be open from 12-2pm for lunch and dinner at 6-8pm.

Australia Day in Nanango

Tuesday, 26 January

Head along to the Nanango Showgrounds for the town’s Australia Day celebrations. An Aussie breakfast will run from 7-9am followed by bush poetry, a flag raising ceremony and the presentation of local Australia Day award winners.

There will be a thong throwing competition, tug of war, dog high jumps and also an Aussie Day sing-along with the NaTDA Nanango Community Choir.