Plan your Australia Day – It’s time to Celebrate being an Aussie
  • Wednesday 20 January 2010

Australia Day is gaining momentum on the Sunshine Coast with thousands expected at Caloundra on Tuesday at the Sunshine Coast Council’s major celebrations.

This year the party is at two venues, with music and festivities at both Kings Beach and Happy Valley, with activities and entertainment for all ages. Visitors can move between the two locations via the beautiful coastal boardwalk or jump on a free shuttle.

The party at both sites, begins at 9am, with iconic Aussie music legends Brian Cadd, providing a “A Little Ray of Sunshine” and Russel Morris, who knows “The Real Thing” taking the stage at Happy Valley from 5.30pm.

Not to be out done will be local legends Mayor Bob Abbot and friends with the Green Machine from 4pm—they’re raising awareness and funds for the environment.

Kids activities, circus acts, workshops and games will run throughout the day. Other acts on stage will include Lisa Hunt, Harri Bandhu, Tim Gaze, Michelle Brown, Lara Jane, Lucy Hannah, Canta La Tumba, Kahn, Drew Wilson and bush band Rantan.

Event Manager Richie Eyles said a great day of family fun was planned with some wonderful entertainment on offer for all ages. “We have a great line up of entertainment and expect the crowd to be well behaved!” he said.

The event will emphasise the importance of safety, building on the Holiday Safety Campaign which has seen council successfully working closely with its regional partners (Qld Police, Qld Transport, Sunbus, Sunshine Coast Cabs, Street Angels, Street Reach, Lifeguards, Coastguard, CALM Sunshine Coast and a number of coast business associations) to promote the safety message to residents and visitors to the Sunshine Coast over the 2009/2010 holiday season. The campaign focused on the promotion of personal responsibility and community safety – to enhance everyone’s enjoyment of the coast.

“Traffic snarls should be averted, with all rights to park in Happy Valley temporarily removed from midnight Sunday 25 January.

“Instead, free parking has been organised at either the Transit Centre in Cooma Terrace, just a dance step away from Happy Valley, or in Queen Street near the Caloundra State High School.”

A shuttle bus will run continually from 9am until 9pm with stops at the Caloundra Bus Interchange in Cooma Terrace, Happy Valley, Kings Beach and Queen Street (in front of the high school). The bus and parking is free.