Australia Day

26 January 2015

97 days to go

Getting to the Australia Day Festival

The Australia Day Festival will be held at the Parklands, South Bank, on Sunday 26 January 2014.

Public transport

Getting to this year's festival is easy with TransLink. All TransLink bus, train and ferry services will run to a regular Sunday timetable on Australia Day.

There will be some minor delays on CityCat and CityHopper services between approximately 11.50 am and 12.10 pm for the Flag Raising Ceremony. CityCat and CityHopper services will not operate between North Quay, South Bank and QUT Gardens Point terminals during this time.

CityCat and CityHopper services will also not operate between North Quay; South Bank 1, 2 or 3; or QUT Gardens Point from approximately 7.20 pm to 7.50 pm due to the fireworks display. 

Travel using go card and save. With TransLink's 9 and free go card initiative* you can travel free to this year's Australia Day Festival.

Call 13 12 30 or visit the TransLink website for more information and *terms and conditions.


The riverside car park (QPAC) will be closed to the public from midnight to 2 pm on Sunday 26 January.

Paid parking will be available at the South Bank Parklands underground car park, Queensland Art Gallery and Queensland Museum car park, Stanley Place car park (State Library), and the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Please refer to the carpark websites for rates.

All street parking within the South Bank precinct is managed by Brisbane City Council.

Road closures and limited use

A full road closure of Russell Street will be enforced from 6 am to 8.30 pm.  Access to the Cultural Forecourt via the Cultural Centre Tunnel will be limited between 9 am and 2 pm.

Little Stanley Street, Tribune Street to Glenelg Streets, will be closed for the Young Designers Markets from 6 am – 7 pm. Access to the South Bank car park will be maintained at both entry/exit points.

Brisbane River closures

The South Bank stretch of the Brisbane River and Clem Jones Promenade in front of the Cultural Forecourt will be closed from approximately 11.50 am to 12.10 pm.

A full river closure will also take place at the South Bank reach of the Brisbane River from the Victoria Bridge to the Goodwill Bridge between 7.20 pm to 7.50 pm.

Water Police will be in place to monitor all marine vessels. Commercial and recreational vessels are requested to travel at idle speed.

For further information on the river closure and exclusion zone, please see Maritime Safety Queensland’s Notices to Mariners information. 


The Australian Defence Force will be conducting a traditional 21 gun salute at the Cultural Forecourt, South Bank, at 12 noon. The RAAF flypast over the Parklands will also take place after 12 noon.

Conditions of entry to the Australia Day Festival

  • The Australia Day festival is an all-ages, alcohol free event.
  • All festival visitors must be mindful of their surroundings. Loud and/or intoxicated, disruptive or intimidating behaviour will not be tolerated anywhere on the festival grounds and those persons will be evicted
  • Activities may not supervised.
  • Children must be under the direct supervision of an adult at all times.
  • Use of all equipment is at own risk.
  • To the extent permitted by law, the State of Queensland, Brisbane Marketing and South Bank Parklands will not be responsible for any personal injury, loss or damage arising from or in connection with the use of the equipment or participation in the activities, whether or not the injury, loss or damage is caused by any person’s negligence.
  • Security surveillance is monitoring the equipment at all times.
  • Any vandalism or theft of equipment will be reported to the Queensland Police Service.