Gold Coast Events January
Millions Horse Carnival in January On Gold Coast
Early January for 12 Days
Magic Millions Sales Complex & Gold Coast Race Course, Bundall
Carnival and horse sales. The first few days there are viewings of the horses for sale and then the sales of Yearlings starts - that is the main part of the sales. Towards the end there are the racehorse sales.
Magic Millions Race Day is usually run on the last Saturday.
During this time there is also the Gold Coast Turf Club Ladies Raceday - Metropolitan Raceday usually on the first Saturday, where the ladies get free entry!
Magic Millions Open Day is usually the first Sunday from 10am to 5.30pm with an invitation to find out more about Magic Millions. This is a big event and highly promoted and you will often find one of the local radio stations there with a promo team. There are lots of other interesting stalls, marquees and of couse the Magic Millions yearlings! This is a free event and there is fee parking onsite.
There are lots of other events, but these are a few of the options. You can check out the website for more information.
Brisbane International Tennis Championships
First Sunday in January for 1 week
Queensland State Tennis Centre, Tennyson, Brisbane
Although, not a Gold Coast Event, this is very popular at this time of the year, and if you like tennis it is a great event that is fairly easy to get to from the Gold Coast.
This is a full on tennis International event. For many years the Australian Womens Hardcourt Championships were held at Royal Pines in the Gold Coast.
With the building of the new State Tennis Centre these championships have been merged with the men's as a lead up meet to the Australian Open.
If you are planning on visiting the new tennis center is close to the Tennyson Railway station and is approximately 10kms south of the center of Brisbane, near Yeerongpilly.
It's always hot! And you can usually get quite affordable general day tickets for a very memorable day out.
More information at Brisbane International Website.
Annual Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Classic & Festival
Around 2nd weekend in January (check dates)
Annual Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Classic and Festival is a bit of an iconic event! It has changed a bit over the years but has been running since the late 1990s.
Main festival runs from Saturday to Sunday at Burleigh Heads and it is usually presented by local surfing company Billabong. More information at Burleigh Boardriders Website.
Gatorade Queensland Triathlon Series Gold Coast
A Weekend in Mid January
Robina Parklands - Corner Robina Parkway & Boowaggan Rd
The Queensland Triathlon series runs events across Queensland with this Round at Gold Coast.
Format can change, but there is usually an Open Water Swim, 500m Enticer and 1500m Competitive events on the Saturday, and the Queensland Tri Series (Sprint), Long Enticer and Kool Kids events on the Sunday.
More information at Queensland Triathlon Series Website.
O'Reillys Annual Wildlife Week
Runs Sunday to Friday usually starts around mid-January
O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat Lamington National Park Road via Canungra
If you are into wildlife, or just want to learn more, this would be an awesome week. O'Reilly's is pretty special place at any time, but the opportunity to have a week of trapping, sneaking up on and learning about all types of wildlife in the local area would be amazing.
O'Reillys is in the Gold Coast Hinterland. You can daytrip to O'Reilly's self drive or with a tour. They hold various "weeks" for birdwatching and this one O’Reillys Annual Wildlife week. The format is similar each year but there are limited places so make sure to book in early.
Whether you stay at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat during Annual Wildlife Week or not, there's lots to enjoy.
Australia Day Gold Coast
Locations all over Gold Coast and Australia!
Australia Day celebrations around the country on this day. You will find many Australian flags, BBQs in parks, picnics on the beach and general Aussie good natured celebration of all it means to be Australian.
There will be lots of locals out and about, it will be a busy day and some shops and restaurants may be closed.
If Australia Day falls on a weekend, then the Australia Day Public Holiday is the next working day.
More information about Australia Day.
Gold Coast Food and Wine Show
Usually Friday to Sunday in late Janaury or early February
Gold Coast Convention Centre in Broadbeach
The annual Gold Coast Food and Wine Show usually starts around midday on Friday and runs through daily through to Sunday around 5pm. It is a massive show that local and visiting foodies enjoy!
It is located at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in Broadbeach right next to Jupiters Casino (now known as The Star Gold Coast) and easy walk or monorail trip across to the heart of Broadbeach with range of fantastic restaurants and accommodation options.
With the opening of the G:Link light rail system, it is also extremely easy to visit this area from Surfers Paradise.
The format usually includes shows, displays, demonstrators and of course celebrity chefs especially those from the current batch of cooking shows - like Master Chef and My Kitchen Rules. In addition, you will also get to see restaurant chefs.
If you love food and cooking. This is the place to be. More information can be found at Food & Wine Expo.
Chinese New Year
Variable Dates in January or February
Chinese New Year falls in either January or February.
Gold Coast Chinatown is the centre of any celebrations. Chinatown is a relatively new zone to the Gold Coast and is found in Southport just a short trip on the new G:Link Trams from Surfers Paradise. It is located on Young and Davenport Streets.
Each Saturday there are now Chinese Markets in this area too.
Usually there are also celebrations in Surfers Paradise including dragon dancing, cultural displays, traditional music and dance plus delicious chinese foods to eat. They are usually on the weekends closest to the actual date of Chinese New Year.
Sometimes the theme parks put on special parades or events, but they are just part of normal admission.
Chinese New Year Celebrations in Brisbane
The biggest celebrations for Chinese New Year are in Brisbane as it has a larger, more established and vibrant Chinese district - Chinatown Mall in The Valley in Brisbane.
The events are very structured in Brisbane, with events usually starting on the Friday and Saturday evenings (5pm to 10pm) stepping through the rituals of saying goodbye to the old year and then welcoming the new year in.
Sunday celebrations are in the afternoon usually from noon through to 5pm. It's a great experience for all ages, and you get plenty of opportunity to be entertained or enjoy some Chinese food.
Disclaimer: Whilst every care is taken to provide correct information, the information about Gold Coast events, festivals, shows and other activities shown on this and other pages within this website is a guide only.
Dates are subject to change without notice.
Please check with individual event organisers before planning your trip around these dates.