Gold Coast Events January

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As well as being HOT! Gold Coast in January is the place to be for Summer Fun and Family Holidays.

There's certainly plenty of events, school holiday activities, festivals and even a couple of public holidays during January.

The month starts with New Year celebrations continue on and on! New Years Day on 1 January is a public holiday. If it falls on a weekend then the next working day is the public holiday.

Many people extend their holidays to cover this first week of January, which means that this week is especially busy in the tourist spots.

The Boxing Day sales have given way to the January Sales, which makes the shopping centres quite busy too, and great if you are looking for a bargain!

Monday 26 January we have Australia Day Celebrations making for a long weekend just before the Queensland schools go back for the new school year.

During January there are many fun events suitable for all members of the family, because it is out peak summer holiday time with many children on summer break until later in the month.

Events on this month include:

As well as these events, there are events, markets and shows that run throughout the year. You can find more information through these links:

How to use this page? Scroll down to see all Gold Coast Events January. You can also use the search bar in the top of the page or at the bottom to locate an event.

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.

Bucaneer Bay at Wet n Wild in Summer - great to cool off...
Bucaneer Bay at Wet n Wild.
A great place to get cool in hot summer months!

Gold Coast Events January

Magic 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)


Burleigh Heads

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


26 January


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.

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