Australia Day in the Riverland

Time to crank out the cricket bat, don the Brazilian made footwear (havaianas) and have a BBQ.  Yep, it’s time for Australia day in the Riverland. Australia Day is a celebration of Australia and a good chance to do the things we love doing the most! (BBQ’s and cricket yeah?)

The best part about Australia Day 2018 is it’s a long weekend! Unlike last year where a good chunk of Australia took a day off between Australia Day and the weekend, (how Aussie I know) this year you won’t have to make that fake doctors certificate or make up some dodgy excuse about your cousins cat going missing and you had to help find it.

Ok, so what’s the go in the Riverland Australia Day long weekend? Read below and plan your weekend how you wish, as there are many options!


Australia Day BBQ’s

Now’s the time to rekindle that backyard cricket form from Boxing Day and celebrate Australia Day, but before you take to the wicket why not do the most Aussie thing ever and have a BBQ breakfast.

The good news is you won’t have to go far for a BBQ either with most towns hosting an Australia day BBQ breakfast. It’s also a great time to recognise the Australia Day award winners. Show your appreciation and have a great brekky at the same time! 

Australia Day BBQ locations

LOXTON: Loxton Rotunda East Terrace Loxton.

BERRI: Berri Riverfront

RENMARK: Jarret memorial gardens

KINGSTON ON MURRAY: Kingston Riverfront


Australia Day Eve @ Rivaz Nightclub

Keen to start you Riverland weekend off with a party? Well the Riverland’s premier nightclub Rivaz is for you! It’s the start of a long weekend so why not go out and party! The night club opens at 9 and what makes this more Aussie is there’s a BBQ! Yep, you read right a BBQ at a nightclub!

Australia Day is not forgotten either at the Renmark Club, with entertainment on the balcony with pop-up bars, cocktails and plenty of good vibes.

WHERE: Rivaz Nightclub, Murray Avenue Renmark.

WHEN: Australia Day Eve 25th January and Australia Day January 26th.


Annual Pie & Pavlova Eating Competition

What’s Australia Day celebrations without a pie and pav eating competition?  Join in a bit of Australia Day Weekend fun with the Cobdogla Annual Pie and Pavlova eating competition. Fun and entertainment for all ages with the men's, womens & junior competition beginning at 7.30pm

WHERE: Cobdogla Club

WHEN: January 27th


Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery.

Now we know this place is always good but this Australia day weekend it’s set to be great!  Like we said there’s not much better than sitting on the deck or lawns of the Woolshed Brewery just watching the world go by with a delicious beverage. But this Australia Day long weekend there’s at least three more reasons why you should go to the brewery.  

-Three whole days of delicious locally brewed products

-Three whole days of great food

-Three whole days of great music.

Seriously, what more do you need?

Kicking things off on Australia Day there’s live music from Blue & Russ, they’ll be pumping out the tunes why you kick back and enjoy the glorious Riverland sunshine.

Saturday you can catch the music countdown that was formerly on Australia Day then on Sunday they’ll be live music once more by Natasha Drabsch. 

WHERE: Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery Murtho

WHEN: Australia Day long weekend.


Australia Day at Waikerie!

Waikerie’s Australia Day celebrations!

In terms of Australia Day celebrations this is a big one! So big it needs an oval to accommodate it. There’s a massive list of entertainment from bouncy castles to sideshows and even freestyle motocross demonstrations from freestyle motocross pro Luke McNeil.

So get your picnic rug, enjoy some great food and music, and to top off a great night there’s fireworks! 

Cost is just $5 for adults, U18’s just $2 with under 12’ getting in for free.

WHERE: Waikerie Oval

WHEN: January 27th – gates open at 6PM


Caudo Vineyard Australia Day Weekend.

Australia Day weekend at Caudo’s is set to be memorable. Why? Well why no. Of course there’s the amazing sangria, wine and food on offer Australia day weekend, the setting is amazing plus they have something else pretty cool.

What is this cool thing you ask?

Only a MASSIVE inflatable playground called slip and dip! Yep, this thing is massive and it’s at Caudo vineyard all Australia Day weekend, I know how cool right!

There’s some amazing entertainment on offer as well both Australia Day and the day after from Off Ya Trio and Indiago.

Plus you can really make a weekend of it because you can camp there!

WHERE: Caudo Vineyard

WHEN: Australia Day weekend!  


Bruno Bay Australia Day Fireworks Spectacular

What started off as a small fundraising group many years ago has now evolved into an institution of Cobdogla, this family friendly event celebrates Australia day and raises money for great causes at the same time.

As the title suggests there’s no shortage of Fireworks at this event and who doesn’t like fireworks? Seriously?  As well as this there’s also dodgem cars, sideshows and you can soak up some great live music from AC/DC tribute “Shoot to Thrill” as well.

WHERE: Cobdogla Football Oval

WHEN: Australia Day from 6pm.


Powerboat Racing

Feeling your Australia Day long weekend needs to be taken to the next level? Check out the Berri Hotel Riverland Powerboat club trophy day at the Berri riverfront. Some of the boats have over 2000hp and can hit speeds of over 200kph! Best thing is it’s free entry.

WHERE: Berri Riverfront from 9.30

WHEN: Saturday 27th January.


23rd street Distillery.

The long weekend is finally here so kick back and enjoy a delicious beverage at 23rd Street Distillery. It’s a nice way to unwind after a long week, let’s remember by now we’ve all worked a month since Christmas. It’s also the perfect way to start your Riverland long weekend.

On Australia day, 23rd Street are delivering the goods with an amazing BBQ & spit roast to compliment the range of beverages on offer, plus amazing entertainment from band Fire Bucket!

The Saturday after is set to be great as well, kicking back on the lawn or inside with a delicious beverage listening to great tunes!

WHERE: 23rd Street Distillery Renmark

WHEN: All Australia day long weekend.


Music at the Mooring

Fancy something a little more relaxed?  How about a relaxed evening of rock & blues tunes aboard the 'Barrangul' with muso - Bob Maidorn's Crosstown Traffic. Round up the rellies & Coo'ee ya Cobbers for a laid back Friday night, moored on the Murray river. Sing along and savour local Aussie wines, beers and tasting plates prepared fresh from the river restaurant galley and licensed bar.

WHERE: Leonard Norman Drive, Waikerie

WHEN: Australia Day January 26th


Loxton Hotel

A favourite Aussie solo entertainer from Adelaide, Evan will be playing all your favourite hits from the 60's, 70's, 80's and today, live in the Main Bar. Theres also a free sausage sizzle from 11pm. Get your ticket before 9pm, so you don't miss out!

FREE Juke Box, FREE 8-Ball & FREE Entry.

WHERE: Loxton Hotel

WHEN: Australia Day January 26th


Anything else.

As you can tell there’s certainly no shortage of things to see and do this Australia day long weekend in the Riverland, so get the thongs, crank out the zinc cream and soak up three great days in the Riverland!

Trust us, you won’t regret it!