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Australian All Let Us Rejoice - Australia Day On The Beach

Story: Brooke Jacobson
Nov 28, 2018
Australian All Let Us Rejoice - Australia Day On The Beach
There’s only one place to be this Australia Day long weekend and that’s the beach. Suttons Beach, Redcliffe will be the venue for the region’s Australia Day celebrations.

Residents are invited to pull up a picnic blanket and enjoy a great day out on  Saturday, 26 January, 2019. Local musician Asa Broomhall is one of the headline acts, and he said he was thrilled to be performing on the day.

“I live in the area, and I have little ones now, so a family-friendly gig is perfect,” he said.

The father of two boys, aged three and sixteen-months, added he was looking forward to bringing his brand of blues and rock to the Australia Day celebrations. “I’ll be doing a solo show with plenty of guitar and harmonica; a bluesy kind of feel which I think is perfect for that kind of day,” Asa said.

“You know – to be able play a gig where my kids can come along is great – it was something that was not high on my priority list during my younger days, but times change!”

“Chet Atkins told his father ‘I want to be a musician when I grow up’ and his dad famously replied, ‘you can’t do both’! I think that’s certainly true,” he laughed.

Asa grew up on the Sunshine Coast and now lives on the peninsula and works in Brisbane. He has toured the festival scene extensively, in the US and the UK, and has performed at the Woodford Folk Festival here in Australia.

He’s renowned for his comic stage patter and should be a hit with music lovers. “I’m really excited about this gig and I hope everyone comes along and enjoys the day,” Asa said.

Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism (MBRIT) chief executive officer, Shane Newcombe, says there would be plenty of entertainment options for those heading to Redcliffe to celebrate.

There will be heaps to keep children entertained, from beach activities including beach volleyball, to lamington-eating competitions and temporary Aussie Day tattoos,” he said.

Another musical act, The Shine, are one of the region’s most popular cover bands and will come prepared with a list of popular hits, ready to entertain the crowds.

Mr Newcombe said Redcliffe was looking forward to welcoming families and visitors from all over the Moreton Bay area. “In addition to the great location and amenities, visitors will be treated to free entertainment, activities and live music from local artists, topped off with a fireworks display at 8pm,” he says.

“Bring a picnic blanket and fold-up chairs. Find the perfect spot and relax as you watch the kids play in the water and on the sand.”

A range of food trucks and local seaside restaurants will satisfy everyone’s appetite on the big day.

Moreton Bay Regional Council mayor Allan Sutherland says Suttons Beach had been a popular spot with families for decades, with its free parking, barbecues, bike paths and play equipment.

“Many childhood memories have been made at Suttons Beach,” Cr Sutherland says. “Why not make some more this coming Australia Day, by heading down to the beach with your loved ones?”

Parking is available in the Suttons Beach car park and the surrounding streets.