Australian blues performer Sugarcane Collins will be performing at the Agnes Water Tavern on Friday January 25. Photo Contributed
Australian blues performer Sugarcane Collins will be performing at the Agnes Water Tavern on Friday January 25. Photo Contributed Contributed

Musical feast looming in region for Australia Day

GLADSTONE entertainment will become a banquet of patriotic cuisine this weekend.

Throughout the region, pubs and clubs will be celebrating Australia Day with individual flare.

Giving residents a chance to showcase their singing abilities on stage, The Young Australian will have karaoke on Saturday from 8pm.

The night will encompass an Australian Day theme and all are welcome to attend.

The Young Australian manager Robert Miller said he believed the importance of Australia Day was to understand our heritage.

"Where our heritage came from and where our roots are," he said.

Over in West Gladstone, The Rocky Glen Hotel is holding a jam-packed day filled with Australia Day celebrations from noon on Saturday.

The afternoon will feature activities between 12pm and 6pm, including cane toad racing, traditional thong throwing, a sausage sizzle, raffles and more.

At 7pm the pub will also be giving away a boat, sponsored by Great Northern.

Hotel pub manager Rhett Machar said the highlight of the event would be giving away the boat.

The Tannum Sands Hotel will also be awash with the nation's colours with family-fun activities running throughout Saturday afternoon.

The hotel will have a bucking bull from 1pm to 5pm, a giant slide from 3pm to 6pm, face painting from 4pm to 6pm and a live band from 1pm to 5pm and from 8.15pm until after midnight.

Agnes Water Tavern promotions co-ordinator Brenda Quartermain said the tavern would hold its usual five-a-side cricket competition and more.

"There will also be thong throwing, cold pie and warm drink competition, a free jumping castle and free Australia Day tattoo flags," she said.

Tavern celebrations will kick off from Friday with Aussie blues player Sugarcane Collins, followed by Four Play on Saturday and Bundaberg band The Purple Hills on Sunday.