10 anniversaries bigger than Kim Kardashian and Kanye’s one-year
Have you ever dreamt of a calendar that always knows where the party’s at?
Consider this the Jay Gatsby of event-listings or one epic save the date for 2015. Next year, Queensland will celebrate birthdays and anniversaries (of the more lengthy-than-Kim-and-Kanye’s-wedding variety) up and down the coast as famous pubs, songs and national icons reach new milestones.
Strap on a party hat and celebrate these birthdays around Queensland.
Doing the locomotion
Get your ticket to this celebration as Queensland Rail rings in 150 years of continuous operation in 2015. To celebrate, a party train in the form of a steam engine towing wooden carriages will power up and down the coast from Brisbane to Tropical North Queensland, in January and February to mark the occasion. That’s right, there’s approximately 1700km of partying to be done.
Let there be (ice-cream) cake
An hour north of Townsville city sits an ice-cream legend: Frosty Mango. These guys have been quietly freezing treats for the past 25 years, using fresh tropical fruits grown on site. With a veritable fruit salad of icey options available – join their quarter century celebrations in 2015 with a frozen treat. There ain’t no party like an ice-block party.
Waltzing her way into 2015
Her name is Matilda, she lives in Winton and is always waltzing – intrigued much? Australia’s oldest woman and living legend, Waltzing Matilda, will celebrate her 120th birthday at the Outback Easter Festival this April. Before calling for her proof of age, fear not, she’s not a person but a song, immortalised by Banjo Paterson’s unofficial Aussie anthem.
To celebrate this well-known pub ditty, Winton will hold a birthday bash to celebrate the song’s first performance in 1895, in the very setting it took place – the North Gregory Hotel.
30 is just a number
There will be no shying away from turning 30 at Willowbank Raceway near Ipswich – they’ll roar into their new decade celebrating everything they love about fast cars and big engines. If roaring revs get your motor running, check out the Winternationals over the long-weekend in June. It’s the largest drag racing event outside of the USA and the perfect way to celebrate 30 years of putting rubber to road.
Your ’20s: the best years of your life
E’cco Bistro is well and truly roaring into its 20s, celebrating two decades of serving Brisbanites on the corner of Adelaide and Boundary St in the CBD. Although it’s had a brand-spanking new look to kick-off its fresh decade, diners will be happy to know it’s only the decor that changed and Philip Johnson’s signature dishes, like the truffled mushrooms, remain heroes on the menu.
A century of ANZAC
One hundred years ago,brave Australian and New Zealand soldiers descended onto the shores of Gallipoli. Around Queensland on 25 April 2015, ANZAC Day ceremonies will remember the fallen and celebrate the 100 year anniversary. One of the best places to catch the ANZAC action is Outback Queensland – one of the epicentres of Australian war history. Celebrate the anniversary with the 2015 Angel Flight Outback Trailblazer charity tour, which will kick start on Anzac Day eve and include music performances by music stars Tania and Ray Kernaghan.
Alive with the sound of music
Cue the Happy Birthday maestro! The Australian Festival of Chamber Music celebrates their quarter century in July 2015. Outdoor music festivals aren’t just about neon shirts and shoulder rides, this Townsville event puts orchestra music in the ears of audiences by converting around 25 outdoor music venues into stages for internationally acclaimed orchestras to take to the stage.
The tallest 10th birthday party
In 2015 Q1 will turn 10 while casting the tallest shadow on Surfers Paradise beach. Standing at 322.5-metres tall with a roof height of 245 metres, for a 10 year old she’s already clocked some serious accolades to her name – namely as the tallest residential tower in Australia and also the Southern Hemisphere. To celebrate, why not take the Skypoint Climb and check out the Gold Coast from 270 metres in the air.
A heartfelt birthday
They say the Whitsunday islands are in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, but did you know you can literally find a heart in the reef? Yep, Heart Reef was spotted from the air 40 years ago. Join Air Whitsundays to celebrate Heart Reef’s ruby anniversary with a scenic flight over this natural wonder.
Houston we have a century! Greenmount Homestead will blow out 100 candles this year from its perch, 20 minutes outside Mackay. Pop in to see the 1915 homestead and be sure to save enough time to poke around the museum, which has a collection of more than 20,000 items.