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2016 Queensland Week events

See what happened as people across Queensland came together to celebrate our state's culture, heritage, people and industry during Queensland Week 2016.

Queensland icons lit maroon

  • Bridges
    • Victoria Bridge
    • Story Bridge
    • William Jolly Bridge
  • Gasometer, Brisbane city
  • Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane city
  • Wintergarden, Brisbane city
  • Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane city
  • Treasury Casino & Hotel, Brisbane city
  • The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane city
  • Donna Marcus Steam Sculptures Spheres at Reddacliff Place, Brisbane city
  • The City Hall, Brisbane city
  • Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • London Woolstores, Brisbane city
  • Parliament House, Brisbane city
  • Forgan Smith Building, University of Queensland, Brisbane city
  • Robina Town Centre, Gold, Coast
  • The Arts Centre, Gold Coast
  • Q1 Skypoint, Gold Coast
  • Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast


Knitfest - Yarn & Fibre Arts Festival

The Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Maleny came alive on 10 – 12 June 2016 with a magical celebration of winter arts and crafts.

Shackled Queensland's first female convicts

Historian Dr Jennifer Harrison explored Queensland's convict heritage and discussed the 140 women who were originally transported from Great Britain and Ireland to Port Jackson. Senior Archivist Saadia Thomson-Dwyer also held a seminar on how to research convict records at Queensland State Archives.

T150 4TOFM Pacific Festival

The Pacific Festival was held from the 3 – 5 June 2016. Carnival rides, entertainment, food and fireworks and a parade with colourful floats and performances were held.

Queensland Cabaret Festival 2016

The Brisbane Power House held a cabaret festival during Queensland Week.

2016 Queensland Wheelchair Basketball Championships

The Wheelchair Basketball State Championships for Queensland were held from 4 – 6 June. The event was open to teams throughout Australia and overseas from both A and B grade divisions.

Banyo Queensland Day Celebrations and Citizenship Ceremony

The Banyo District Community Group hosted a free celebration of their district as part of Queensland Week Celebrations across the State. The event included a citizenship ceremony alongside stalls, food, music and entertainment in the Banyo Memorial Park.

Cairns State High School Centenary

Cairns State High School celebrated their centenary during Queensland Week.

Comic Street AU

Comic Street AU is an independent comics market. An event was held during Queensland Week with over 30 artists selling their own self-published comics right in the heart of Queen Street Mall, Brisbane city.

Palazzo Versace Hats & High Tea and Queensland on a Plate Winemakers Dinner

The Hats & High Tea event raised much needed funds and awareness for Gold Coast Hospital Foundation. Guests were invited to dress up in their most fabulous hat and attire whilst enjoying High Tea delicacies in the elegant surrounds of La Medusa Ballroom. The fine dining restaurant, Vanitas also hosted a Queensland Week event. Vanitas partnered with Witches Falls Winery to create a bespoke culinary experience designed to celebrate Queensland and the best in locally sourced produce. It's six course experience menu was inspired by the beauty of Queensland's most iconic destinations, from the Great Barrier Reef to the Gold Coast Hinterland.

Journeys North 50+ Reflections on the Collection talk

Michael Hawker, Associate Curator, Australian Art, QAGOMA offered behind the scenes insights and an introduction into the Journeys North exhibition. This portfolio highlighted how Queensland has changed in the 28 years since the original exhibition.

MDA's LUMINOUS Lantern Parade Welcoming New Queenslanders

During Queensland Week, more than 12,000 Queenslanders from all walks of life welcomed our newest Queenslanders with MDA's LUMINOUS Lantern Parade and concert at South Bank Parklands.

Port of Brisbane Tour

The Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd offered a one hour site-tour for the general public on 7 and 8 June. With almost $50 billion of trade handled through the Port contributing to more than 50% of Queensland's international trade the tour offered a great learning experience about this significant Queensland business.

Pumping life into Queenslanders – Free CPR sessions

The Queensland Ambulance Service ‘pumped life into Queenslanders’ through free CPR sessions that were offered in celebration of Queensland Week.

QLD Champions Cup

UQ Students competed against each other in volleyball to play in the grand final against a celebrity athlete team comprised of the NRMA Insurance Brisbane Broncos, The Coffee Club Queensland Firebirds and Surf Life Saving Queensland Ironman and woman Shannon Eckstein and Jordan Mercer.

Queenslanders of World War One

Historical Society of Mareeba celebrated 2016 Queensland Week by running a photographic display of some of the Queenslanders who fought in World War One. This consisted of photos and information on the local soldiers, Indigenous soldiers, nurses and doctors and the non-combatants.

Shop Selfie Viral Campaign

This event recognised that Queensland Week is an opportunity to say thank you to the many great businesses that make up our towns. These wonderful business owners hold our towns together, donate to our local events; charities and train up the next generation. Queenslanders were invited to join the online campaign to promote their favorite small town business by taking a #shopselfie and sharing the love.

State Elite Junior Championships

The 2016 Elite junior state diving championships were held during Queensland Week.

Step Back in Time

Bundaberg & District Historical & Museum Society Inc. invited queenslanders to Step Back in Time to get a view of how our early pioneering Queensland families lived, worked and played. Arriving in the district with meager possessions to make a home for their families.

Tuck Shop Luncheon Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services

Dressed up their tuck shop maroon to celebrate Queensland Week.

Queensland Week Sunday Breakfast

Hollywell café held a Queensland Week Sunday celebration with an all you can eat buffet breakfast. Queenslanders were invited to come and enjoy all the things to love about Queensland from their beautiful absolute waterfront views, amazing produce and endless water activities.

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Last updated
30 June, 2016

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