Food, glorious food at Glenbrook Park for Australia Day

Gastronomical delights from Germany, Tibet, Belgium and Turkey - along with an amazing array of Aussie barbecue specials - all provide strong reasons for people to take part in Australia Day celebrations on Glenbrook Park.

The food area will again be located under the trees on the western side of the Park between the CWA rooms, the children’s playground area and the public toilet block.

Chief ground marshall John Van Der Meer said the demand from purveyors of fine foods, along with speciality food stalls in the main area, has been almost overwhelming this year.

The Springwood Rotary Barbecue heads a very impressive variety of barbecue stalls this year but taste buds will surely be tempted in many directions when patrons consider the following list:

  • Sauerkraut Sisters with their popular German Sausage
  • Aziz Ozdemir’S Turkish food
  • Tibetan Momo’s
  • Belgian pancakes
  • Potatoes on a Stick
  • Mexican Quesadillas
  • Dippin Dots ice cream
  • Zensational Coffee – and other coffee and cold drink vendors
  • Uniting Church Devonshire Teas will take up their usual position on the eastern side of the Park to ensure fresh supplies from the adjacent church hall.
  • To ensure all tastes are covered, the amazing Dumpling Stall – offering traditional, vegetarian and gluten free dishes is sure to be well patronised.


After missing last year’s celebrations, organisers are delighted to report the return of the very popular slot car races in 2018.

John Van Der Meer said a new feature for the slot car this year is a 21 metre drag strip – bound to create plenty of excitement amongst young and old car lovers!

However, numerous other attractions include the long-time favourite jumping castle and Thomas the Tank Engine train rides along with the Wild Rides Motorcycle group, vintage cars, cup and saucers ride and various community interest stalls – RSPCA, Police Rescue, Care Flight and PCYC.

The chief ground marshall assured prospective patrons there will be plenty to see and do around the main area from 8am-3pm.

“More than 70 stalls and booths have booked space – ranging from community interest groups and craft suppliers, to food, clothing, plants, hats and umbrellas, and a range of special products,” he said.

Old favourites like the local wood turning group always create plenty of interest.



From 10.30am-12.30pm, children’s bush picnic athletic events and the Springwood Dog Training School will entertain in the main arena.

Egg and spoon races, sack races, and three legged races all create plenty of fun and laughter as children in the six and under, eight and under, 10 and under and 12 and under age groups enjoy the challenges of old world bush picnic competition.

Children should gather at 10.15am by the centre area entry gate on the south eastern side to register their names with organisers.

Australia Day ribbons will be presented to winners and participants.

The Springwood Dog Training School handlers will put their charges through some incredible routines from 11.15am.

The children’s activity area has a new site this year – between the eastern side of the CWA rooms and the Glenbrook Park car park.

The program will run from 9am-1pm and Oz Day ‘Nannies’ Sue Parnell and Ros Agar request that all children must be accompanied by a parent or ‘minder’ whilst in the area.

Activities include face painting, fun fishing game, paper craft, play dough and puzzles. There will also be a ‘colour the gnome’ competition, along with the ‘tell me a story’ game.

There is no charge for participation in this activity area -  suitable for pre-schoolers and primary aged children. All activities are supervised by trained teachers.