Enjoy the Cockroach Races at Kangaroo Point on Australia Day 2019

One of the most popular activities for the Australia Day festival in Brisbane, the Cockroach Races, is coming up on Saturday, 26 January 2019. The Story Bridge Hotel in Kangaroo Point will once again be packed with this and other fun activities and entertainment as they celebrate the much-anticipated event.

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Celebrating its 38th year, the Cockroach Races will be having a full day of entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Live music, sporting races, competitions with great prizes, Aussie themed food vendors, and lots more await at the Story Bridge Hotel.

Event Details

What: Cockroach Races 2019
When: Saturday, 26 January 2019; gates open 11:00 a.m.
Where: Story Bridge Hotel, 200 Main St, Kangaroo Point

Cockroach Races 2019


This year, the annual Cockroach Races will be hosting its first Thousand Guineas Short Horn BBQ Cook-Off. The competition will see eight people show off their skills on the grill. The best cook will win a dinner for up to 10 people worth $1,000.

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Think you’ve got what it takes to win this cook-off? All you have to do is convince them why you are the best BBQ cook in all of Brisbane. Your answer may include photos or videos. Remember to submit your entry to the Story Bridge Hotel before 23 January 2019.

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Can’t cook? Round-up your friends instead and join the Best Dressed Team Costume competition for a chance to win a $2000 party at the Story Bridge Hotel. Those who want to join should be there by midday and report to the Stewards’ desk to register.

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Furthermore, lovely ladies can also enter for a chance to be crowned as the next Queen of Cockroach racing. The lucky winner will win $200 on the day.

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Of course, the event won’t be complete without the main event. The Cockroach Races is the biggest event of the day so make sure to come in early.

Food and Entertainment

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There will be food trucks and street stalls offering the Story Bridge Hotel’s Australian Street Food Menu. Live music and DJs will be in the Hotel as well as on the street stage.

Australian artists Busby Marou will be headlining the entertainment line up. Other artists joining the event include Nick Trovis, Aussie Boogaloo, Forever Road, Mick Evans, The Dan Munn Duo, and Aaron Wright.

Gates are open at 11:00 a.m. and entry is a simple gold coin donation. All proceeds will go to Youngcare.