Where is it: Events across the state and internationally!
What's it all about: Talk Like a Pirate Day started as a bit of a joke between some mates in 1995 and has since grown into an international event! Here in Queensland, we recognise the day as a day to fundraise the Childhood Cancer Support organisation!
How can I join in: Lots of schools, sporting clubs and other organisations have events on for Talk like a Pirate Day! Here in Brisbane, the big event is at the Queensland Maritime Museum at South Bank! So make sure you've got your got pirate costume, put on your best pirate voice, get into the pirate spirit and come along for special pirate activities and check out the museum too!
Tell me more: The Childhood Cancer Support (CCS) organisation does some hugely important work supporting kids with cancer and their families. Events throughout the year both help CCS raise needed funds and also provides the kids with an opportunity to get out have some fun! The Talk Like a Pirate Day event at the Queensland Maritime Museum is a great event held annually on the 19 September that has heaps of piratey things to see and do! With pirate parades and costume competitions, jumping castles, pirate games (even some sword fighting lessons!) and heaps more, this is always a fun day out! Yarrrr!
Where is it: Cnr Stanley & Sidon Streets, South Brisbane, at the southern end of South Bank Parklands
What's it all about: A wonderful collection of maritime history on display in one of Brisbane's premiere leisure hotspots!
Tell me more: The Queensland Maritime Museum is a lovely museum which houses an amazing collection of maritime history - from models and small exhibits through to the most identifiable piece in their collection - the HMAS Diamantina naval vessel in dry dock - even the dry dock itself is significant in Queensland's history (constructed in the 1870s) and has heritage listed status! The HMAS Diamantina is definitely the main attraction - you can walk through and explore this wonderful and historically significant vessel at your own pace and explore the ship! Some of the rooms are set up with wonderful exhibits themselves, including one room which details the two World War 2 battle surrender agreements that happened on this actual vessel! It would be easy to spend your whole visit on this vessel, but the museum houses so much more! The grounds hold many maritime components and actual vessels - including 'Ella's Pink Lady', which was sailed solo around the world by 16 year old Jessica Watson, the youngest person to do so unassisted! There are also lighthouses, marine engines, cranes and so much more!
Amenities: The museum has more than adequate facilities, plus you'll have access to all of South Bank's facilities! 👍👍👍👍
Cost: Entry fees apply (family and concession prices apply) which go back into maintaining the museum's impressive exhibits! 👍👍
Parking: Generally plenty of parking available throughout South Bank, however you might need to be patient on the weekends and when South Bank event days! 👍👍👍
Access: Easy to get into South Bank, lots of transport options from most of Brisbane (including the free CityHopper ferry)! 👍👍👍👍
Best for: Obviously of interest to the marine buffs, but there should be something for everyone here! 👍👍👍👍
Summary: This museum is a fun visit for all, regardless of your age - in particular the HMAS Diamantina. The volunteers are very helpful and more than happy to explain the history behind the exhibits! 👍👍👍👍
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