Australia Day festivities in Queensland will feature fireworks, food, a jet plane flyover and a unique cockroach racing tradition.

South Bank will be the epicentre of Queensland’s Australia Day activities as thong-wearing, snag-eating banana benders try to beat the heat in the water.

The South Bank Parklands, in inner-city Brisbane, and its man-made lagoon will host festivities from 10am (AEST) on January 26.

As punters cool off in the water or shade, they will be able to enjoy music, interactive art installations, family entertainment and a fireworks display.

A highlight will be a RAAF flypast and 21-gun salute at noon.

For those who want to see just how Aussie they can get, the Story Bridge Hotel will again hold its annual Australia Day Cockroach Races.

Thousands are expected through the Kangaroo Point pub to watch the six-legged critters scuttle towards glory.

If those celebrating haven’t lost their appetite from the unique event, they can head back to South Bank to grab some tucker at the Great Australian Bites showcase.

The event will feature a true-blue barbecue menu and hear from culinary greats such as David Pugh, who’s the head chef at Brisbane’s Restaurant Two.

Citizenship ceremonies and other local events will also take place across the state.