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Celebrating the Start of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race
Learning about The Bay
If you love water, boats and The Bay, then the Bluewater Festival at Shorncliffe Pier might be just for you. Now in its 20th year, the Festival is organised by the Sandgate and Districts Chamber of Commerce, and is packed with entertainment, fun and celebrations for the whole family to take advantage of the best waterfront views for the start of Australia's second biggest Yacht Race 'The Brisbane to Gladstone'. Good Friday never felt so good.
The Bluewater Festival attracts thousands of visitors to the Shorncliffe Pier as well as Upper and Lower Moora Park during the Easter weekend. The Shorncliffe Pier which provides the backdrop to the Festival is steeped in history. Despite the passing of the years, it still maintains its white faded timber railings, colonial street lamps spaced out along the stretch of pier, and resting shelter towards the end reaching 351.5 metres out into Bramble Bay. On Good Friday of each year the Bluewater Festival provides an opportunity for people both inside and outside of the local area visit the pier and watch contestants in The Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race glide through the Bay. The yacht race has been held annually at Easter since 1949.
The Bluewater Festival starts at 8am with a yoga session followed by a full program of events. For the first time, surf boat races will kick off at 9am and run throughout the day until the presentation ceremony at 3pm. Registration for the races will be open on the beach until 8am. Visitors can browse through busy market stalls, carnival rides, gourmet food vendors (with burgers, fresh produce and gourmet snacks) and a great line-up of free entertainment. The Festival concludes with a spectacular fireworks display at 7:45pm.
Site map courtesy of the Bluewater Festival webpage
The transport options make the Festival easy to access. Brisbane City Council buses run regularly and the Queensland Rail trains runs to and from Sandgate and Shorncliffe stations and are an easy walk from the waterfront. Volunteers are welcome, so if you want to get involved behind the scenes Festival organisers would love to hear from you.