The popular art, culture and environment festival is back!
The Hays Inlet Festival is held from Friday 30 May to Thursday 5 June across the Redcliffe Peninsular and Pine Rivers Catchment. The program is jam-packed with adventurous water activities, fantastic tours, fun learning experiences, fabulous music and exciting performances. So come and celebrate the Hays Inlet catchment and its waterways!
Celebrate the beginning of Hays Inlet Festival on Friday 30 May with Opening Night Celebration. There's going to be music, guest speakers, food and environmental displays to keep you busy throughout the evening. When: 6pm Where: Redcliffe Cultural Centre, Down Street, Redcliffe Cost: $20. Bookings via phone 3283 0407 or email.
Local community groups will gather for Concert for the Koala to celebrate these furry animals. There's going to be great live music, fantastic food and drinks and even a chance for you to get up and boogie! When: 3pm Where: Redcliffe Youth Space, Corner Oxley and Anzac Avenues, Redcliffe Cost: Gold coin donation
Birds of a Feather Closing Night Celebration will close the Festival with a bang. With great live music, drinks, canapés, raffles, auctions and photo competitions, you'll have a fabulous time. When: 6.30pm Where: Mon Komo, 99 Marine Pde, Redcliffe Cost: $40. Book via 0405 808 399.
If you're interested in Native Plants of the Hays Inlet Catchment, then register for the guided tour of the Redcliffe Botanic Gardens. You'll see the wonderful transformation by the local community groups and Moreton Bay Regional Council. What was once a cow paddock is now a picturesque natural wonderland. Plus pop by the Community Nursery to pick up some native plants for your garden. When: 9am, 10am & 11am Where: Redcliffe Botanic Gardens, George Street, Redcliffe Cost: Free
Adventurous visitors can join in the Canoe Adventure Tour. Discover the wildlife on the Pine River, soak up the sun and learn about the importance of these catchment corridors. Suitable for all fitness levels. When: 8.30am Where: Tinchi Tamba Wetlands, Bald Hills Cost: $40. Bookings via 0423 772 151 or email.
Walk through the Hays Inlet Wonderland and learn about the eucalypt forest, melaleuca forest, casuarina forest and saltmarsh flats. You'll see wildlife as well as different kinds of mangroves. When: Tuesday & Thursday 9am Where: Duffield Road Animal Refuge, Clontarf (Tuesday) & Henry Pieper Park, Chelsea Street, Kippa Ring (Thursday). Cost: Free. Bookings via email or phone 3284 0028.
The Hays Inlet Boat Cruise will be a relaxing way to discover local fauna and flora. Make sure you soak up the beautiful surrounds as you listen to the fascinating guest speakers. When: 10.30am & 3.30pm Where: Dohles Rocks Boat Ramp, Griffin Cost: $30. Click here to book.
Love horses? Then you'll love Intro to Happy Horses and Healthy Land. Select the right pasture and food for your horse and learn more about horse nutrition. Mariette van den Berg is the equine expert who will share her knowledge on how to plan for horse establishments. And stick around for Management Plan for your Horse Property. When: 8am Where: Curry Residence, 268 Mount Samson Road, Dayboro Cost: Free. Book via phone or email.
If you have a creative flair then come and learn how to make your paper bunting at Papermaking with Water Creature Watermarks with local artist Lesa Hepburn. When: 8am Where: Redcliffe Jetty Markets, Redcliffe Jetty, Redcliffe Cost: Free
For dancing of a different sort, head to Biggah Gunyah Aboriginal Dance Experience. Learn the historic aboriginal dances followed by a delicious supper. When: 4.30pm Where: Deception Bay Baptist Church, 26 Silver Street Cost: $10 adults, $5 children. Bookings via email or 0401 200 386.
The Coastal Wetland Research Science Night is your opportunity to hear the latest research on the waterways and coastal wetlands. When: 6pm Where: Clontarf Beach State High School Marine Ecocentre, Isobel Street Entrance Cost: Free
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Be part of the community project - Bushcare Community Tree Planting. Get your hands dirty and plant some trees in the Chelsea Street Environmental Reserve. When: 9am Where: Chelsea Street Environmental Reservel, Leisel Drive, Rothwell. Cost: Free. Register your attendance via email.
Come and build Possum Boxes and Nature Mobiles using recyclable natural materials. Everything will be supplied for this free community project so just bring yourself and get ready to have fun. When: Saturday & Sunday, 1pm Where: Bunnings Rothwell, Anzac Avenue, Kippa Ring Cost: Free. Bookings via email or 3817 7000
If making things isn't really your forte, then why not lend a hand with Catchment Clean Up: Tinchi Tamba Wetlands? You'll also find out about mangroves and mudflats at low tide followed by a scrumptious free afternoon tea. When: 1pm Where: Tinchi Tamba Wetlands, Bald Hills Cost: Free. Bookings via 3403 8888.
For those who have kites at home collecting dust, or would like to have some fun flying kites, join Kitepower Australia in Family Fly Day. When: 11am Where: Pelican Park, Hornibrook Esplanade, Clontarf Information: phone 3284 1186
Come and help in the Pine River Estuary Clean Up. When: 8am Where: Provided on registration Cost: Free. Register on 0438 199 102 or email.