Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
Celebrate Queensland's first colony
Before Brisbane, there was Redcliffe. The first European colony settled at Redcliffe in 1824 but relocated to Brisbane a year later. Redcliffe remained deserted until around 1860. Twenty years on, Redcliffe had become a popular seaside resort which it remains to this day. Only a thirty minute drive from Brisbane, Redcliffe seems a world away.
Join locals at the annual Redcliffe Festival, a weekend of fast and furious fun. Held on September 15 and 16, 2012, highlights include the Superboat Championships, Waterski Racing Championships, and Re-enactment of the First Landing. With carnival rides, live music, dancing, food, markets and more, this free, family-friendly weekend is an event not to be missed.
The festival kicks off on Saturday, September 15 with superboats and waterski racing. Witness the world's best ski racers reach speeds up to 200km per hour. The 2012 Australian Waterski Racing Championships will take place on Bramble Bay from 9am until 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Also on Saturday, the superboats will be practicing on Scarborough Boat Harbour between 10am and 2pm. Spectators will get a chance to meet the drivers and get up-close to the superboats. Sunday's Offshore Superboat Championships races will take place on Moreton Bay from 11:30am until 1pm. More than twenty boats will compete with speeds reaching up to 250km per hour. Grab a spot on the Redcliffe Jetty or Foreshore for the best views.
Sunday's celebrations include a Street Fiesta along Redcliffe Parade, Charlish Park, and Anzac Place; from 9am until 4pm. There will be two stages, a seaside kitchen, kids zone, markets, and more. With two stages, there will be plenty of live entertainment: tap dancing, breakdancing, comedy, percussionists, jazz , and a special 'Welcome Home' presentation for local Olympians at 12.30pm. The Seaside Kitchen in Charlish Park will feature al fresco cooking demonstrations with popular chefs from local restaurants, sharing their favourite recipes. Kids Zone at Anzac Place will keep the kids amused with $2 carnival rides, workshops, activities, and a treasure hunt.
The signature event of the festival though is The Re-enactment of the First European Landing. The re-enactment takes place on the beach near the jetty at 10:30am on Sunday. This year's re-enactment will commemorate the 188th anniversary of the first European settlement in Queensland.
For more information or to view the full program, click here.