Bluewater Festival


Organised by the Sandgate & Districts Chamber of Commerce, the famous Bluewater Festival held at Shorncliffe Pier is one not to be missed and a memorable day out with family and friends.

The festival is held on the scenic foreshore at Shorncliffe in conjunction with the annual Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race. It’s a perfect vantage point to watch the start of this iconic race plus an opportunity to see the Multihull Yacht race start up close off the Pier.

Lower Moora Park, Shorncliffe is jam packed with entertainment through the day with live bands, kids workshops, rides, food and markets all culminating into a beach party and fireworks in the evening.

In 2020 Bluewater Festival is celebrating its 23rd year! Back in 1997 Anne Hobbs and her creative team held the very first Bluewater Festival which has now grown to be one of the best events held on Good Friday.


Bluewater Festival at Shorncliffe provides the absolute best waterfront views for the official start of Australia’s second biggest yacht race; 72nd Brisbane to Gladstone. It’s known to be one of Australia’s flagship offshore yacht races and has been held annually over Easter since 1949.

The Multihull Yachts start the race just off the Shorncliffe Pier – it’s an amazing experience to see the fire-cannon start and watch these magnificent boats in action.

Check out footage from our 2019 festival…

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Special thanks to our Festival Sponsors from 2019:


Special thanks also to all our Community Sponsors: