Bluewater Festival

The Bluewater Festival attracts thousands of visitors to the Shorncliffe Pier & Moora Park, Sandgate on Good Friday of each year

Organised by the Sandgate & Districts Chamber of Commerce, the famous Bluewater Festival at Shorncliffe Pier showcases the beauty and attractions of the northern Bayside and this year the festival which will be celebrating 21 years! This year’s festival will be one full day jam packed with entertainment, fun and celebrations for the whole family on Good Friday.The Bluewater Festival attracts thousands of visitors to the Shorncliffe Pier and Lower Moora Park. On Good Friday of each year the Bluewater Festival provides an opportunity for people both inside and outside of the local area to take advantage of the best waterfront views for the start of Australia’s second biggest Yacht Race ‘The Brisbane to Gladstone’. The Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race has been held annually at Easter since 1949.

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Set on the waterfront of the gorgeous Moora Park, the Bluewater Festival not only offers uninterrupted views to the start of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, it also has colourful market stalls, carnival rides, gourmet food vendors and a great line-up of free entertainment! The Festival is the perfect way for family and friends to enjoy Good Friday each Easter.

One of the best things about the Bluewater Festival is how easily it can be accessed! Festival Goers can access the Festival via Public Transport as the Brisbane City Council buses run regularly and the Queensland Rail trains run regularly to and from Sandgate and Shorncliffe stations. The Shorncliffe and Sandgate stations are merely a relaxing stroll away from the waterfront which is where you will find the excitement of the festivities!

There will be plenty to keep the foodies happy with lots of food trucks and gourmet food stalls selling everything from family favourites such as burgers, Dagwood dogs and fish and chips to fresh produce and gourmet snacks at the Festival’s Food Market. There will be lots of different stalls selling all sorts of wares to browse from if you feel like doing a spot of shopping.

The Bluewater Festival is an excellent place to take the whole family. There will be festival rides, life-sized board games and play equipment and activities for children of all ages.   There will even be a train running from Sandgate along the boardwalk to the festival. For just a gold coin donation you can grab a waterfront scenic ride to the festival.

If you are looking for something to do on this year’s Good Friday come down to the northern Bayside’s iconic Shorncliffe Pier and enjoy the Bluewater Festival – a perfect way to entertain the whole family.

The Blue Water Festival is one of the most successful events that 4017 has hosted. Due to the raging success this event has become, it is has become an annual event. To ensure you are getting the latest updates follow us on Facebook.

The Sandgate and Districts Chamber of Commerce has proudly organised and held the annual Bluewater Festival to celebrate the start of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race since 1997.


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