Bluewater Festival – Good Friday, 2nd April 2021


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.

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 2021 Bluewater Festival is celebrating its 24th 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; 73rd 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.

How to get to Bluewater Festival:


  • The carpark to Lower Moora Park will be closed at the lower entrance. 
  • Public parking is available via Swan Street and surrounding streets.
  • A drop off zone will be available at the park entrance for those with disabilities and limited mobility, just follow the signs.

 🚊Catch the train:

  • Shorncliffe Station is a 10 minute walk to the Shorncliffe Pier.
  • Sandgate Station is a 10 minute walk to the Sandgate foreshore, then jump on the festival’s trackless train to take you the pier for a gold coin donation to the Sandgate Historical Society.

NOTE that there are Good Friday track disruptions in place. To check and plan your journey visit

Click here for Stall Holder Information

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: