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Watch the Race - Festivals

Start Time: 11am March 25 2016

With some 60,000 spectators flocking to see the start of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race each year there are a number of festivals timed for the start and finish of the race.


The Redcliffe Sails Festival is a colourful seaside celebration of all things Easter and nautical. Head down to Suttons Beach on Good Friday to catch a special visit from the Easter Bunny and get the best view of the yachts from the 68th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race as they sail across the bay. You can be guaranteed a fantastic day of family fun with something for everyone.  The festival is free to attend, with a range of free and low cost activities and workshops for both children and adults.



Set on the waterfront at beautiful 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.

One of the most popular events of the festival is the Bluewater ‘Bayfire’ Night (Thursday 24th March 2016) where the skies over Bramble Bay, Shorncliffe, and Sandgate explode with colourful fireworks, and friends and family flock to the foreshore to enjoy the market stalls and free entertainment by moonlight.

Bluewater Festival Website


Held from Wednesday 23rd March - Sunday 27th March 2016, the 54th annual Gladstone Harbour Festival program will once again entice, excite and engage the Gladstone community and visitors to the region.

2016's program includes a fantastic variety of quality entertainment on the GPC Marina Main Stage each night, fun rides for the kids, mardi gras, a great selection of tasty food court treats, Marina Markets, fabulous fireworks displays and plenty of novelty events and attractions.


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