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Photography by Uwe Krueger

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Festival Events

Thursday 24th March 2016

Bluewater Festival Bayfire Night Thursday 24th March 2016

Friday 25th March 2016

  • Bluewater Festival Friday

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The Bluewater Festival attracts thousands of visitors to the Shorncliffe Pier & Moora Park, Sandgate on Good Friday of each year to take advantage of the best waterfront views for the start of Australia’s second biggest Yacht Race ‘The Brisbane to Gladstone’which has been held annually at Easter since 1949.

In 2016 the Bluewater Festival will also be celebrating the official re-opening of the Shorncliffe Pier after it’s $20m reconstruction by the Brisbane City Council. Closed since 2012 Festival Goers this Easter attending the Bluewater Festival will again be able to watch the start of the race from the Shorncliffe Pier which is the best vantage point for land locked spectators.

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 a perfect way for family and friends to enjoy Good Friday this Easter.

One of the most popular events of the festival is the Bluewater ‘Bayfire’ Night (Thursday 24th March 2016 – the start of the Easter break) 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.

The Bluewater Festival is easily accessible by public transport with Brisbane City Council buses running regularly and Queensland Rail stations Shorncliffe and Sandgate a relaxing stroll only minutes away from the waterfront and excitement of the festival.

For Festival Goers wishing to pack a picnic please be advised that due to health and safety reasons the Barbecues in Upper and Lower Moora Park will be switched off on the Thursday 24th & Good Friday 25th March, Easter 2016.

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Bluewater Official Programme 2016

Start your Easter Break at Bluewater Bayfire Night from 4pm Thursday 24th March (Fireworks at 7.30pm). Followed by Bluewater Festival Friday with the Pier’s Official Opening at 9.30am.

Bill Gollan at Pier Re-Open Announcement

Shorncliffe Pier Official Opening 9.30am Good Friday

Brisbane City Council announced the Shorncliffe Pier, one of Brisbane’s most loved landmarks, will be re-opened after its $20m upgrade at the 2016 Bluewater Festival on Good Friday, Easter.


Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race

From the start off Shorncliffe Pier, the yachts proceed via a bouy off Redcliffe Point to the North West Channel up to Caloundra and through to Gladstone, a distance of approximately 308 nautical miles.

Bluewater Festival Good Friday from 9am 25th March Easter 2016.