The annual Bluewater Festival was staged in conjunction with the start of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race yesterday, with large crowds flocking to the Shorncliffe foreshore to partake in food, markets, music, entertainment and rides.

Bluewater Festival

The festivities kicked off on Thursday evening with Bayfire Night featuring performances from local pop/rock group The Button Factory and afro-cuban salsa ensemble Chukale before culminating with a fireworks show.

Friday featured music throughout the day from the likes of multi-instrumentalist Matt James, Erin Reus and Mamachair, along with roving characters and entertainment, market stalls and a wide variety of food options.


Blessed with perfect weather conditions, event organisers must be delighted with attendance figures, with many people even taking advantage of the conditions to hit the water. The festival continues to grow each year and with oodles of space available for expansion, there is certainly scope for considerable growth. Given the success of the event again this year, there is no reason to think that it won’t become bigger and better in the years ahead, particularly once the condemned Shorncliffe pier is rebuilt and reopened.