Looking for something to do this Good Friday with friends or the family? Be shore side for the spectacular start of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race. The Redcliffe Festival of Sails is an annual event which takes place on the foreshore of Suttons Beach on the Redcliffe Peninsula with markets, family activities and a prime possie to watch the yachts race by. See the full incredible program and event details at www.redcliffefestivalofsails.com.au.
Considered one of the biggest yacht races in Australia, the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race sets the scene for this Festival. 2020 will be the 72nd time this race has taken place. Usually occurring in the morning, the competing yachts will pass across Moreton Bay en route for Gladstone in the hopes of winning the prestigious Cup.
To get a good view of the event unfolding, bring your chairs or picnic blanket and binoculars and find a place on the beach early. Good spots tend to go fast!
Since it takes place on Good Friday, Festival of Sails has plenty of fun Easter themed activities to participate in. Kids will love the Easter egg hunt which occurs on the beach, there is also a surprise visit by the Easter Bunny who sometimes makes a spectacular entrance by parachuting onto the beach! Take advantage of face painting, amusement rides, a petting zoo and pony rides, too - before you've eaten too much chocolate!
Another enjoyable aspect of the Redcliffe Sails Festival is the hundreds of markets that set up every year. From arts and crafts to delicious food stalls, there is something for everyone at the market place.
Suttons Beach will come alive during Redcliffe Festival of Sails. Be sure to go and visit the Beach Zone once you get there. The first thing that will meet your eyes will be the incredible hand crafted sand sculptures. The kids will love getting their hands messy making their own sand sculptures, too, on this accessible shoreline. Watch beach volleyball and keep an eye out for other keep fit activities on the sand. There really is something for everyone.
Every year at the Redcliffe Festival of Sails, live stage entertainment is provided all day on the Main Stage. Be sure to check it out and get your groove on! Music and entertainment make it a great day out for kids and parents alike. The full program of live music and entertainment will be confirmed closer to the event.
The Redcliffe Festival of Sails organisers put a lot of time into planning the 'little things'. Additional public toilets are available along with first aid attendants. Need cash for that bargain you've spotted at the markets? Use one of the portable ATMs to get money out on the go.
Each year more than 30,000 people visit the Redcliffe Festival of Sails.
Apply for a stall here.
Be advised there is very limited parking at the Festival. There are alternatives to parking near the festival. Catch the ‘Park ‘n' Ride’ shuttle bus service from the Redcliffe Showgrounds, which runs frequently from 8am - 5pm. Simply park at the Redcliffe Showgrounds and take the FREE shuttle bus provided to the event.
To get to the Redcliffe Showgrounds from Brisbane, check out our guide to Redcliffe here. Once you get onto Victoria Avenue, continue up past the Redcliffe Hospital. Just after it you will find the Redcliffe Showgrounds.
Alternatively, you can catch the shuttle bus from Kippa-Ring Train Station, running frequently from 8am - 5pm.
The best part of that this entire service, from parking to taking the bus, is completely free! All shuttle buses are wheelchair and pram friendly.
Please note that Suttons Beach car park will also be closed for the event from 12pm, Thursday 9th April and reopening at 7pm, Friday 10 April. Some car parks in the Settlement Cove car park may also be affected during event times for event activities and accessible parking.
Changed Traffic Conditions
To assist with traffic and congestion in the local area regulatory ‘No Stopping’ signs will be installed in surrounding streets off Suttons Beach Park & Marine Parade. These include: Haskins Street, McCarthy Street, Langdon Avenue and Dix Street.
The Redcliffe Festival of Sails is one you certainly do not want to miss. It’s the perfect place to go for a fun time on a low budget. Keep your next Good Friday free so you can come check it out!
Want to discover more fun things to do all year in Redcliffe? Or do you need directions to get to Redcliffe from Brisbane? Check out our official page on the Redcliffe area here.
Redcliffe Festival of Sails is proudly presented by Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism (MBRIT), and supported by our strategic partner Moreton Bay Regional Council.
Suttons Beach Park, Marine Parade, Redcliffe QLD, Australia