The Hervey Bay Ocean Festival has something for everyone!

The Hervey Bay Ocean Festival has something for everyone!

Pop up Sunset Pier Party:

One of the Fraser Coast’s most stylish events returns to the Hervey Bay Ocean Festival this year.

Wine and food lovers are expected to relish the opportunity to once again attend the Coast Pop Up Sunset Pier Party on the Scarness Jetty from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday, August 11 after a two-year hiatus.

Coast Restaurant & Bar owner Julia Paussa described the chic event as a big cocktail party on the pier with food tents serving canapes and representatives of beer, wine and spirit sellers talking to the guests about their products.

“We’re really excited to make it the best one we’ve done,” she said.

“We’re working on a menu that reflects our local produce.”

Ms Paussa said representatives from craft beer maker Brouhaha Brewery in Maleny, spirit and liqueur maker Kalki Moon Distilling and Brewing Company in Bundaberg and wine maker Raidis Estate, Coonawarra would add an entertaining, educational element to the afternoon.

Pricing is yet to be finalised, but tickets will go on sale from July 10 at:


Parade and Concert:

Brendan Bowers, event coordinator for Fraser Coast Tourism and events said, “The whale parade, held on August 18, is a fun community event with floats lighting up the Esplanade from Scarness to Pialba.

“A concert on the Seafront Oval and sideshow alley entertain festival-goers before and after the street procession.

“Fans of the party, dance and rock music will be in their element this year with Central Queensland band Phineas Q booked as the concert’s headline act supported by Hervey Bay’s Leonie Kingdom who recently topped Triple J’s Unearthed chart.

“A great fireworks display will top off a terrific evening.”

Paddle Out for the Whales:

Brendan said, “The sentimental favourite Paddle Out for Whales would take place in a new location, having moved from Scarness to Torquay.

“We made the decision to move the event to Torquay because the foreshore is more easily accessible for participants, spectators, and people with disabilities,” Mr Bowers said.

“It’s a great spectacle and the event has a lot of heart with people paddling out in kayaks, canoes, on paddleboards and all sorts of inflatable craft to form a circle to remember whales that have died during the year and support ongoing conservation efforts.”

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Photos by: Kim Parnell 

Also, part of the Oceans Festival are The Kite Festival, covered in the youth column, and the Seafood festival that deserves its own page as the event will celebrate its twentieth birthday!!

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