Redcliffe Festival of Sails

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

Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race

Considered one of the biggest yacht races in Australia, the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race sets the scene for this Festival. 2018 will be the 70th 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 Courier Mail 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!

Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay

In a journey that takes more than a million steps, the Queen's Baton Relay will pass through the Redcliffe Festival of Sails on the morning Friday, 30 March, on it's way to the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 

Fun Easter themed activities

Since it takes place on Good Friday, the 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!

Festival markets

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. Stallholder Applications have now closed.

Enjoy the beach

Suttons Beach will come alive during the Redcliffe Festival of Sails. Be sure to go and visit the beach 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.

Live Stage Entertainment

Every year at the Redcliffe Festival of Sails, live stage entertainment is provided all day. 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.

Have a stall at Redcliffe Festival of Sails

Each year more than 30,000 people visit the Redcliffe Festival of Sails. Sorry, stallholder applications have now closed. 


Getting to the Festival

Be advised there is very limited parking at the Festival. There are alternatives to parking near the festival. Catch the 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 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 8.30am - 5.00pm. 

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. 

One of the top things to do near Brisbane this Good Friday

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.



Thanks to our 2018 Event Partners

Redcliffe Festival of Sails is proudly presented by Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism ( MBRIT), and supported by our strategic partner Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Platinum Sponsor

Accelerate (SCEE)

Gold Sponsor


Community Sponsor

Village Motors

ID: 6426356

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9am - 4pm
30 March 2018


Suttons Beach
15 Marine Parade
Redcliffe 4020

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