Counting down to the Brisbane to Gladstone race

March 30, 2021

With the countdown on, boating enthusiasts are getting ready to celebrate next month’s return of the iconic Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, right on the doorstep of North Harbour.

Considered to be one of Australia’s premier yacht races, entrants are attracted from across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania as well as abroad.

There are plenty of great vantage points nearby to catch a glimpse of the yachts as the make their way from Shorncliffe, past Redcliffe and across the bay to a mark off Tangalooma, Moreton Island, and towards the open water.

Boaties are spoilt for choice when it comes to getting close to the action, with around 300 private and commercial craft expected to gather around the start line to farewell the competitors.

Steeped in tradition, the first race was held during Easter 1949 with just seven vessels, two of which carried radios with Brisbane’s Homing Pigeon Club supplying birds to the others for position reporting.

Accessing the bay, to soak up the atmosphere of events such as the Brisbane to Gladstone, will  become even easier under our plans to create a new world-class waterfront destination at North Harbour.

As the only significant new marina project between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coat, the North Harbour Marina Precinct will provide an exciting river-based connection to the Bay for everyone to enjoy.


A Family doing activity by the beach


Even for those without a boat, there are plenty of ways to enjoy a bumper, fun day out with the family at the nearby Redcliffe Festival of Sails, which attracts thousands of people each year to celebrate the Brisbane to Gladstone event.

There’s something for everyone, with this year featuring a visit from Easter Bunny, an Easter egg hunt, three stages of live entertainment, and hundreds of market stalls.

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