Float Your Boat

Next date: Friday, 21 June 2024 | 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

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Huge illuminated works of art lit up Lake Macquarie on the weekend as part of the annual Float Your Boat festival.

Thousands of people lined the lake’s shore and converged on livesites in Toronto and Warners Bay as the festival flotilla set sail across Friday and Saturday evenings. Crowds keeping warm watching fire-twirling, LED light artists and musicians.

The crew of Mistique took out the Mayor’s Choice award in the 5m-10m boat category for its ‘Twinkly Toes the Octopus’ light sculpture, while the creative team from yacht Influencer took out the 10m+ category for its mermaid and octopus arrangement.

Voting is now closed for the Newcastle Permanent People’s Choice Award. Those who cast a vote for their favourite boat are in with a chance to win a $100 Visa giftcard! The owner of the winning boat will take hope a $2000 prize.  

People's Choice Award Gallery

Check out Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser's winners from Float Your Boat 2023:

Ahoy Sailors! We are looking for boaties to help us light up the lake by decorating your boat in lights and taking part in the flotilla parade in 2024. Up to $2000 in prizes to be won. Register your interest here.


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  • Friday, 21 June 2024 | 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  • Saturday, 22 June 2024 | 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

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