ANCHORS AWEIGH: Lake Mac gets set for colourful Float Your Boat fest!

Lake Macquarie will be bathed in a brilliant technicolour glow this June when the popular Float Your Boat Festival kicks off.

The popular festival, which regularly draws thousands of spectators to the shoreline, will see a flotilla of colourfully lit and themed boats make their way along the western side of the lake on Friday 18 June before skirting the eastern edge on Saturday June 18.

Cash prizes are also up for grabs for best-dressed boats, including a $2000 People’s Choice Award, a $1000 Mayor’s Best Boat Award for vessels 10m and over, and a $1000 Mayor’s Best Boat Award for vessels 5m and over.

“Thousands of spectators are expected to line the shores of our beautiful lake to see boats in a rainbow of colour motor past.” Lake Macquarie Council’s arts, culture and tourism manager Jacqui Hemsley said.

Marmong Point Marina’s Managing Director, Les Binkin and Float Your Boat co-partner added that he was excited to see the event back on the 2021 calendar.

“As an avid boatie and Float Your Boat participant, we’re passionate about bringing Lake Macquarie alive in June. This year we are aiming to have over 40 vessels on display so make sure you head down to the foreshore or book a night at one of the many hospitality outlets along the trail,” Mr Binkin said.

The first parade begins on Friday 18 June with a 5pm launch event at Marmong Point Marina, before the boats set sail at 6pm. The best vantage spots for Friday’s parade include Marmong Point, Toronto, Bolton Point Park, Coal Point, Rathmines and Wangi Wangi.

On Saturday 19 June, the parade will set sail at 6pm from Marmong Point Marina, heading north towards Booragul before crossing the lake and skirting its eastern edge from Warners Bay to Belmont. The best Saturday vantage points include the Red Bluff walkway, Warners Bay and Belmont.

Les Binkin will be hosting a free Build Your Own Display workshop at Marmong Point Marina foreshore on Saturday 5 June

Registration to take part in the Float Your Boat parade is free and can be completed here.