Jam-packed program to celebrate Australia Day

The 2016 event will undoubtedly be one of our best ever with a jam-packed entertainment and beach fun activity program.

Commencing as always with open markets, rides and amusements this year will again feature the Family Fun Run and beach BBQ.

The traditional beach games will get underway from 2pm and include the popular Bulletin Bare Bottom Boat Regatta beach races, Mirror Sand Sculpture Competition and Keppel Coast Arts Chalkboard Art Competition. These will be followed by a 10 hour marathon entertainment program. On water activities start at 10am.The Mirror Sand Sculpture Competition

This competition has three categories – Midgets (up to 7 years), Juniors (8 to 12 years) and Open (all ages). Entry to the competition is ABSOLUTELY FREE and there is $1500 in cash, plus vouchers and other prizes to be won.

Sculpture themes in the past have ranged from traditional Australia Day themes to Australian marine animals, abstract art and traditional sandcastles. Themes and artistic expression for sculptures will be only limited by the imagination of the contestants. Previous years have seen up to 200 contestants taking part with both individual and team entries so register early to join in the fun. The only limitation is sculptures must be made with hand tools only and predominantly using materials found on the beach.

Each contestant or team will have an area of beach is allocated for this event. Contestants need to nominate/register from 7.30am on the day at the Administration tent on Main Beach. This years high tides mean that building will commence from 1pm. Judging is at 4pm with the winners being announced on the day.

With excellent weather forecast for this year’s Great Australia Day Beach Party organisers are reminding everyone to be sun-smart on the day and to ‘slip, slop, slap’.

Sand Sculpture Prizes Fact Box:  

Category 1st Prize 2nd Prize Runners Up
Open Section $500 Cash $350 Cash 2 x $100 Vouchers
Juniors (under 12’s) $100 Cash $50 Cash 4 x $15 Vouchers
Midgets (Under 7’s) 4 x $25 Vouchers 4 x $20 Vouchers 4 x $15 Vouchers

Prize vouchers donated by: Keppel Bay Sailing Club Bistro & Crave Surf Industries
For further information, please contact:

Beach Games Coordinating Team: Mr Nigel Hutton, Mob 0427269248.

‘It is amazing how creative people can be. Loved all the different ideas. Even the really little kids put their imagination into the sand’

Kick off Australia Day 2017 with a free Evoke Yoga Class

7am-8am in front of the main stage. All abilities. For more info contact Shelly McArdle. P: 0400 707 972 E: evokeyoga@outlook.com

fun runGreat Australia Day Beach Fun Run

Join the fun early and start the day in the best possible way with a walk or run.  You can choose from a 1K walk or 5K run!

5K Run Prizes:
1st place Men’s Division  …. Women’s Division 

2nd place – Men’s Division  ….. Women’s Division 

Best dressed Australia Day themed team (minimum 6 people)

Lucky run prizes for finishers.

Costs of entry will $5 for 16 and over and a Gold coin donation for under 16s. Registrations from 6:00am at the Yeppoon Beachfront Life saving club. The run starts at 7:00am sharp.

Download the registration form HERE. Bring your registration form with you. Forms will also be available on the day. This event is organised by the Cap Coast Runners. Visit our Facebook page for membership details.

‘What a great way to start the day with friends and families dressed in your best ‘true blue OZZIE’ running outfit at a Great Australia Day Beach Fun Run’

chalkboard artChalkboard Art Competition

The 5th Annual Keppel Coast Arts Australia Day Chalk Art Competition will take place on the Yeppoon Beachfront with registration from at 9:00 am. All ages welcome. Drawings can be up to  1m x 1m, the theme is up to you, but must be suitable for viewing by all ages. Chalk supplied. Your artwork must be completed by 11:30am ready for the judges. Over $300 in prizes to be won. Enquiries keppelcoastarts@gmail.com

Bound to be heaps budding artists young and old looking to ‘chalk up’ some real winners and it’s FREE to enter.  Good on you Keppel Coast Arts !!!

Bare Bottom Boat Beach Challenge

This has traditionally been one of the highlights of the beach program. And in case anyone has the wrong impression it is the boats that have the ‘bare-bottoms’ not the contestants.

Essentially this is a fun beach race over approximately 100 metres with teams of four people racing in bottomless boats. Boats are supplied and entry to the competition is once again ABSOLUTELY FREE. All people need to do is get a team of four people and nominate on the day.

Categories include Boys and Girls Midgets (under 8’s), Boys and Girls Juniors (under 13’s), Men & Women’s Open, Senior Men and Women (over 40’s), and Veteran Men and Women (over 55’s).

What a blast. Haven’t had so much fun in years. Just goes to show that even the oldies can join in the fun too’ ice cream lickingGreat Australia Day Ice Cream Licking Competition

‘Brain freeze heaven’.

Compete to be the fastest licker on the coast.

There’s a kid’s comp at 2:30pm and one for the dad’s at 4:20pm. Just register at the Admin table before the event.

‘No better way to cool down on a hot day – glad mum washes my clothes. And it’s FREE!!

SES volunteersKids Fun with Yeppoon SES Volunteers

The Yeppoon SES Volunteers have lots of other fun things for kids on the day with events such as the Egg Tossing Competition, Sack Races and Tug-O-War.

‘The SES deserve a BIG PAT ON THE BACK for giving up their time to help us celebrate Australia Day at the beach!’


Beach Volleyball

For the first time this year Indoor Sports Arena Rockhampton is presenting Australia Day Beach Bash volleyball. How would you like to play some social beach volleyball on Yeppoon Main Beach in front of thousands? This event is for everyone. You don’t have to be a volleyballer to play. You just need to organise a team of 4 players (2 guys and 2 girls) and get ready to have a brilliant time. Plenty of laughs and good times celebrating our awesome country that we are lucky enough to live in. Entries close Monday 21st January. Call Trent from ISA today on 4927 8499.