Amy Cook and Nicky Haggett put the finishing touches to the Hervey Bay Boat Club's float while president George Duck takes a look at his portrait on the side.
Amy Cook and Nicky Haggett put the finishing touches to the Hervey Bay Boat Club's float while president George Duck takes a look at his portrait on the side. Alistair Brightman

No chance of boat club's float sinking during parade

DON'T be surprised if you see super-sized seaweed or brightly coloured ocean creatures making their way along the esplanade on August 17.

The Saturday afternoon Illumination Parade will feature the Fraser Coast's most spectacular fleet of floats, including five from the Hervey Bay Boat Club.

The club's star vessel is a creatively decorated, 11m polystyrene yacht, which has previously featured in cinematic thriller, The Reef.

For the duration of filming the large vessel stayed upside down, playing the part of a capsized yacht.

Boat club president George Duck said it was donated to them when filming finished and is a unique attraction.

"It's huge but made of polystyrene - so really, very light," he said.

Mr Duck said the club staff love the float and spent hours decorating it.

The parade will start at 6.15pm and will be followed by fireworks at 7.45pm.

Many other events will be held during the month long family friendly-event.

For more information on the Hervey Bay Whale Festival, visit www.herveybaywhalefestival.com.au

Illumination parade

  • Venue: Scarness Esplanade / Park
  • Date: Saturday
  • Time: 4pm-8pm
  • Cost: Free


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