PaddleFest is Paddle Queensland’s key participation program.


The Fraser Coast PaddleFest will introduce the community to the great sport of paddling while educating participants on basic water safety and paddling techniques.

Participants will be able to try are a range of paddle craft ranging from SUPS to Outrigger Canoes.

The Fraser Coast PaddleFest aims to:

  • Engage local communities on the physical and mental health benefits of paddling.
  • Enable more young people to try and stay paddling
  • Engage young people in the sport of paddling through the power of play
  • Provide a quality, enjoyable, sociable and safe introduction to paddling
  • Eliminate barriers to participation by providing access to equipment and instruction
  • Use games and activities to support experiential learning
  • Establish basic paddling skills and knowledge that support future paddling pathways
  • Provide a progression through to specialised areas of paddling
  • Develop an awareness of all aspects of paddling
  • Provide links to clubs, Paddle Education and other paddling opportunities
  • Assist clubs in developing young paddlers
  • Allow flexibility in delivery according to venues and situations
  • Increase the level of safe paddling practices in the community through educating young people.

In September two Fraser Coast PaddleFest programs will be on offer to the community:

  • Paddle Discovery – Community Day
  • Fraser Coast Cup – Race Day 

Saturday, 11th September: Community Day













The Paddle Discovery program is designed for participants to learn the basic skills of paddling in an experiential manner through a range of games and activities over six (6), one (1) hour sessions. Basic instruction may be required to consolidate learning from the games and activities.

Get a group of friends together, or come on your own for hours of fun with water games and activities. Adults are to remain onsite for the duration of the program for children under 16 years of age.


Sunday, 12th September: Race Day

The Fraser Coast Cup is a 17.5 km paddle consisting of three 5850m laps starting and finishing at the Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club.

Paddlers will head 750 metres North towards turn one before heading 2175 metres West to turn two. Paddlers will then head South towards Scarness Jetty for turn three, before heading back to the Hervey Bay SLSC for turn four and completing the first of three laps 5850m laps. The finish line will be on the beach outside the SLSC.

The Fraser Coast Cup is open to any person with a seaworthy craft, is about participation and enjoyment of the Fraser Coast’s natural attractions.

Short course. To encourage novice paddlers, a one lap short course will also be offered.

Registrations will be open soon for this event!

Paddle Queensland would like to acknowledge and thank the Fraser Coast Regional Caouncil for their support in bringing PaddleFest to region.