Blessing Of The Fleet


Great Sandy Straits Marina | July 27, 2019.

Join us on July 27 for tasty food stalls and fun children’s rides as part of Hervey Bay’s traditional Blessing of the Fleet which signals the beginning of the whale watching season. The blessing of the Fleet is a centuries old tradition believed to have originated in Mediterranean communities to ensure a safe and prosperous season to all vessels. 

A Butchulla welcome, aloha chant and multi-faith blessing will be the highlight of this year's event which runs from 4pm - 7.30pm. You can also step aboard to check out the many whale watching vessels, enjoy a sail past and listen to some great live music before watching the fantastic fireworks display.

There will also be a Marine Rescue Hervey Bay open day from 2pm to 5pm at the Great Sandy Straits Marina to promote awareness of the volunteer service.

We hope to see you there!




Official opening of Blessing Of The Fleet

Butchulla Welcome and Dance


Leonie Kingdom (entertainment throughout the evening)


Indigenous performance


Aloha Mai E Chant by Leandra Gurbiel


Time Cannon fired by Ken Ashford

Start of the Sail Past


Sail past concludes, boats open for inspection







An abundance of food stalls, take away shops, restaurants and cafes will be open throughout the evening.

Café Balaena
Overlooking the beautiful marina and in the centre of this year’s Blessing of the Fleet, there won’t be better seats in the house. With a menu to please everyone and a relaxed, warm atmosphere, enjoy the Blessing of the Fleet over dinner at Café Balaena.
To book, call 07 4125 4799

The Dock Restaurant & Bar
Enjoy the ocean breezes and have the best view at this year’s Blessing of the Fleet for the annual sail past and the impressive fireworks display. The Dock is fully licensed and family friendly.
To book, call 07 4194 6477  

Hervey Bay Boat Club
The Hervey Bay Boat Club has dining options to suit everyone. A bistro, café or a Brazilian BBQ restaurant are among the choices, with live music and a view to compliment the atmosphere.
To book, call 07 4128 9643

Smokey Joe’s Café, Bar & Grill
Just a short stroll from all the festivities is Smokey Joe’s. Live entertainment is their specialty, so expect the best up and coming artists from the region.
To book, call 07 4197 0667

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