Great Sandy Straits Marina | Coming soon in 2018!


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. In the modern era, Hervey Bay’s annual Blessing of the Fleet is celebrated with a free evening of music, market stalls, a sail by of the vessels and culminating with an impressive fireworks display at 7:20 pm.

Limited street parking available.  

  • Boat Harbour Drive
  • Charlton Esplanade
  • Miller Street
  • Pulgul Street
  • Limited parking in the Sandy Straits Marina Car Park




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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