Queanbeyan River Festival

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary in 2017!

The 2016 River Festival was a fun filled day of free activities for all age groups, bringing together the community and visitors to celebrate our river. You can see the images on our Flickr Photostream.

Held in the picturesque setting of Ray Morton Park on the banks of the Queanbeyan River, this year the festival included:

  • The Clearwater Sculpture Prize Award, with the exhibition running over the same weekend
  • Under the trees there was Face Painting, a Lantern Making Workshop, Make Your Own Mini Boat, Paint Your Own Library Bag, Model Ship and Museum Display and Cultural Activities for the kids
  • In the Sensory Garden there was Water Balls, a Giant Bouncer, Air Brush Tattooing and SAFE Archery
  • On the river front there was come-n-try Kayaks and Stand-up Paddle Boards, Tug-o-war and Jousting
  • The Cancer Support Group - ACT Eden Monaro’s Own boat races
  • Art Workshops: Insect Architecture Workshop with Natalie Maras to make your own Insect Hotel and Art Journal Workshop with Sonja Kalenjuk
  • The Queanbeyan Art Society building offered a wonderful Art Exhibition and Salt Painting Workshops
  • The Enviro Expo at the River’s Edge included the following stallholders: Googong Sustainable Housing Project; Queanbeyan Sustainability Group; ICON Water; Molonglo Catchment Group; Waterwatch; Wildcare Queanbeyan; NSW Transport - ‘Old4New’ Life Jacket upgrade at discounted price; Greening Australia & Australian River; Restoration Centre; Southern Harvest Association and Office of Environment and Heritage
  • There was an interesting and educational guided River Walk with Tom Baker from Queanbeyan Landcare
  • Fly Fishing Demonstrations by Danny Spelic of Capital Fishing for Fly Fishing
  • great array of local food stalls including: 2nd Queanbeyan Scouts Group; The Girl Guides; The ACT Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group; Pizza2u - Wood-fired Pizza; Holle Cannoli - Italian Sweets; Yabbies; Lebanese Sweets; Adam’sGozleme - Turkish Pastries and Here’s the Coffee

In 2017 the festival will take place on both sides of the Queanbeyan River, at Ray Morton Park again and the new Queen Elizabeth Park! Visitors will again be able to enjoy a wide range of activities including crazy ‘build your own boat’ races, water activities, interactive art and craft workshops, ‘come and try’ sessions as well as information and displays, and much more.

For further information on entering the boat races for 2017 contact ACT Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group on 6297 1261. For further information about the Queanbeyan River Festival please contact Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council on 6285 6522.

River Festival 2016