Lake Macquarie City Council wants local boaties to help light up the Lake in June’s Float Your Boat spectacular.

Council’s Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism, Jacqui Hemsley, said more than 17,000 spectators lined the shore of Lake Macquarie over two nights last year to see a flotilla of illuminated vessels cruise past.

We’re calling on our boating community to join us to have some fun, dress up their boats with lights and take part in this fantastic event,” Ms Hemsley said.

Last year we had more than 24 boats lit up as a mermaid, dolphins, turtles and even the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars,” Ms Hemsley said.

This year we want to see bigger and even more extravagant illumination displays and onshore performances.”

Float Your Boat is a popular family event, bringing people from all across the region to the shores of our lake for an evening of fun.

Participants will be in the running for cash prizes across three categories:

  • People’s Choice Award – $2000;

  • Mayor’s Best Boat Award, 10m and over – $1000; and

  • Mayor’s Best Boat Award, 5m and over – $1000.

Applications are open and registration is free.

Applicants can also register their interest in participating in a free four-hour marine sculpture workshop at Marmong Point Marina on Saturday 16 June, where participants will gain advice on how to make their illumination ideas a reality.

Float Your Boat will see illuminated boats parade along the western side of the Lake on Friday 28 June from 6-9pm. They will cruise the eastern side the following evening, Saturday 29 June, also from 6-9pm.

This event is sponsored by Marmong Point Marina, Belmont 16s and The Brighton.

For more information about the event, visit