The Davistown Putt Putt Regatta and Wooden Boat Festival is a main stage event on the Central Coast. Drawing crowds of 3000 or more, the festival is always a hit! For the last 18 years, the annual event has been organised by the Lions Club of Green Point and Avoca, with a wide variety of other volunteer organisations getting involved on the day.
The Festival is on this weekend – 23rd October and commences at 9:00am. The festivities last all day until 4:00pm
Held along the picturesque Illoura Reserve in Davistown, the Festival fills the wide grass reserve between the waterfront houses and Brisbane Waters. The perfect setting for a spring celebration!
The regatta was born from challenges held in the 1900’s between boat owners and builders competing for the crown of the fastest in town. Onshore celebrations would be held by the local families of the day with music and fun for the whole family. Many of the putt putt’s are still in use today.
The Putt Putt regatta now draws in boats from all over Australia, with previous festivals including 100 boats racing!
The owners and builders get into the theme with vintage and novelty costumes as well as other creative decorations that add to the atmosphere of the event.
The Big Race!
The biggest event of the day is the Putt Putt race. The flotilla of putt putts are led by NSW Maritime around Brisbane Water. Spectator craft head out alongside to watch the big race. If you have a boat, feel free to see the Festival from the water. Spectators gather on the shore with the race launching at 11:15 am.
It is quite the sight and sound as all the putt putts head off to see who has the best craft of the day.
The foreshore fills with stalls and activities for kids and adults. Chill out with an ice cream, some dutch pancakes or a good old sausage sandwich and watch the events of the day unfold.
Festival stalls offer craft, clothes, kids toys, festival games and other market style entertainment. The vintage car club, machinery club and the NSW Fire Brigade are also there to show off. Kids can get up close with the Fire Brigade and even have a go on the hose.
A dragon boat race is programmed for 9:30 am, 11:45 am and 3 pm. Grab a spot and cheer on the local teams.
The festival is popular so it is wise to get there before 10am. If you aren’t a morning person, you’ll still get to enjoy the festival, just be prepared to find a parking spot a little further afield. Don’t be deterred though, Davistown is flat so walking is easy. If you live within 2-3 kilometres of the site, leave the car at home.
Tip for the Day
There is some shade here and there along the foreshore, but it is typically occupied early. Take along your shade shelter and picnic chairs and set up further up the reserve from the centre stage and stay for the day.
The Festival stretches along Illoura Reserve between Dilgara Avenue and Mirreen Avenue, Davistown.
It is a great day out and doesn’t need to cost you a cent!