Lake Macquarie takes on Vivid with Float Your Boat light show

Not ready to farewell Vivid? Then head to Lake Macquarie for the long-awaited return of its famous Float Your Boat light show.

Dozens of boats will illuminate the calm waters and night skies over one festive weekend from dusk on June 24 and 25.

Enjoying a cult following among passionate boat owners who turn out to showcase their decorated vessels in a parade around the Lake and compete for cash prizes, Float Your Boat features two flotilla parades charting a different course each night.

The first night’s event will depart Marmong Point Marina and sail to Toronto, Coal Point, Rathmines, and Wangi Wangi, while on the second night, the luminous line of vessels will again set off from Marmong Point Marina for Belmont via Warners Bay and Valentine.

From dolphins and surfers to swans, mermaids and more, huge crowds are expected for this year’s event so the pressure is on for boat owners to take their lights to the next level to claim a share of the prize money – and foreshore cheers.

Spectators are invited to join the lakeside celebrations which will include live music performances, food, and entertainment.