Australia’s Biggest Duck Race will be held at Riverside Drive on Saturday October 15. The annual event is part of Summertime Riverfest, an event with live music, activities for kids and Channel Ten’s Totally Wild animal shows. Australia’s Biggest Duck Race is the main event, with duck ambassadors Duane Strauss and Kellyn Morris (Totally Wild) there to celebrate the tenth anniversary.
Forty thousand rubber ducks will waddle into the waters of Brisbane River for a 100m race that will prove to be the ultimate test of strength, stamina and flotation for each “athlete”. A paddling of lucky ducks will win their owners either a new car, a boat thanks to Port of Brisbane, or a holiday.
The day’s festivities are for a fantastic cause. In the ten years it has been running, the event has been raising money for cancer research at the PA Research Foundation. Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation, Simone Plunkett, says every contribution counts when it comes to beating cancer. “We can all be a part of making that discovery a reality by supporting the Duck and raising funds to provide early diagnosis, better treatments and long term care with the ultimate goal of stopping cancer,” Ms Plunkett said.
Attendees are invited to enjoy the afternoon sunshine from 12pm onwards, the program of events including an 18+ Chill Zone, the St George Gone Quackers space for kids, a celebrity duck race and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat. With thousands expected to get quacking and flock to Riverside Drive, the event promises to be a fun-filled day for all involved.
The Brisbane River provides a beautiful backdrop and stage for the event
Totally Wild presenters Duane Strauss and Kellyn Morris with mascot Quackers
The event promises activities for the whole family to enjoy
Words by Stephen Chinnery
Images by Kylie Hay