FROM lovingly crafted ceramics and groovy tunes to memorable dance moves, the Gladstone Harbour Festival is serving up a veritable feast for entertainment lovers across the city.

The focus and precision required in creating pottery shows at the end result of the pots, cups, bowls and animals created by the Gladstone Area Potters Group.

Intricately made and detailed homewares, sculptures and pottery are on display and available for sale at their centre at 37 Dawson Rd.

Helen Grandall's love for pottery came about in 1979.

"I just like creating new things, styles and shapes," she said.

The group is desperately in need of new members to increase its open hours.

Throughout the harbour festival the group will showcase some of its best work at the gallery.

Head to 37 Dawson Rd between 10am-2.30pm today, 10am- 4pm Friday, 9am-4pm Saturday, and 9am-noon Sunday.

As the sun set on the Gladstone Harbour Festival, the bright lights of the amusements rides and stalls came to life, whizzing and whirring to the delight of many festival goers.

Jacob Bunien, 12, Tylah Walden, 13, and Miffany Bolt, 13, testing out the rides at the Gladstone Harbour Festival.
Jacob Bunien, 12, Tylah Walden, 13, and Miffany Bolt, 13, testing out the rides at the Gladstone Harbour Festival. Rebekah Smith

Miffany Bolt, 13, Tylah Walden, 13, and Jacob Bunien, 12, said it was the Gravitron that was their favourite ride.

"It's fun, it spins around and you stick to the walls," Miffany said.

Crystal Fisher, 15, also said the Gravitron was good, although it made her feel queasy.

She and Lee Gillet,15, were enjoying their second night at the Gladstone Harbour Festival.

Aiden Geary, 13, and Blake Spresser, 13, also looked forward to testing out the rides, while Aiden's dad Brett thought the talent quest was the highlight of the night.

Tonight's Festival Junior Queen Quest is expected to be a major drawcard.



  • The crowning of the Queen Quest entrants.
  • Community Carnival with Latin music, fire dancers, stilt walkers, samba dancing and fireworks.


  • Family Fun Night with Fireman Sam, Peppa Pig and Scooby Doo, with 8pm fireworks.


  • Harbour Festival Fun Run from 7am. Registration from 6am.
  • The Observer's Marina Markets from 8am-4pm.
  • Great Raft Race from 10.30am.
  • Spectacular from 7pm.


  • Bush Poet's Breakfast.
  • Teddy Bear's Picnic.
  • The Observer's Marina Markets from 8am-4pm.
  • Bechtel's Festival Finale from 7pm.


  • Jazz 'n Shiraz from 6.30pm, tickets still available.

Helen Crandall at the Gladstone Area Potters group, making some of the finishing touches to a bowl...