Activations

Dive headfirst into Nightide, where the rule is simple: Expect the unexpected.


We kick things off at Queenscliff Pier with a welcome to country. Then it's on to our lantern parade - softly glowing lights leading the way along the foreshore. It's less fairy tale and more community spirit, and that's just how we like it. And hey, make sure you hang out for our beachside soundscapes. Think melodies and stories that'll whisk you to places you've only ever dreamed of.


After the sun dips below the horizon, bonfires crackle and pop with their own rhythm. And if that doesn't spike your heart rate, we've got ice baths that'll get your blood pumping in no time. And finally, when you think it can't get any better, we light up the night sky with fireworks. It's a blazing finale to a day packed with unforgettable moments.


So there you have it. That's Nightide for you—a mix of fire, ice, and everything nice. Drop by and discover it for yourself. You'll be glad you did.


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Welcome to country
Nightide opens with a Traditional Welcome to Country + Smoking Ceremony from Wadawurrung Traditional Owner followed by a Didgeridoo performance.
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Luminous Lights - Lantern Parade
Lighthouse Arts Collective is facilitating local school workshops to create 200 handmade lanterns, illuminating the shores of Queenscliff, embracing the spirit of winter, celebrating culture, and fostering community engagement.
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Soul-stice Lounge Party
Experience a musical journey with DJ Emma Peel, spinning soulful vinyl and timeless funk anthems on the first-floor lounge of the captivating Queenscliff Ferry Terminal, known as TARRA. Let your feet loose and groove to the funk or taste an array of fine wines, artisanal beers, and aromatic gin from local supplier tastings. Or simply bask in the cosy warmth behind the glass, watching the festivities unfold outside.
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Sound Bath - Samana Yoga
Kick off the festivities by feeding the soul, Sound healing at the end of the Queenscliff pier hosted by Samana Yoga. Harnessing the cosmic symphony of vibration, sound healing orchestrates body, mind, and emotions into harmony using age-old instruments—voice, gongs, crystal bowls. It's a lullaby for healing, steeped in thousands of years of global tradition.
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Ice Baths
To truly embrace the solstice spirit, some cold water therapy in the inflatable ice baths will revitalise the soul. Are you brave enough?
Sauna
Sauna
Warm up after your dip in a ice bath with a traditional finnish sauna. The perfect post-chill activity before enjoying the rest of the solstice festivities.
Pheonix Rising
Fire Twirlers
To truly embrace the solstice spirit, some cold water therapy in the inflatable ice baths will revitalise the soul. Are you brave enough?
Soundscape
The Sand Is Always Moving - Coastal Soundscape
Scattered between the Queenscliff Pier & The Ferry Terminal will be a synaesthetic sound environment, resonating with the natural sounds of Queenscliff beach.
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Fire Sculpture
Christian AKA General Zod is a Melbourne based artist/sculptor. Christian is predominantly a timber worker with a passion for recycling. Christian's work has featured at multiple Australian festivals , his art has been incorporated into stage designs , installations and activations.  For Nightide expect to see a burn inspired by Winter Solstice, the sea and beach location.
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Operatic Sky
Multi-award-winning soprano Lee Abrahmsen will deliver a breathtaking performance, culminating in a dazzling fireworks display sure to light up the spirits and the sky.