Aquafest roars to life on River Murray

Start your engines – the seventh Aquafest is here.

Speed boats which range in age and horsepower will roar to life at the Goolwa Aquatic Club for the two-day event this weekend.

Spirited demonstrations by boats which reach speeds of up to 140km/h will be a highlight of the program, with more than 50 entries from across Australia.

Event coordinator Neil Oatway said although it was not a race meeting, Aquafest was a high-adrenaline free event.

“If you like speed and noise, and history, that’s what it’s all about,” he said.

Boats are used in a controlled situation on the River Murray with no stopwatches or trophies; it provides boat drivers a chance to get their vessel on the water and have a lot of fun.

Any speedboat is welcome: new or old, inboard or outboard, race boat, ski boat or pleasure craft. 

Saturday features a ‘test and tune’, but Sunday is the big day, Mr Oatway said.

He said boats might be the focus of the festival, but there was something for everyone.

“There are amusements for the kids, food stalls, hot rods on display, and a Historic Motor Vehicle Club display,” he said.

A special part of Sunday’s program is an air display, featuring a vintage Spitfire, a flyover by tiger moths, and aerobatics.

For more information about Aquafest, visit or contact Neil on 0414 313 322.