karragarra sea market

Tide Festival would like to thank Chris McGregor from Bay Islands Property for his generous sponsorship of the Karragarra Sea Market making a $10,000 donation to cover the performers and festival staging!


The 2022 Karragarra Sea Market takes place on Sunday 25 September 2022 on the Karragarra Island foreshore. It will mark its 25th anniversary and is set to the the biggest event to date.


If you would like to have a stall at the Sea Market, please apply through our online booking form.

Market stall applications close COB September 17th.


There will be no ATM on site, and many stallholders will not have card facilities. With over 90 market and food stalls to peruse, you don't want to be caught short for purchasing a delicious bite to eat or unique treasure to take home!



We have been working with our stallholders to minimise the amount of plastic waste produced by the event.  Help us to be waste wise by remembering to bring your own bags and a refillable water bottle.



Experience sustainability, culture and creativity mixed with a relaxed island vibe. Hear from a diverse line-up of speakers, bands and special guests. Stroll the seaside markets with a freshly brewed coffee or get creative with the weaving circle. Educational nature tours and a huge range of family friendly activities will run until 4pm. Stay for the sunset and enjoy an evening of live original music by the bay at the High Tide stage. Don't forget a picnic blanket and cash to make the most of your island adventure.

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Markets open from 8:30am

9:45-10:00 OPENING CEREMONY - Sandbar Stage

10:00-10:30 WELCOME TO COUNTRY & SMOKING CEREMONY: Jahlow Walker Crew - Main Beach

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Inter-Island Transport

Passenger ferry transport to Karragarra from the other Southern Moreton Bay Islands (Alcheringa | Macleay, Canaipa | Russell and Ngudjuru | Lamb is, as always, free.  In addition to the regular Sunday ferry timetable, there will be a number of additional services throughout the day.  Times will be dependent on demand and availability of ferries and jetties throughout the day.  The first few have been scheduled and you can find times below. After these, the extra ferry will continue in a loop all day to service all the SMBI until 7.55pm.


Free Festival Barge

Cruise over to the Sea Market on SeaLink's free walk-on Festival Barge.  The 'Moreton Escape' will be transformed into a floating stage with performers on most legs so even your transport can be part of your festival entertainment.

High Tide Stage


Bring a picnic blanket to relax on the gentle slope at the High Tide stage as this is a chair-less venue.  If you need a break from carving up the dance floor that is!

Fat Picnic

6:15pm - 7:00pm

Fat Picnic

Fat Picnic is a soul-ska explosion that preaches punchy horn lines and bangin’ reggae beats - culminating in an energetic and infectious live show. Corrupted by an unquenchable lust for groove and outstanding noises, their music ranges across dub, funk, soul & ska. Simply put, there just ain’t no party like a Fat Picnic party!

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5:10pm - 5:55pm

Joe Geia Band

Geia is a renowned singer/songwriter, guitarist, didgeridoo player and influential figure in the development of contemporary Indigenous music. He writes music of bravery and beauty, telling of Aboriginal life in Australia, of the quest for justice and belonging, of history, family and love.

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4:10pm - 4:50pm

The Double Happiness

The Double Happiness are guaranteed to bring the party to your beach. Their signature Surf guitar licks and rumbling toms will have you up dancing on your beach blanket in every kind of tide.

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3:10pm - 3:50pm


Roots/reggae six-piece, Bearfoot are making a big splash on the Australian Roots scene with their sun-soaked- yet-dark modern take on roots, reggae & dub. Turning heads, and turning on eardrums wherever they go, Bearfoot’s highly-energetic, sweat-drenched live performances and knack for creating catchy melodies has earned them new fans all over the country.

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2:15pm - 2:50pm

Hugo Stranger & The Rattlers

Hugo Stranger & The Rattlers broke out in 2018, and were quick to make waves becoming well known for their high energy shows and multi genre styles, seamlessly weaving surf pop with foot stomping garage rock n roll and even alt country.

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12:15pm - 12:50pm

Mama Juju and the jam tarts

Unique multi instrumental women band. Stunning vocal harmonies. Quirky, folk, jazz, blues, pop/rock, exciting song arrangements, a touch of naughtiness and an infectious energy.

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Homeless Yellow

1:10pm - 1:45pm

Homeless Yellow

Homeless yellow are four piece cinematic rock band from Macleay Island. With members from diverse musical back grounds, the music from Homeless Yellow has hints of folk, metal, reggae and punk all wrapped in a rock acoustic guitar-driven vibe. From sleepy surf towns to bubbling cities, the music finds its way.

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Jon Jass

11:25am - 11:55am

Jon Jass Combo

Jon Jass Combo will be performing in 3-piece mode for the festival. Blues Harmonica man Tony Powell and Trumpeter Al Prestwood will join Jon to produce rich chords and slick riffs over Hot Jazz and popular ballads. Expect some hot solos on harp, scat vocal and horn. Have your sand-dancing feet ready.


10:35am - 11:05am

Honeyman Hopkins

Honeyman Hopkins and the Marooned Blues Band is a Russell Island based electric blues band. Members are: Harold "Honeyman" Berg on lead vocals and guitar, Oggon "Mr. O" Abbas on drums, and Erik "Lightning" Berg on bass. Each member has vast experience with many styles of music but it's the blues that brings them together.

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8:30am - 9:35am

The Smith Street Jazz Band

The Smith Street Jazz Band play traditional jazz and blues-based style, music to listen, dance and sing-along to old jazz favourites, many written way back in an historical musical era.
SSJB consists of Stephen on drums, Graham on trombone, Peter on trumpet, James on clarinet, Gary on guitar, Nik on double-bass, Ken on tenor sax, Krisie on piano and Katherine on vocals.

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Sandbar Stage


2:50pm - 3:40pm

Yoyo Tuki

Yoyo Tuki is an internationally acclaimed musician, artist and proud cultural ambassador from the most remote inhabited island in the world - Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Home of the colossal Moai stone statues.

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Gabe Phoenix Elvis Rising

1:55pm - 2:40pm

Gabe Phoenix Elvis Rising

Gabe Phoenix is an International Award-Winning Elvis Tribute Artist. His attention to detail, vocal prowess and remarkable stage presence has wowed audiences both locally and abroad.

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12:25pm - 1:00pm


 A Quandamooka nunukal – nugi woman from Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) & the Winnam/Manly area, Nix is a singer songwriter storyteller with a soulful folk/blues sound. She draws her inspiration from her culture and lived experience singing songs of love and loss.

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1:10pm - 1:45pm


Wanita is the queen of good time, honky tonk country rock who perceives the world through an autistic lens. Her turbulent life undoubtedly is what makes her person and music so raw and real. Her newly released album hosts a mix of Honky Tonk, Rockabilly, Rock’N’Roll and Country Music. It was recorded by Billy Yates & Larry Beaird at world-renowned Beaird Studios, Nashville.


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11:40am - 12:15pm


Kim Downs and Liz Hall-Downs have been performing together as musicians and as performance poets for almost thirty years. Their roots/blues/alt-country outfit, Swampfish, features guitar, 4-string tenor banjo, mandolin, autoharp and tight vocal harmonies.

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11:15am - 11:30am

Bay Island Fitness Kids

Our local junior dance troupe. With kids ranging from three to thirteen, they come together every week to have fun and keep active under the dedicated guidance of their leader Edith. Their routines are sure to put a smile on your faces!



10:35am - 11:10am

Ruben Reeves

Pure Tasmanian roots music from this human octopus. A drummer, bass player, a guitarist and a screaming poet all at the same time. No looper, nothing artificial, no tricks other than what you can see for yourself - he is a one-man show that sounds like a full band. A little of every genre, played acoustic and groovy.


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8:30am - 9:00am (roving)

9:00am - 9:35am (on stage)


Variety is the spice and they bring it nice. A little African, a bit of Samba, a hint of Middle Eastern, and tint of Latin. They're fun, and loud and love to see smiling faces and they're getting pretty good at that now they've been well seasoned blazing the festival circuit.

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Paperbark Place | Youth & Family Activities

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9:00am - 10:00am

Treasure Hunt and Nature Art

Little ones will use their senses to discover the ecosystem around them. Starting with a special treasure hunt through the trees, followed by making beautiful art from nature's textures.

Free. Suitable for ages 2-4 years, parent supervision required.

10:15am - 11:15am

Creative Writing Workshop 

What magical powers does a seed pod have? Join SMBI writer and community educator Melissa Archer for this interactive workshop exploring found objects and the mysteries they hold.

Free. Suitable for ages 8-12 years.

11:30am - 12:30pm

Bridezilla | Groomzilla | Godzilla

This is a fun, creative game for teams of five people. The challenge is to create the most outlandishly spectacular outfit, using newspaper, butchers paper and tape. Teams have an hour to cut, fold, sculpt and scrunch it together. The brides/grooms/godzillas will then show off their outfits in a fashion parade, with prizes for the best two designs. Get your team together and start designing!

Free. Suitable for ages 12+

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1:30pm - 2:30pm

Nature Walk with Listening to Country Meditation

Connect with nature and listen to the sounds of beautiful Karragarra Island on this gentle family-friendly walk through Paperbark Place. Our walk will include a Listening to Country Meditation to help you reground and rediscover your connection to nature.

Free. All-ages activity, however parent supervision required for children aged 12 and under.

All day

Cardboard Community

Let your imaginations and problem-solving skills run wild as you transform cardboard boxes into a living and breathing community!

Free. All-ages. 

All day

Mindful Colouring Activity

Take some time for your mind with local SMBI writer and illustrator VJ Cast, author of creative therapy journals for mental health and adult colouring books.

VJ will have a selection of gorgeous illustrations for people of all ages to sit down and colour in. Copies of her books will also be available to purchase.

Free. All-ages. 

Pelican Speakers Tent

10:35am - 11:25am

Hannah Moloney - Good Life Permaculture

Climate action & positive pathways forward

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Hannah Moloney is a permaculture educator, best-selling author, guest presenter on ABC's Gardening Australia and change maker. She has two decades of hands-on experience in designing, building, managing and doing projects around urban agriculture, small-scale farming, permaculture and community development – all towards building climate resilience.

11:30am - 12:20pm

1:50pm - 1:55pm (dance performance at the High Tide stage)

Dr. Kit Prendergast - The Bee Babette

The Buzz About How to Conserve Wild Bees

Kit Prendergast

Dr Kit, aka the Bee Babette, is a wild bee scientist. She studies the biodiversity of Australian native bees, and will share with you some things we can do to conserve them, as well as how to manage threats. The Bee Babette is also a circus performer, and combines her science with her circus in a marriage of SciArts to engage and enthrall audiences to get buzzy about wild bees.

12:25pm - 1:15pm

Daryl McPhee - Bond University

Environmental History & Ecology of Moreton Bay


Dr Daryl McPhee is Associate Professor of Environmental Science at Bond University and has spent much of his life fishing in Moreton Bay. In 2017 Dr McPhee published Environmental History and Ecology of Moreton Bay, which was nominated for the 2018 Queensland Literary Awards. He advises the Queensland, NSW and WA governments on a range of matters including fisheries management, fisheries economics, marine aquaculture and unprovoked shark bite.

1:20pm - 2:10pm

Valerie Pearson - Green Living Australia

Yoghurt Making - Dairy & Vegan


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Valerie has been a home cheesemaker, fermenter, and rampant foodie for over 35 years and has a passion for fresh, organic, homemade foods. The Green Living Australia business evolved from a need to create homemade, preservative-free, additive-free foods.  In this session, learn how to make long-fermented yoghurt from both dairy and plant-based milks. Discover why all-natural, home made yoghurt is much healthier than most store bought options.

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Kim Pound - CEO | Building Surveyor - KP Building Approvals

Michael Anderson - Service Manager Planning Assessment Redland City Council

Jane Holder - Planning Liaison Officer Redland City Council

Tim Barker - Sustainable home builder & former farm manager for the Permaculture Research Institute

From kits to containers - building on the islands


Rammed Earth Tim

First time builder and not sure where and how to begin? Kits to Containers is the perfect session for owner builders keen to construct a non-traditional home. Panellists Kim Pound, Michael Anderson and Jane Holder will be discussing the building process and procedures. It's Kim, Michael and Jane's aim to demystify the approval process. Local sustainable home builder, Tim Barker, will share his insights with his current rammed earth build. Tim has been involved with a number of non-traditional builds ranging from straw bale to earth infill. Come prepared with a pen, paper and your building and approval related questions.

4:00pm - end

Chris McGregor - Bay Islands Property

Bay Island Property Land Auction

Chris McGregor

Inspired after the Kits to Containers - building on the Islands session? Here's an opportunity to buy your piece of paradise and make your dream island home reality. Or for those keen to walk right in and put the feet up, there are a number of properties at auction that may fit the bill. Maybe you're not ready to buy but have never been to a housing auction, all are welcome and the properties are all online to view at: Auction Listings - Bay Islands Property

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Tim Barker

Appropriate Technologies


Tim Barker has come a long way since his days as a diesel fitter mechanic and now spends much of his time as a semi-professional pyromaniac and mad scientist teaching people how to burn stuff and make really cool machines and devices for low carbon living. He currently teaches appropriate technology in Australia through courses at Northey Street City Farm and other permaculture institutes.


Colin Harris & Jill Nixon

Fruit Fly Management - "Building an Augmentoria"


Colin is the first full time researcher to work on two specific parasitoid wasps which are the nemesis of Queensland fruit fly. Joining QUT in 2020 Colin has been conducting research on parasitoids in collaboration with AgriBio Victoria. He will be speaking about and demonstrating practical easy biological control measures for home gardeners based on current research to manage fruit fly.


Peter Rothlisberg - Queensland Wader Study Group

Shorebirds of Moreton Bay – Biology and Conservation

Peter Rothlisberg QWSG


Peter is currently a Post-retirement Research Fellow with CSIRO's Ocean & Atmosphere business unit on the UQ campus in St Lucia. He has a PhD in Biological Oceanography from Oregon State University. His interest in shorebirds has grown since moving to Australia. He is now the Secretary of the Queensland Wader Study Group (QWSG). His talk today will highlight some of the QWSG's findings and objectives of their shorebird monitoring program.

12.25pm - 13.15pm

Kim Quyen Nguyen

Fantastic Fungal Symbioses and Where to Find them

Kim Nguyen

From happy bees to healthy orchids, from the wellbeing of the most mighty trees to how well we digest our lunch .... many species of fungi pop up as necessary partners in the lives of an astounding diversity of plants and animals.  Let's put on our walking boots, grab the magnifying lens and go investigating the Kingdom of Fungi! Kim Q Nguyen has been an avid mycophile for over 15 years and is a member of The Queensland Myological Society.

1.20pm - 2.10pm

David Smith - Vice President of OzFish Central Moreton Bay Chapter

Shellfish Reefs of Moreton Bay

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Having worked 44 years in agricultural yield enhancement in Australia and New Zealand.  David Smith is a passionate recreational fisherman and is pleased to now play a pivotal role as a volunteer in the OzFish shellfish reef restoration project known as the Shellfish Revolution.

 2.15pm - 3.05pm

Al Prestwood & Tony Powell - SMBI Coastcare

Mangrove Monitoring & the Trialing of Drones

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Al and Tony are long term Russell Island residents and founding members of SMBI Coastcare. They share a passion for documenting and protecting our local ecosystems. Al comes from an engineering background and Tony has had a career in problem solving and prototype construction for stage and screen. Together they have developed systems for remotely monitoring the mangrove health through the use of a drone.

Tours & Workshops Program

Weaving Circle

10:30 - 1:30pm


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Join experienced weavers in a social setting to learn techniques for creating your own special items from natural fibres.


Workshop with Hannah Moloney

12:00pm - 12:45pm

Meet at Community Garden


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Learn about community sufficiency in this special hands-on session with Hannah.


Bushcare site walks

9am, 10am, 11am. Book and meet at information tent.

Bushcare site

See the beautiful little remnant of native habitat at the Karrawong Bushcare site and learn about the community efforts to maintain and preserve it.


Community Garden Tours

9am, 11am, 2pm. Book at information tent, meet at the Community Garden.

Community Garden

Get a guided insight into the highly successful Karragarra Community Garden. Some of the dedicated KCG volunteers will show you the delightful sights and tastes of their aesthetic and edible green space.

Family Bird Walk - Birds QLD (SMBI)

2pm. Book at information tent, meet at the Rural Fire Brigade Shed.

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Aimed at kids and their families, this 1 hour, 1.5 km short and educational walk will be full of fun facts about birds and where to see them in the SMBIs. Want to know  where the Brown Honeyeater got it's name, where Wood Ducks nest, how to tell the difference between a male and female Magpie and more. Bring binoculars if you can, or borrow ours (limited number).

Kayaking Tours



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Kayaking Macleay

Experience the Karragarra Sea Markets and the beauty of Karragarra from the water. These bite-sized guided tours have been planned especially for market day, and will highlight the history of the islands, as well as introduce you to some of Karragarra's unique flora and fauna. With an abundance of birds and marine species including dugong, dolphins, and several species of sea turtle around our islands, you never know what you might see.

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