The Island – Kanak Beach Village

The Island – Kanak Beach Village

New for 2019! For the first time ever, Circular Quay will be transformed into an Island beach village for 4 full days and nights

Beach sand, Island Bar, Coconut beach huts, fish BBQ, palm trees, beach chairs & tropical cocktails. Take your sunnies out, Bastille Festival is transforming East Circular Quay into a New Caledonian Beach Village.

Just like Parisians have experienced the “Paris Plage” (understand “Paris-Beach) phenomenon, popping-up along the banks of the river Seine, Sydney-siders are about to welcome a Kanak beach village on Circular Quay during the Bastille Festival. Set on the eastern side of the promenade, between the ferry terminal and the Opera House, this beach village is about to become Sydney new sensation. Sip on a coconut cocktail, bury your toes in the sand and watch fire twirlers making the show.

Inspired by the Kanak culture of the French New Caledonia Island, this beach village will see sand transforming the Quay. Cocktail bar, Island food, music, umbrellas and beach chair to chill around the palm trees. Think island BBQ: prawns & pineapple skewers or roasted pork with coconut glaze. And if you’re thirsty a Kanak bar serving tropical rums with vanilla from Lifou, fresh coconut & pineapple cocktails – or even serving a cu-rated selection of French rosés and sparkling wines. After all, New Caledonia is FRENCH.

If you feel like entertaining yourself, they also have Coconut Pétanque – A unique take on the French game of pétanque, similar to Australian lawn bowls.

KOI and Messina are joining the beach party

If you’re looking at treating yourselves with a tsunami of sweet delicacies, no worries – We’ve got your back with Messina and KOI creating especially for the occasion ice creams and cakes in the flavour of the French island.

Expect tropical dessert from another world by KOI and “Noumea-Style” Ice-Creams to re-fresh your Cast Away journey on the Island.

A forgotten locked pirate chest is sitting on the Island… Get ready to embark on a unique Treasure Hunt.

AHOY MATEY! As an island wouldn’t be an island without mysterious treasures stories, the Bastille team has prepared a giant treasure hunt for brave hearts all around Circular Quay and the Rocks. One chest that can only be opened by Sydney’s worthiest adventurer. If you don’t make it till the end there is still many rewards to be won along the way. Don’t forget your shovel and embark your pirate crew for an epic journey on the paths of New Caledonia.

Board this unique adventure at the Aircalin counter, grab your boarding pass and your treasure map revealing 5 spots you will explore. At each spot, a trial challenging your skills and brain will await you. Show determination, courage and team spirit and you might be the one unlocking the island treasure.

Make Circular Quay your Playground this winter, if age doesn’t matter and anyone can win still show no mercy or you’ll end up walking the plank. (Free entry – Limited number


What (Quoi)
The Island Village

When (Quand)
Thursday, 11 July 2019: (10am – 11pm)
Friday, 12 July 2019: (10am – 11pm)
Saturday, 13 July 2019: (10am – 11pm)
Sunday, 14 July 2019: (9am – 9pm)

Where (Où)
East Circular Quay

How Much (Combien)
Free entry





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