BEACH FUN: Sarah Reeves, Aimee Bartlett, Bev Marston and Philippa McPhail get set for the Rockhampton River Fest Photo Trinette Stevens / Morning Bulletin
BEACH FUN: Sarah Reeves, Aimee Bartlett, Bev Marston and Philippa McPhail get set for the Rockhampton River Fest Photo Trinette Stevens / Morning Bulletin Trinette Stevens

75 tonnes of sand used for River Fest's temporary beach

SARAH Reeves wants to give everybody the chance to feel the beach beneath their toes; and she's doing it with 75 tonnes of sand.

The manager regional promotions at the Rockhampton Regional Council unloaded the umbrella stands yesterday for the Sandy Pauper Beach featured in the upcoming Rockhampton River Festival.

Sarah said the load of sand for the temporary beach installment was expected to arrive on Wednesday.

"Pink Lily Sands has donated the sand that we will be using... they said they were happy to get on board with the festival," she said.

"It is really high-grade beach sand, so over Wednesday and Thursday we will have a team of volunteers coming in to make it look like a beach."

The Sandy Pauper beach will run along Quay St to William St.

Sarah said the beach was thought of with family in mind.

"The beach area is free family entertainment but we have also set it up so mum and dad can have a drink while the kids are enjoying themselves," she said.

"Particularly the young kids, there's really not a lot of events geared towards the younger crowd so we are really excited about this."

Littering the temporary beach will be beach balls, umbrellas and assorted food caravans.

Dan and Steph from My Kitchen Rules will even be around cooking up some snazzy snags on the barbecue.

The Rockhampton River Festival starts on Thursday, July 9, at 4pm and runs until 4pm on Sunday, July 12. Most events are free and tickets for paid programs can be purchased on the website.