DAVY Jones’ Locker was unlocked on Sunday with hundreds of pirates, young and old, sailing into Coal Creek on Sunday for the annual Pirates Day. Sailors from far and wide travelled for the fifth annual event, which was marked as the “most successful yet” at the Korumburra landmark. The day included a treasure hunt for the young pirates, family games and prizes for the best dressed pirates. Pirates could also buy and then decorate a model boat, which were then launched on the Coal Creek Lake before the Battle of the Pirate Ships extravaganza.
The Amazing Captain Twist was also on hand for the fun, doing a number of live magic shows across the day to appreciative audiences. Rowena Ashley from Coal Creek said the event attracted around 700 people. “We have had a fantastic response to the event this year, it has been our most successful yet,” Ms Ashley said. “We have had a lot of local people come through but also people from as far as Ballarat come down for the day; we have been getting some wonderful feedback too. “Other businesses from around the area are jumping on board as well, like the RACV Resort in Inverloch, who are alerting people who are staying with them that there are things like this to do in the area.”
The Pirate Day is one of many various events which are sure to attract huge numbers to the historical village in the coming months. Among the attractions will be the Anne Frank Exhibition and the annual Halloween event. The Anne Frank ‘A History for Today’ Exhibition will run from October 19 to December 22 while Halloween at Coal Creek will be held on October 26. “We are selling tickets for Halloween and have sold a lot already; we had over 5000 people through the gates last year,” Ms Ashley said.