FIREWORKS lit up the night sky over Nielson Park Beach as up to 4000 people enjoyed the celebrations at the Friendlies Cane2Coral beach barbecue and gala dinner.
Inside the newly expanded Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Clubhouse on Saturday night, Indulge Cafe catered the black tie gala dinner for 114 guests.
Outside, local families enjoyed market stalls, games and a beach barbecue.
But at 7pm all eyes turned to the sky for the MRH Lawyers Fireworks and Cane2Coral president Jason Pascoe said it was spectacular.
"It surpassed our expectations... kids were having a lot of fun on the various rides we had, making sandcastles and playing games," he said.
"The fireworks were spectacular, everyone was raving about how wonderful they were.
"Its just an absolutely superb spot to have fireworks because you've got the dark sky in the background and you're looking down onto the beach from the headland.
"The gala dinner went really well as well. The Surf Club and Shalom College kids were exceptional in helping to run the night."
Funds from the events will go towards supporting local charities.
"The Surf Club are a major beneficiary and we have donated to the oncology unit at the Friendlies Society Private Hospital and we donated to a lot of the schools that help out with the fun run," Mr Pascoe said.
There is still time to register as an individual or a team for the seventh annual Friendlies Cane2Coral Fun Run or Walk on August 7, head to www.cane2coral.com.au for all the details.