Families flock to Ducks 4 Dollars on Newcastle harbour for Australia Day 

NEWCASTLE surf lifesaving clubs and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service raised $50,000 during the weekend through their annual fund-raising drive Ducks 4 Dollars.

Thousands turned out to watch the race in Newcastle Harbour on Australia Day in balmy conditions.

First prize in the Duck 4 Dollars race was won by Mr Porters, who took home $1500.

The $1000 second prize was won by G. Merchant and the third-place $500 prize was won by Tim Burns.

The Junction Hotel won the corporate duck race.

Hunter Surf Life Saving chief executive officer Rhonda Scruton said she was impressed by many of the surf clubs' efforts.

Merewether Surf Club raised $14,000 alone, while Newcastle raised $6000.

Katelyn Seage, aged 12, with Grant Seage, Declan Miller, aged 11, and Fiona Miller, all from Mayfield.

Katelyn Seage, aged 12, with Grant Seage, Declan Miller, aged 11, and Fiona Miller, all from Mayfield.

Zayne (7), Raychel, Kade (3) and Marty Reiman from Valentine.

Zayne (7), Raychel, Kade (3) and Marty Reiman from Valentine.

Christine Frail, Steven Frail, aged 6, with Damian Frail, aged 9, and Peter Frail, from Caves Beach.

Christine Frail, Steven Frail, aged 6, with Damian Frail, aged 9, and Peter Frail, from Caves Beach.

Ducks 4 Dollars main event - the little ducks head towards the finish line.

Ducks 4 Dollars main event - the little ducks head towards the finish line.

Abbey and Jessica Scott, aged 12, with Brett Scott, from Valentine.

Abbey and Jessica Scott, aged 12, with Brett Scott, from Valentine.

The corporate red duck race at Duck 4 Dollars.

The corporate red duck race at Duck 4 Dollars.

Jakoby Hunter, aged 6, with his brothers Baily and Kaidyn, aged 5, all from Raymond Terrace.

Jakoby Hunter, aged 6, with his brothers Baily and Kaidyn, aged 5, all from Raymond Terrace.

Nobbys Surf Life Saving Club volunteer Zach Donnelly helps out with the Duck 4 Dollars race in Newcastle harbour.

Nobbys Surf Life Saving Club volunteer Zach Donnelly helps out with the Duck 4 Dollars race in Newcastle harbour.

Crows gather in anticapation of the might bird race - Ducks 4 Dollars.

Crows gather in anticapation of the might bird race - Ducks 4 Dollars.