Lake Macquarie Festival wins Australia Day crowd approval and labelled "the best" yet.

Pretty in blue Kayla Smith, 13, Edgeworth, and sister Alyssa, 16, at the Lake Macquarie Festival, Speers Point on Australia Day.
Pretty in blue Kayla Smith, 13, Edgeworth, and sister Alyssa, 16, at the Lake Macquarie Festival, Speers Point on Australia Day.
Tanya Hood of Cardiff Sout at the Lake Macquarie Festival, Speers Point on Australia Day.

Tanya Hood of Cardiff Sout at the Lake Macquarie Festival, Speers Point on Australia Day.

Jacko Harris of Edgeworth and a mate enjoy the Radiators at the Lake Macquarie Festival, Speers Point on Australia Day.

Jacko Harris of Edgeworth and a mate enjoy the Radiators at the Lake Macquarie Festival, Speers Point on Australia Day.

Shalyn Smith, 14, of Kurri Kurri and Chloe Whitson, 15, Kurri Kurri at the Lake Macquarie Festival, Speers Point on Australia Day.

Shalyn Smith, 14, of Kurri Kurri and Chloe Whitson, 15, Kurri Kurri at the Lake Macquarie Festival, Speers Point on Australia Day.

Ann Grimshaw of Cardiff South embracing the flag at the Lake Macquarie Festival, Speers Point on Australia Day.

Ann Grimshaw of Cardiff South embracing the flag at the Lake Macquarie Festival, Speers Point on Australia Day.

I was a family day for Karl Dietrich of Cardiff South with Jakob Miller-Dietrich, 10, Johnathan James, 7, Tahlia Miller-Dietrich and Vanessa Miller at the Lake Macquarie Festival, Speers Point on Australia Day.

I was a family day for Karl Dietrich of Cardiff South with Jakob Miller-Dietrich, 10, Johnathan James, 7, Tahlia Miller-Dietrich and Vanessa Miller at the Lake Macquarie Festival, Speers Point on Australia Day.

The Radiatiors' mosh-pit at the Lake Macquarie Festival, Speers Point on Australia Day.

The Radiatiors' mosh-pit at the Lake Macquarie Festival, Speers Point on Australia Day.

Bones Bamford of Warners Bay with Jake Mayo of Edgeworth, Dean Lewis of Barnsely and his daughter Bonnie, 5, (front) Brooke Mayo of Edgeworth with mum Tracey, Jenna Lewis of Barnsley and Morgan Jackson of Warners Bay at the Lake Macquarie Festival, Speers Point on Australia Day.

Bones Bamford of Warners Bay with Jake Mayo of Edgeworth, Dean Lewis of Barnsely and his daughter Bonnie, 5, (front) Brooke Mayo of Edgeworth with mum Tracey, Jenna Lewis of Barnsley and Morgan Jackson of Warners Bay at the Lake Macquarie Festival, Speers Point on Australia Day.

Ken Hartley of Windale with Gary Nicholls of Windale, Michael Bailey of Windale, Dane Hanman of Warners Bay, (middle) Maree Gartan of Windale, Porsha Hanman of Warners Bay, Trish Yates of Windale, (front) Lorraine Moore of Speers Point, Saffron George of Warmers Bay and Marie Fraser of Speers Point at the Lake Macquarie Festival, Speers Point on Australia Day.

Ken Hartley of Windale with Gary Nicholls of Windale, Michael Bailey of Windale, Dane Hanman of Warners Bay, (middle) Maree Gartan of Windale, Porsha Hanman of Warners Bay, Trish Yates of Windale, (front) Lorraine Moore of Speers Point, Saffron George of Warmers Bay and Marie Fraser of Speers Point at the Lake Macquarie Festival, Speers Point on Australia Day.

Jordan Simpson of Cardiff with Rochelle Simpson of Cardiff at the Lake Macquarie Festival, Speers Point on Australia Day

Jordan Simpson of Cardiff with Rochelle Simpson of Cardiff at the Lake Macquarie Festival, Speers Point on Australia Day

Flag Fans The McGhees of Rathmines – twins Holly and Michelle, 10, with mum Paige - at the Lake Macquarie Festival, Speers Point on Australia Day

Flag Fans The McGhees of Rathmines – twins Holly and Michelle, 10, with mum Paige - at the Lake Macquarie Festival, Speers Point on Australia Day

Lake Macquarie Festival at Speers Point on Australia Day attracted a flotilla of boats, many decorated in the nation's colours.

Lake Macquarie Festival at Speers Point on Australia Day attracted a flotilla of boats, many decorated in the nation's colours.

SOME revellers claimed it was "the best" Lake Macquarie festival they'd ever been to.

This was the feedback given to Lake Macquarie council staff by local citizens on their way home from the Lake Macquarie Festival on Sunday.

Held at Speers Point Park on Australia Day, the annual family-friendly event is an important day on the calendar for many families in the region.

There was no shortage of colour, with some people bearing red-and-blue umbrella hats, and others Australian flags.

More than 5000 people came during the day, and another 10,000 turned up to enjoy the evening concert featuring Jon English and The Radiators.

For most this was the highlight of the day, however, the amusement rides, market stalls and a movie on the big screen kept children entertained while families picnicked by the water.

A brilliant display of fireworks capped the day off about 9pm.

This year, the Lake Macquarie Farmers Markets were held as usual on Saturday. Organisers said it helped them off to a great start to 2014, with many people attending both events.

A council spokesperson said given the positive feedback, there were no plans to change the festival next year.