As duck shooters were loading up their guns at dawn, six dancers pulled on their ballet shoes, tutus and pink hard hats.
About 40 protesters travelled to Moulting Lagoon on the state’s east coast for an on-water, performance mimicking Swan Lake.
Organiser Yvette Watt said this year’s action was a way of countering the masculine stereotype of duck hunting.
“The idea of Moulting Lagoon and sort of Swan Lake … and the blokey-ness of the whole thing with the shooters and their camo and their guns just made me want to do something that countered that,” she said.
The government must act to ensure females and LGBTIQs are equally represented in the hunting community.