Australian Wooden Boat Festival
The Australian Wooden Boat festival is held across Hobart’s vibrant and bustling waterfront, the four-day festival brings together the largest and most beautiful collection of wooden boats in the southern hemisphere. From its humble beginnings in 1994, it has grown to become the most significant event of its kind in Australia. Don't miss out on this fantastic event.
The MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival is held every two years and the next one's coming up from 10-13 February 2017. Hobart's historic waterfront will come alive with the colour and excitement of our rich maritime culture and history.
You will see hundreds of wooden boats, from magnificent tall ships to classic sailboats, rugged working boats to superbly detailed models. You'll have a chance to talk to the owners and builders, the crafts people and sailors, and shipwrights who still practice traditional skills every day.
There's a vibrant program of entertainment and fun, special guests, brilliant Tasmanian food and drink, demonstrations, races and displays. You can visit the Shipwright's Village, the Maritime Marketplace, the Children's Circus School, the International Wooden Boat Symposium and much, much more. The MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival is the largest wooden boat festival in the Southern Hemisphere and admission is entirely free!
The Festival takes in the whole of Sullivan's Cove from Hunter St to Princes Wharf and Castray Esplanade. Hobart's working waterfront is right in the middle of the central business district with a great range of hotels, apartments,cafes and pubs right on the doorstep. Take a cruise, board a tall ship, snap up a fresh crayfish or listen to some great live music in the Waterside Tavern. It's all on for four wonderful days at Tasmania's favourite summer festival.
The festival opens with the glorious Parade of Sail on Friday afternoon and continues straight through the long weekend (Monday is a local public holiday in Hobart). The International Wooden Boat Symposium will present expert international and Australian speakers. The Maritime Marketplace hosts more than 80 exhibitors of hard-to-find maritime kit and boat building displays. The Shipwright’s Village celebrates the traditional skills and tools still used today in Tasmania's artisan shipyards. Don't miss the Tasmanian Fishing Industry Display at Victoria Dock and of course the brilliant program of entertainment in the Waterside Tavern.
For an overview of what the Festival features, you can download the 2015 Official Festival Program here. http://www.australianwoodenboatfestival.com.au The program for the 2017 event will be available on our website in late 2016. If you have questions in the meantime, just call us on (03) 6223 3375.