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Welcome to the award-winning
MyState Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival

An exciting celebration of our nation’s rich maritime culture and one of the world’s most anticipated maritime events.

News & Updates


Message from the Chairman – August/September 2019

Changing the Guard: We at the MyState Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival have been extremely lucky to have Paul Cullen as our General Manager for many years.  He has overseen four of our festivals; two Antarctic Festivals – which AWBF was contracted to produce – and also the Tall Ships Festival.  As many readers would […]

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GM’s Log – August/September 2019

Well, we’ve sent off our submission to the Tasmanian Tourism Awards for AWBF 2019 and that’s a major pile of work off the desk.  Running to 12,500 words (and much as we’d like to let pictures tell the story, you are only allowed 25 of those) and 54 pages, it’s an extremely detailed investigation into […]

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Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival 6-8 September

Here’s what we wrote back in 2017, about the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival: Back in 1977, the northwest corner of the United States was a fertile stamping ground for many veterans of the counter culture that had flowered in the 60s and early 70s in the US. Communes, farms, experimental communities and festivals flourished […]

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Gefeliciteerd, Bert! (Goodonya, Mate – in Dutch)

Our good friend and teacher Bert van Baar led an enthusiastic team of Dutch boat builders, guests of the Wooden Boat Centre in Franklin, Tasmania for the 2017 MyState Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival.  They created a beautiful Dutch-design sailboat that was later auctioned to a very happy new owner on the festival site. Sponsors […]

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AWBF Presentation at The Tasmanian Club

The Chairman of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival Inc, Steve Knight OAM, was recently invited to give a presentation to the members of the Tasmanian Club, in recognition of the Festival, and its importance to Tasmania.  The presentation followed a wonderful dinner held in the main dining room of  the Club at 132 Macquarie Street in […]

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Naming Rights Sponsor

 

 

 

MyState Bank is the first naming rights sponsor of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival. MyState is a long-standing supporter of the Tasmanian community and the company’s sponsorship of the festival is a testament to its great commercial and cultural value. 

 

Principal Sponsor

Events Tasmania’s Major Event Partnerships Program provides funding to significant events that return substantial economic outcomes for our state. Events in this category play a big part in supporting Tasmania’s visitor economy.