The MyState Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival is held every two years and the next one’s coming up from 8-11 February 2019. 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 Blundstone Shipwright’s Village, the Maritime Marketplace, the Children’s Circus School, the Australian National Maritime Museum 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 National Maritime Museum’s 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 Blundstone 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 Ironhouse Waterside Tavern and Beer Garden.
For last minute accommodation, check in with our partners at TasVacations for local advice and hard-to-find options.