Held in the Dechaineux Theatre on historic Hunter Street, the Australian Maritime Museum Wooden Boat Symposium presents an impressive line up of professionals and enthusiasts sharing their love of wooden boats and expertise on the topic. Topics will range from maritime history, restoration of wooden boats, Australian builders and designers to indigenous watercraft.


The jam packed program will feature maritime leaders including David Payne from NSW (Australian Indigenous Watercraft), Len Randell from WA (Rugged and other wooden boat designs from WA), Bill Wright from QLD (Boats of Norman Wright & Sons) and more. This festival the symposium will highlight the designers and builders from around Australia, and punters will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the speakers. 

The theatre style sessions will run over two days during the festival and entry is free *spaces are limited*. 


Full program to come. 

The Australian National Maritime Museum have been partners for the Wooden Boat Symposium for several festivals, promoting wooden boat culture and conversations. The Australian National Maritime Museum is the national centre for maritime collections, exhibitions, experiences and knowledge, custodians of historic vessels and the cultural hub for stories and heritage. We are proud to partner with Australian National Maritime Museum to bring you the Australian National Maritime Museum Wooden Boat Symposium.