Australian Wooden Boat Festival: 10th - 13th February 2023
Celebrate wonderful wooden vessels and their custodians across the entire waterfront area of Sullivan's Cove.
We aim to expand our fleet of boats ashore for 2023 by introducing new spaces around the waterfront. We will feature Australian Dinghy Designs and showcase beautiful Model Boats and Boats-in-Bottles.
The biggest drawcard for locals and visitors. In 2023, we expect to see approximately 10 local and interstate Tall Ships berthed across Sullivan's Cove. Sailings will be offered, in addition to open boat tours.
Parade of Sail & On Water Activities
In 2023, we will host the famous Parade of Sail opening event, a showcase of 200+ wooden boats sailing across the River Derwent to enter the Festival site. Additionally, we will host the Derwent World Championships, the Ketch Review and a Power Boat Race!
Known historically as the home of wooden boats, the area will host boats afloat, as well as traditional Festival activities such as Parbuckling, Fly-Fishing demonstrations and the popular Quick N Dirty Challenge.
Boat Builders of Australia
Celebrating current and bygone boat builders of Australia, this large and curated display will be representative of each state and territory.
The Shipwright's Village is one of the most popular programs on the site, and features the extraordinary people behind wonderful wooden boats. The 2023 Village will also boast Living Restorations, a Small Stages Program and a Wood to Waves Project.
Following a successful trial at the Maritime Trail 2022, the Noisy Boatyard will come alive with a series of half day, full day, and multi-day courses. Under the tutelage of a skilled Shipwright, lucky students have the opportunity to make and take home their own handcrafted maritime object.
Wooden Boat Symposium
A scintillating series of presentations, debates, panel discussions, story-telling and films that speak to the nautical world we love. Local and interstate guests will discuss everything from boating simulators to building wooden surfboards.
Everything you need for your boat and more. With over 80 stallholders, find your new wet-weather jacket, or bronze portholes, or even your new boat engine! The Maritime Marketplace is unofficially voted one of the best commercial displays in Australia.
Quick N Dirty
See enthusiastic school groups build and decorate their own wooden vessel during the Festival, culminating in an exhilarating race at Consitution Dock. This is one of the most popular events during the Festival weekend — think flour and water bombs, and a super fun-filled dock!
Food & Beverage
Our carefully curated stalls will bring you Tassie's freshest and finest local and organic produce — a foodies bounty not to be missed.
TASMANIAN SEAFOOD INDUSTRY COUNCIL - Seafood Kitchen
Learn to hunt, gather and cook at the TSIC Seafood Kitchen with live demonstrations and activities. A 4 day program of celebrity chefs and local fisherman.
Little Sailors Village
Watch Parliament House Lawns transform into a wonderland of wooden boat fun for kids, with plenty of grassy space to run around or just sit back and relax. Dress as a pirate and watch the My First Boat team complete their crafts.
Music, Theatre & Entertainment
Carried by the wind, sea shanties and nautical notes will be heard unfurling across the Festival precinct. The 2023 Program will be big, colourful and bright, with free live entertainment and ticketed events in some pretty special venues.
Indigenous Watercraft of Tasmania
This project expands upon previous AWBF success working with Sheldon Thomas, Tasmanian Aboriginal man and leading Tasmanian Indigenous canoe builder.
Vintage Steam Village
The Hobart Vintage Machinery Society delight onlookers with steam engines, outboard engines and diesel engines.
A comfortable indoor venue with various maritime arts/craft programming and workshops throughout the day. Think nautical films, stories, presentations and performances. A place to relax.