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2023 Australian Wooden Boat Festival

The Australian Wooden Boat Festival is held every two years and the next one's coming up in February 2023. Hobart's historic waterfront will come alive with the colour and excitement of our rich maritime culture and history. 

Planning is underway for it and 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 craftspeople 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 International Wooden Boat Symposium and much, much more. The 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. 

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 brilliant program of entertainment in the Waterside Tavern.

We will be working with all health officials and State Government to produce this event in the best Covid-19 safe way and will follow all restrictions and guidelines at the time.