Hobart’s Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2017

Don’t miss one of Hobart’s most loved festivals

Hobart’s Wooden Boat Festival has steadily grown since 1994, now hosting the southern hempisphere’s largest gathering of wooden boats and remains the only event of its kind in the country. Over 550 boats will participate in 2017, drawing together boat builders, enthusiasts and tourists alike.

Don’t miss the Bludstone Big Log project: watch as a team of Tasmanian bullocks deliver a huge log to Shipwrights’ Village, then watch craftsmen break it down using only hand tools and traditional skills to make useful ship-building timber. With axe and adze, saw and lathe, see how boats were built in early days in Van Dieman’s Land. You can also watch our modern Tasmanian boat-builders practice their ancient craft.

Of course, being held in Tasmania, the event plays host to stalls of local food and wine that showcase the region’s best produce and artisans.

Head to Hobart from the 10th-13th February 2017. Most events and displays very close to the Grand Old Duke in Battery Point and along the Hobart Waterfront so plan your accommodation to suit. 

There’s also entertainment for kids, a parade of sailboats lead by the tall ships as they sail up the Derwent River and much more on offer over the 4 days. Find out more about the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival here or download the program here.

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