Australian Wooden Boat Festival looks set to be Huge! #TasmaniaArchive Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
Planning for the 10th MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival in the Tasmanian capital of Hobart is now well underway with promises of a bigger and better event than ever before. The dates to block out in your diary, so you can be part of this magnificent maritime spectacle, are Friday 8 to Monday 11 February 2013. Historical Hobart with its restored dockside warehouses and vast waterfront promenade, overlooked by snow-capped Mt Wellington provides the perfect setting for a wooden boat festival.
Last year’s festival attracted more than 600 boats and 150 000 spectators. Being the 10th Australian Wooden Boat Festival, the 2013 event is a milestone worthy of celebration. No wonder the Australian Wooden Boat Festival is the biggest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere!
Hobart’s beautiful, historic waterfront is a picture every day of the year but the festival adds a vibrancy that simply has to be experienced. The wharves and docks around Sullivans Cove, from the mellow sandstone buildings adjacent to the Macquarie Wharves right around to the recently renovated Princes Wharf, are afloat with wooden boats of all shapes, sizes and descriptions. And these are complemented by numerous maritime displays; fabulous themed entertainment and Tasmania’s finest fare for you to dine upon when hunger and thirst take over from the intrinsic joys of simply being there and soaking up the atmosphere.
In the Shipwright’s Village you can watch master craftsmen demonstrate traditional skills, many of which are still practice daily in Tasmania’s renowned boat-building industry. Here you can learn new skills, meet some of the most knowledgeable and experienced mariners in Australia and appreciate many beautiful examples of marine craftsmanship.
But what sets the Australian Wooden Boat Festival apart for all those who attend is the warm and welcoming nature of the Tasmanian hosts. Tasmanians are an island people with a rich maritime history and a genuine affinity with all mariners. The Australian Wooden Boat Festival benefits from this historical maritime ‘kinship’ by being inclusive and welcoming of all boating enthusiasts.
This is an event that wooden boat enthusiasts can’t afford to miss. Make your plans today to drop into Hobart in February.
Festival Dates 8 – 11 February 2013
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