MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival

Set Sail For Hobart: MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2017

Due to its geographical location, Tasmania has a proud maritime history. From early Dutch explorers to the first pioneers, sail boats have been transporting people and goods to the Apple Isle for hundreds of years. From 10 – 13 February 2017, boat enthusiasts and history lovers will have the chance to celebrate this important heritage at the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival held on the Hobart waterfront. Admission is free.

Mt Wellington (Kunanyi) view over Hobart

Mt Wellington (Kunanyi) view over Hobart

Waterfront Entertainment

A lively attraction at any time of the year, Tasmania’s working waterfront becomes a hive of excitement and entertainment during the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival. On Friday afternoon, the festival opens with the spectacular Parade of Sail where you can find great spots to view the flotilla along the Derwent.

As befits a festival set on the water, there will be lots of hotly contested boating competitions. Rowing and yacht races in different classes take place over the weekend with Australian and international teams participating.

Over the four days, you can indulge in superb local foods and beverages with Tasmania’s famous seafood being a major feature of many menus. Lively performances from dozens of poets, singers, orchestras, circus performers and actors can be seen in various venues around the precinct. Take a cruise, clamber aboard a tall ship or even sail model boats.

Wooden Boat Festival Hobart

Wooden Boat Festival Hobart

International Presence

Part of the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival’s appeal is simply the chance to listen to craftspeople and boat owners who truly relish sharing their knowledge and stories. Many exhibitors and symposium presenters come from overseas, including places such as Indonesia.

The 2017 festival will also have special displays and presentations from Dutch devotees. There will be an exhibition outlining Abel Tasman’s journey to Tasmania’s west coast in 1642 and the amazing seafaring feats of the Dutch East India Company. Visitors will be able to view a collection of small Dutch sailing vessels called tjotters which hail from times when waterways were the main means of transport. Incredibly, a team of Dutch shipwrights plan to arrive just before Christmas to start construction of a six-metre sailboat and launch it at the festival.

Hobart Town

Hobart is a city which has come of age. One of Australia’s most picturesque capitals, it has become a hub of culture and cosmopolitan sophistication. Book your accommodation early so that you can participate in this colourful festival and explore the myriad of delights that Hobart has to offer.

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