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Welcome to the award-winning
MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival

An exciting celebration of our nation’s rich maritime culture and one of the world’s most anticipated maritime events.

News & Updates

Letter from the Chairman – September 2018

The countdown has begun – we do not have long to go now, until the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival, 2019! As I sit down to write this message, I have just returned from at one of the local slip yards, where I happened to talk to some fellows who were working on one of […]

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GM’s Log – September 2018

If you were out and about on the Hobart waterfront on the first weekend in August, you would have seen a lot of familiar faces from the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival. AWBF volunteers were out in force to deliver the 2018 Australian Antarctic Festival on behalf of the Mawson’s Huts Foundation.  The festival celebrated […]

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Tawe Nunnugah – The Raid

Tawe nunnugah is local Aboriginal dialect for ‘going by canoe’ and that’s exactly what’s involved in an adventure timed to precede the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival every two years. Co-ordinator Martin Riddle explains how it works: Southern Tasmanian small-boat Raid 2019 (tn19) What better way to warm up for the 2019 Australian Wooden Boat […]

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Headed for Hobart

We are delighted that a team of experienced American boat builders, under the direction of master boat builder Sean Koomen, will be arriving before Christmas to commence a build of the classic Haven 12.5 in the boat-mad town of Franklin on the Huon River south of Hobart.  The team, hand-picked from scores of applicants, are […]

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Build It, Use It, Show It, Talk About It

It’s great to have so many interstate visitors and international guests flock to Hobart for the biennial MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival, but it’s also important to remember why it belongs here in Tasmania.  Simply put, Tasmania is an island and it has been all about boats for a very long time now. There is […]

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Naming Rights Sponsor

MyState Bank is the first naming rights sponsor of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival. MyState is a long-standing supporter of the Tasmanian community and the company’s sponsorship of the festival is a testament to its great commercial and cultural value. 


Principal Sponsor

Events Tasmania’s Major Event Partnerships Program provides funding to significant events that return substantial economic outcomes for our state. Events in this category play a big part in supporting Tasmania’s visitor economy.

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