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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.

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Wooden Boats? Well, Not Exactly but…

Image:  Self-Portrait with Aurora Australis by Doug Thost   Did you know that the early history of exploration in Antarctica was dependent on wooden boats?  Long before the era of ice-strengthened hulls and powerful diesel turbines, heroic Antarctic explorers pitted wooden hulls and sails against the ferocious winds and crushing ice of the polar seas. […]

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Wright of Passage

A Herreshoff-designed 53-foot ketch built by Canadian tuna fisherman Douglas Baron in 1974 in Sidney, Vancouver, British Columbia will be featured at the 2019 MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival. Originally called the Mercator, the renamed Wright of Passage Mercator completed four Pacific Ocean crossings from Vancouver to Hong Kong and twice from Hong Kong to New Zealand. In […]

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Who’s It Going To Be?

It is an exciting exercise for each MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival – choosing the design for the festival poster.  The accumulated collection of festival posters from1994-2017 represents some of the finest colloquial artwork in Tasmania, as local artists contribute to the record.  The posters have come in many styles and formats and each one […]

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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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