Australian Wooden Boat Festival: 10th - 13th February 2023
The 2023 Australian Wooden Boat Festival is a FREE 4 DAY FESTIVAL held across the beautiful Hobart Waterfront. From boats afloat to boats ashore, talks, exhibitions, films, music, demonstrations and family friendly activities — there's something to float everyone's boat! And it's all FREE! But perhaps you're after a little extra to add to your free Festival experience? Click on the button below to explore the depths of maritime culture with AWBF & Partner ticketed events.
What's On 2023
Parade of Sail & On Water Activities
The famous Parade of Sail opening event kicks off at midday Friday with a showcase of 200+ wooden boats sailing across the River Derwent to enter the Festival site. You'll also be able to view the spectacular Derwent World Championships, the Ketch Review and more!
Clennett's Mitre 10 Quick N Dirty Boat Building Challenge
See enthusiastic school groups build and decorate their own wooden vessel during the Festival, culminating in an exhilarating race at Constitution Dock. This is one of the most popular events during the Festival weekend — think flour and water bombs, and a super fun-filled dock!
Food & Beverage
Head to our pop-up Waterside Tavern to wet your whistle and be entertained. Carefully curated stalls will bring you Tassie's freshest and finest local and organic produce — a foodies bounty not to be missed. Think rum, oysters and fresh fish.
The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel Little Sailors Village
Watch Parliament House Lawns transform into a wonderland of wooden boat fun for kids, free entertainment, and plenty of grassy space to run around or just sit back and relax. Dress as a pirate and watch the My First Boat team complete their crafts.
Vintage Diving Display
Tasmanian Vintage Diving Group, showcasing the historical art of vintage diving with all the gear. A fascinating process, to be demonstrated four times a day during the Festival at Watermans Dock. Not to be missed!