Australian Wooden Boat Festival

Held across Hobart’s vibrant and bustling waterfront, the four-day festival brings together the largest collection of wooden boats in the southern hemisphere. From its humble beginnings in 1994, it has grown to become the most significant event of its kind in Australia. This year marks the 375th anniversary of Abel Tasman’s landing on Tasmania which is why the festival will have a special Dutch theme!

Along with the exhibition of beautiful boats, the festival delivers a lively combination of local food, live entertainment, music, demonstrations and displays. Don’t miss the Maritime Marketplace at Princes Wharf No. 1, the exciting Children’s Circus School at Parliament House Lawns, the Tasmanian Fishing Industry display, the International Wooden Symposium, the Shipwrights Village and of course the wonderful display of classic and modern wooden boats across the waterfront.

A representative of the Dutch Embassy will be present at the Festival and Damen, one of our Holland Hub Australia members, is a major sponsor and participant. Also, don’t miss the exhibition ‘The Early Dutch Explorers’ at the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery. The exhibition (opening on 9 February) features some rare and beautiful examples of Dutch records, including Abel Tasman’s journal for the day he first sighted the island that would one day bear his name. The exhibition was made possible with cooperation of the Dutch National Archives and the Scheepvaartmuseum Amsterdam, and is sponsored by the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The festival will take place from the 10th until the 13th of February in Hobart, Tasmania.