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The MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival is held every two years and the next one's coming up from 6-9 February 2015. Hobart's historic waterfront will come alive with the colour and excitement of our rich maritime culture and history.
You will see hundreds of wooden boats, from magnificent tall ships to classic sailboats, rugged working boats to superbly detailed models. You'll have a chance to talk to the owners and builders, the craftspeople and sailors, and shipwrights who still practice traditional skills every day.
There's a vibrant program of entertainment and fun, special guests, brilliant Tasmanian food and drink, demonstrations, races and displays. You can visit the Shipwright's Village, the Maritime Marketplace, the MyState Children's Village, the Seafood Market and much, much more. The MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival is the largest wooden boat festival in the Southern Hemisphere and admission is entirely free!
The Festival takes in the whole of Sullivan's Cove from Hunter St to Princes Wharf and the Castray Esplanade. Hobart's working waterfront is right in the middle of the CBD with a great range of hotels, apartments, cafes and pubs right on the doorstep. Take a cruise, board a tall ship, snap up a fresh crayfish or listen to some great live music in the Wooden Boat Tavern. It's all on for four wonderful days at Tasmania's favourite summer festival.
The festival opens with the glorious Parade of Sail on Friday afternoon and continues straight through the long weekend (Monday is a local public holiday in Hobart). The Australian Wooden Boat Symposium will present expert speakers from the UK and US, the Maritime Marketplace hosts 60 stalls of hard-to-find maritime kit and the boat building displays celebrate the traditional skills and tools still used today in Tasmania's artisan shipyards.