Hobart and the Australian Wooden Boat Festival

October 6, 2016

Dates for the Hobart Wooden Boat Festival

We thought we’d announce the dates for the Hobart Wooden Boat Festival, which happens every 2 years, and its taking place in February next year (2017) on the 10th – 13th February.

We’ll already be in Tassie at that time because we’re setting off on our Tasmania Escorted Tour so we’ll get to witness the historic waterfront come alive with colour and excitement of the countries rich maritime culture and history.


There are lots of eatery’s with great views at Sullivan’s Cove. Image courtesy Tourism Australia. Photography Sean Fennessy

If you head down to Sullivan’s Cove from Hunter St to Princes Wharf and Castray Esplanade, you’ll get to experience Tasmania’s favourite summer festival. You’ll be able to take a cruise, board a tall ship, snap up some fresh shell fish and listen to live music over the 4 days of this festival.

On display will be hundreds of wooden boats from classic sailboats to magnificent tall ships, rugged working boats to superbly detailed models. Walk among the crowds and have a chance to speak with the owners, builders, crafts people and sailors of these magnificent vessels.

The MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival is the largest wooden boat festival in the Southern hemisphere and admission is FREE! So if you’re in Hobart at this time it’ll be hard to miss this event.

Parking for your camper in and around Hobart

There are a few options for parking your motorhome in Hobart but some may be restricted at this busy time. You might want to check with the tourist information ahead of time (Tasmanian Travel & Information Centre. Phone: (03) 6238 4222 )

  • There is outdoor parking on Evans Street, just north of Sullivans Cove near Hobarts Freight Terminal and that’s $8 all-day parking.
  • Right next to Salamanca Square, you’ll find Montpelier Retreat (in Battery Point) on the south side of Sullivans Cove. You can park here for $12 a day.
  • You will also find suitable metered outdoor parking around the Wharf Area too.

If you’re interested in picking up a campervan hire in Tassie next year, then get in touch with us and we can help you find the best deal or you can check out vehicle options here.

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