A guide to the Wooden Boat Festival in Launceston

All That Floats

Don’t knock it just because it’s wood, we say, head to Hobart instead for a spectacular boat festival.

The Australian Wooden Boat Festival, February 6 to 9, is a four-day celebration of maritime culture and craftsmanship in Tasmania. It will feature more than 500 wooden vessels of all shapes and sizes, including what may well be Australia’s oldest boat – a 28ft Huon pine rowing ferry.

The festivities will begin with a colourful Parade of Sail on the 6th, and the festival will then erupt in to a water extravaganza with wooden surf boat racing, a classic 18ft skiff challenge and the “Quick ‘n’ Dirty” kids boat building competition and race. Guests are also provided with the opportunity to wander among tall ships, watch shipwrights at work and much more. More than 50 000 boat owners and enthusiasts are expected to attend.
Tickets are available on the gate- a four-day adult pass costs $40 (for early birds), daily adult tickets are $12 and children under 16 free.
For more info visit www.australianwoodenboatfestival.com.au.

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