Wooden Boat Festival 2017 Gets Underway

Wooden Boat Festival 2017 Gets Underway

Tasmania Premier Will Hodgman

Wooden Boat Festival

Victor P Taffa

Tasmania’s world-class summer festival and events calendar continues this weekend when the 12th Australian Wooden Boat Festival sails into action.

This year the Festival has a rich Dutch flavour, marking the 375th anniversary of the visit to our island by Abel Tasman.

Examples of Dutch wooden boats will be on display and a team of student boat-builders from the Netherlands will construct a traditional Dutch sailing dinghy out of Tasmanian timber.

Wooden Boat Festival is another classic Tasmanian experience, showcasing our unique maritime heritage with a vibrant program of entertainment, fine food and beverages.

Australian Wooden Boat Festival is also a massive drawcard, typically attracting around 200,000 people.


Tasmanian Government strongly supports the Festival as a key part of our plan to grow tourism and the visitor economy, which is supports local business and creates jobs.

State Government is providing $750,000 for the Festival in 2017, 2019 and in 2021.

“We warmly welcome more than 80 exhibitors participating in this year’s event, and thank the many volunteers who help make the Wooden Boat Festival such a success.” Premier Hodgman said.

Entry to the Wooden Boat Festival is free.