Australian Wooden Boat Festival

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Sullivan's Cove waterfront docks are set to come to life in February with the Australian Wooden Boat Festival!

A huge collection of wooden boats – numbering over 500 – fill the docks in a lively weekend of food, music and water activities.

This four day festival allows festival goers to learn essential nautical skills, how to build a boat and also enjoy the fine entertainment on display – it's a fun event for the whole family!

The Australian Wooden Boat Festival is a 'celebration of Australia's rich maritime culture, heritage and craftsmanship' attracting local and international visitors to view the boats on display at the Hobart docks on the Derwent river.

You don't have to worry about finding money for tickets, with entry to the festival absolutely free.

The festival takes place from February 8 to 11, and is recognised as the 'most significant event of its kind in Australia'.

The Australian Wooden Boat Festival begun in 1994, with Cathy Hawkins, Ian Johnston and Andy Gamlin and the Tasmanian state government helping to bring the event to life.

Last year's festival was the 'biggest and best yet' holding the theme of "Celebrating our Maritime Culture' and showcasing international villages from Japan and Indonesia.

Over six hundred boats were showcased in the 2011 festival, including tall ships Enterprize, James Craig, Windeward Bound And Young Endeavour – Gretel 11, the famous seventies America's Cup Challenger was also present too!

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Hobart Waterfront transforms at the time of the show

Wooden Speedboat of an earlier era

Dining on board a vessel - image credit: Tomislav Nikolic

Superb wooden lighter style craft

Just a few boats moored and on show

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