The anticipated Australian Wooden Boat Festival will come cruising into Hobart, Tasmania on Friday February 8 for a long weekend of boat parades, exhibitions, talks and performances, building workshops and kids activities!
To celebrate the event, the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority is offering a special Wooden Boat Festival cruise to explore Tasmania's most popular attraction and its maritime heritage and dockyard.
Cruise guests will be granted rare access to collections and buildings that are not usually open to the public, with lunch, guest speakers and a special gift also included in the special package.
Departing from Brooke St Pier on the Hobart waterfront on Friday February 8 and Sunday February 10, guests will cruise on the MV Marana past the towering sea cliffs of the Tasman Peninsula.
On arrival at Port Arthur, guests will be taken on an introductory tour of the site exploring museum houses, the convict gallery, buildings and ruins.
A special tour of Port Arthur's Dockyard will then ensue, with a rare look into the 1834 Master Shipwright's House and Clerk of Works' House.
Learn about the heritage, operation and conservation of the dockyard from special guest speakers, who will also share their insights on the importance of the traditional trade of boat building.
Exploring the historic structures and sites can make for hungry work, with fresh baked baguette, salad, a selection of cold meats and Tasmanian fruit juice available for guests to satisfy that peckish feeling.
Participants will also have a gift to take home to remember their experience, with each receiving a copy of the book, A Harbour Large Enough to Admit a Whole Fleet – The Maritime History and Archaeology of Port Arthur.
Places are limited, so it’s recommended that those interested book in early on the Navigators website!
Adult tickets are $147 with children aged four and over $121. Family passes are also available for $495 (two adults and two children).