Event

Classic & Wooden Boat Festival 2018

Classic and Wooden Boat Festival April 2018

Help us celebrate the beauty and diversity of Australia’s heritage vessels and their craftspeople.

  • Join us 13-15 April 2018

    Come and celebrate the beauty and diversity of Australia’s heritage vessels and meet their craftspeople at the Classic & Wooden Boat Festival.

    Over 100 vessels will be on display at the museum and Cockle Bay Marina including Halvorsens, yachts and skiffs, classic speedboats, steam launches, tug boats, whalers and Navy workboats from all around Australia, as well as tall ship James Craig and Edwardian superstars SY Ena and Hurrica V.

    Festival Entry is Free
    10am – 5pm

    Enjoy free entertainment over the whole weekend including live music, maritime demonstrations, harbour cruises and kid's activities. There's markets, food trucks, an art exhibition, a boat building competition and much more. Join in the fun and discover a hand-crafted, hand-polished world where craftsmanship still reigns supreme.


    See Hurrica V at The Classic & Wooden Boat Festival April 13-15 2018

    See The Classics Up Close

    Get up close to more than 100 classic vessels including two screen stars: Hurrica V  from Baz Lurhmann's The Great Gatsby, and the museum's own SY Ena, star of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.

    Caulking demonstration

    Discover Traditional Skills

    Try your hand at caulking, line throwing and sculling, as you get your hands dirty and learn the ancient maritime arts. Step on board the towering tall ship James Craig and ring the ship's bell.


    Kids can build and race their own boats at The Classic & Wooden Boat Festival April 13 -15 2018

    Treat the Kids to a Great Day

    Join in the fun at the Kid's Boatshed where kids can build (and race) their own boats. There's also live music, magic shows, a jumping castle, food trucks and the relaxing waterside haven of Yots Cafe.
    Enjoy the Costumes Parade at The Classic & Wooden Boat Festival April 13-15 2018

    Catch the Swimwear Parade

    Enjoy our showcase of colourful cossies through the ages, with a tongue-in-cheek trip through the museum's swimwear collection.


    Lady Hopetoun on Sydney Harbour

    Take a Classic Cruise

    Journey back in time on one of Sydney Heritage Fleet's magnificently restored vessels. When was the last time you pulled the cord on a steam whistle?


    Build a Boat Quick and Dirty at The Classic & Wooden Boat Festival April 13-15 2018

    Build a Boat in 4 hours: Quick & Dirty

    Form a team of 4-6 friends to design, build and race a seaworthy craft... in only four hours. We supply the materials, you supply the brains and the brawn. Entry is free: click here for details.

    Proudly Supported by

    Norglass Specialty Finishes Australian Made Australian Owned logo          Bote-Cote Sponsor of the 2018 Classic and Wooden Boat Festival


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