Event

Classic & Wooden Boat Festival 2018

Boats at the Classic and Wooden Boat Festival

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, the Young Endeavour in Cockle Bay, and Edwardian superstars SY Ena and Hurrica V.

    Festival Entry is Free
    10am – 5pm

    Enjoy free entertainment over the whole weekend including live music, street magic, maritime demonstrations, harbour cruises and kid's activities.

    Inside you'll find a fascinating three day Talk Fest covering a wide range of topics, from 'How to Captain a Tall Ship' to the story of the daring raid of the MV Krait. Outside, 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.

    See Cardistry Street Magic at the Classic & Wooden Boat Festival April 13 - 15 at the Australian National Maritime Museum

    See Pirate Magic with Cardistry

    Be amazed by levitating spinnakers, gold coins popping out of bubbles and a magic treasure chest when Cardistry, Australia's hottest young magic duo bring their street magic to the seaside every day of the festival.

    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 on Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th where kids can build (and race) their own boats. There's also live music, face painting, magic shows, a jumping castle, a hula hoop circus, 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.


    Teenages climbing on the tall ship James Craig jig boom

    Go Out on a jib

    Ever wanted to climb out over the water on a tall ship but didn't want to get sea sick? Your chance is here! Climb the James Craig jib-boom and test your mettle. Bookings essential.

    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.

    Cruise the Southern Swan at the Classic & Wooden Boat Festival at the Australian National Maritime Museum

    Take a Tall Ships Harbour Cruise

    See Soren Larsen, star of BBC's 'Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure' at Wharf 7, and book a Sydney Harbour cruise on Southern Swan. Choose between a Kid’s Pirate Cruise or an historical commentary cruise. Special festival rates apply.



    Sponsor

      Norglass Specialty Finishes Australian Made Australian Owned logo    

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        Bote-Cote Sponsor of the 2018 Classic and Wooden Boat Festival       

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