Every two years, the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival (AWBF) draws many local Tasmanian, interstate and overseas visitors to the Hobart waterfront to Tasmania’s biggest tourism event and the largest wooden boat festival in the Southern Hemisphere. With 550 wooden boats, 435 volunteer staff and a four-day program of sailing, exhibits, demonstrations, entertainment and great Tasmanian food and wine. Visitors can get up close to a colourful display of hundreds of wooden boats ranging from ocean-going tall ships to superb hand-crafted dinghies. The high levels of local community engagement in exhibiting, volunteering and the festivals’ activities indicate the high degree of community connection with the festival’s focus.
Wooden Boat Festival
Modelling indicates that the AWBF categories contribute approximately $150m in output to the Tasmanian economy, over $70m in value add and 790 jobs. (derived creating Preferred Futures, REMPLAN Economy, Type 2 Multiplier).