Australian Wooden Boat Festival
In Tasmania

Travel with us February 2–11, 2019

Experience the Australian Wooden Boat Festival

Travel with us to Tasmania to visit one of the largest wooden boat festivals in the world featuring a mile of waterfront with over 500 vessels. Stay in a waterfront estate just 15 minutes from Hobart, the Festival, and the famous Salamanca market. An optional second week includes a circumnavigation of the island, capturing highlights of Tasmania including Cradle Mountain and the Bay of Fires.

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Trip Summary


Week 1: Wooden Boat Festival and Hobart

FEBRUARY 2–11, 2019


  • Seven nights in a waterfront estate with 180-degree views of Mount Wellington and the surrounding areas
  • Exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival, plus a half-day tall ship cruise
  • Driving tour of the Huon Valley complete with boats, wine, and delicious, farm-fresh food at Grandvewe Sheep Farm
  • Excursions to the MONA art museum, Franklin Wooden Boat Center, the Living Boat Trust, Grandvewe Sheep Farm, and Mount Wellington
  • A full day on Bruny Island including a three-hour boat cruise of the island’s incredible coastline
  • Trips to Cygnet—the Port Townsend of Down Under—and the logging town of Geeveston
  • Led by Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival’s Director and Harbormaster, Barb Trailer and Daniel Evans

Optional Week 2: Circumnavigate Tasmania

FEBRUARY 12–19, 2019


  • Seven nights in some of the most famous areas of Tasmania
  • Explore the Cradle Mountain area: Lake St. Clair lodge, one of only two resorts in the world built in a world heritage site, and Cradle Mountain Lodge
  • Travel the Wild West Coast: Historic Stahn, Ancient Forests and the best surfing in the world
  • Experience the North Coast: Stanley, The Nut, Launceston, amazing vineyards, and towns full of artists
  • Traverse the famous East Coast: One of the most scenic areas in the world, including Freycinet Bay, the Bay of Fires, and Wineglass Bay
  • Plus a nighttime excursion to Devils@Cradle to see the elusive Tasmanian devil!

Trip Summary


Week 1: Wooden Boat Festival and Hobart

FEBRUARY 2–11, 2019


  • Seven nights in a waterfront estate with 180-degree views of Mount Wellington and the surrounding areas
  • Exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival, plus a half-day tall ship cruise
  • Driving tour of the Huon Valley complete with boats, wine, and delicious, farm-fresh food at Grandvewe Sheep Farm
  • Excursions to the MONA art museum, Franklin Wooden Boat Center, the Living Boat Trust, Grandvewe Sheep Farm, and Mount Wellington
  • A full day on Bruny Island including a three-hour boat cruise of the island’s incredible coastline
  • Trips to Cygnet—the Port Townsend of Down Under—and the logging town of Geeveston
  • Led by Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival’s Director and Harbormaster, Barb Trailer and Daniel Evans

Optional Week 2: Circumnavigate Tasmania

FEBRUARY 12–19, 2019


  • Seven nights in some of the most famous areas of Tasmania
  • Explore the Cradle Mountain area: Lake St. Clair lodge, one of only two resorts in the world built in a world heritage site, and Cradle Mountain Lodge
  • Travel the Wild West Coast: Historic Stahn, Ancient Forests and the best surfing in the world
  • Experience the North Coast: Stanley, The Nut, Launceston, amazing vineyards, and towns full of artists
  • Traverse the famous East Coast: One of the most scenic areas in the world, including Freycinet Bay, the Bay of Fires, and Wineglass Bay
  • Plus a nighttime excursion to Devils@Cradle to see the elusive Tasmanian devil!

Tasmania Planning Party


January 30, 2018 | 5:30–7:30 PM | NWMC
Come to our open house to learn more. Meet the trip leaders, see photos of where we’ll be going, ask questions, and get answers! You’ll also have a chance to reserve your spot for the trip.

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About Tasmania

Only 150 miles from Australia, Tasmania is home to dramatic coastlines, ancient forests, and the world's cleanest air. Over 40% of the island is protected as a World Heritage Area, including the Western Tasmanian Wilderness National Parks and five of the country's historic convict sites. National parks, historic mining towns, and epic coastal scenery are just some of what Tasmania has to offer.

About Hobart

Tasmania's capital city, situated in the foothills of Mt. Wellington, offers a unique blend of heritage charm and incredible scenery. Home to a vibrant arts culture, award-winning restaurants, and a bustling waterfront that becomes especially iconic during their Wooden Boat Festival, Hobart also enjoys easy access to some of the best travelling in southern Tasmania.

About the Festival

The Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart, Tasmania is the largest festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Only held every two years, this four-day festival brings in over five-hundred wooden boats of all sizes, shipwright demonstrations, a maritime marketplace, dockside entertainment, and a taste of Tasmania's best food and beverages.

About Tasmania

Only 150 miles from Australia, Tasmania is home to dramatic coastlines, ancient forests, and the world's cleanest air. Over 40% of the island is protected as a World Heritage Area, including the Western Tasmanian Wilderness National Parks and five of the country's historic convict sites. National parks, historic mining towns, and epic coastal scenery are just some of what Tasmania has to offer.

About Hobart

Tasmania's capital city, situated in the foothills of Mt. Wellington, offers a unique blend of heritage charm and incredible scenery. Home to a vibrant arts culture, award-winning restaurants, and a bustling waterfront that becomes especially iconic during their Wooden Boat Festival, Hobart also enjoys easy access to some of the best travelling in southern Tasmania.

About the Festival

The Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart, Tasmania is the largest festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Only held every two years, this four-day festival brings in over five-hundred wooden boats of all shapes and sizes, shipwright demonstrations, tall ships, dockside entertainment, live music, and a taste of Tasmania's best food and beverages.

Why Group Travel?

Our trip to Tasmania offers the best of both worlds—the independence of taking your own trip combined with exclusive tours offered only to groups. The trip is designed to allow you and your travel partner time to explore on your own and spend as much time with the group as you prefer. It’s what suits your personality.

Everything’s Included!

Well, almost. Incredible, waterfront lodging during week one, week-two lodging in spectacular locations, all tours, your own car, and all week-one meals except Wooden Boat Festival lunches. Not Inlcuded: airfare, travel insurance, lunches at the Wooden Boat Festival, week-two meals.

Airport Pickup

We whisk you away to the waterfront estate where fresh food, cold beverages, and a nice bed with a waterfront view await.

Estate Living

A waterfront house where every bedroom has a view and its own exit to the beach. Feed the ducks, explore the beach, stroll down the walking trail, or visit a nearby winery.

Gourmet Meals

In a country known for its food and wine, this is a food adventure in the grandest way—gourmet meals prepared for you, and amazing dining-out options—all in a stunning location.

Week 1: $5000 | Week 2: $4000


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