Wooden Boat Festival 2025

Sail on the Lady Nelson during the Wooden Boat Festival:

Celebrate the Australian Wooden Boat Festival on Hobart's own iconic wooden boat: the Lady Nelson.

Held across Hobart’s vibrant and bustling waterfront, the four-day festival brings together the largest and most beautiful collection of wooden boats in the southern hemisphere. 

  • Opening festival Parade of Sail from Margate to Hobart 

This sail departs Margate at around 8:am and arrives in Hobart around 3:00pm in the afternoon.

After being picked up at Margate the Lady Nelson gathers with the other Tall Ships at the mouth of the Derwent and sail (usually) with the sea breeze until just near Hobart.     

 Opening Parade of Sail


    • Accommodation during the Australian Wooden Boat Festival

    Looking for affordable accommodation with a nautical  theme right in the heart of the Wooden Boat Festival?

     Wooden Boat Festival Accommodation


     The following events are yet to be finalised.

    • Short Sails (90 min) during the festival  
    • Evening Fireworks Sail 
    • Admirals Sail with 'salute to the Governor'  

       For enquiries please phone the Lady Nelson Office 03 6234 3348 or email

    Wooden Boat Festival sail past
    Sunset From the lady Nelson
    Event Sailing 2
    Bow view on the derwent