About the Festival

The Australian Wooden Boat Festival was launched by friends Andy Gamlin, Cathy Hawkins, and Ian Johnston in 1994.

Hobart, Australia’s southern most capital city is the home of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival with the event being held on the city’s most famous and beautiful docks. The first Festival was held in Hobart in November 1994 and since it inception, the Festival, which is held biennially, has become recognised as one of Tasmania’s most significant events and is acknowledged throughout Australia as one of the premier maritime events in the country. In 2001, the Festival was moved to February to co-incide with the Royal Hobart Regatta, Australia’s oldest regatta.

The Festival organisation, which is a non profit and community based organisation is made up of the following structure;


Jim Bacon MHA, Premier of Tasmania
Alderman Rob Valentine, Lord Mayor of Hobart
Mr Peter Morgan, Chairman Hobart Ports Corporation
Mr Graeme Phillips, Managing Director North Western Shipping & Towage
Mr Craig Clifford, Managing Director Incat Australia Pty Ltd

Management Committee:

Mr Ben Marris, Chairman
Mr Steve Knight, Deputy Chairman
Ms Penny Warren, Treasurer
Mr Guy Anderson, Secretary
Mr Kim Newstead
Ms Cathy Hawkins
Mr Andy Gamlin

The management and day to day operations of the Festival is provided by Brian Downes & Associates. The management team is as per the following;

Mr Brian Downes, Festival Director
Ms Anneliese Morgan, Coordinator – Events & Media
Ms Kristy Beecroft, Coordinator – Business & Administration
Ms Julie Donehue, Project Officer – Events
Mr Brad Duncan, Productions and Site Manager
Mr David Murphy, Newsletter Editor

Other than the management team, the Festival relies upon the good nature, energy and passion from the many volunteers, some 250 were involved in the 2003 Australian Wooden Boat Festival.

For more information, our contact numbers are as per the following;
Tel: 03 6231 6407
61 3 6231 6407 (Int)
Fax: 03 6231 6408
61 3 6231 6408 (Int)
Email: [email protected]