Lake Macquarie Classic Boatfest

Welcome to Boatfest

Lake Macquarie Classic Boatfest invites the participation and exhibition of traditional and classic boats – steam, sail, motor and oared craft of all sizes from all over Australia. Boats must be of a design prior to 1975 but may have been built at any time, from any material. Wooden boats naturally qualify as pre 1975 design.

Wednesday 23 April
Right on time, Lake Macquarie turned on its traditional glorious Easter weather, delighting our boat entrants and the many thousands who visited the Toronto foreshore. The "Notorious" provided a spectacular backdrop to the classic boats moored at the public jetties and there was a constant stream of people eager to have a look aboard this unique and fabulous vessel. Notorious facebook
Kids had a great time engaging with boat owners as they hunted for answers in the "Kids Boatquest". Elsewhere on the foreshore there were many other attractions to engage the whole family and the two Forums on Saturday, given by Ivan Macfadyen and Graeme Wylie, were well attended. Having been awarded the Hal Harpur Award earlier in the year, Kevin Isle scored another success by winning the "Most Popular Boat" trophy with his immaculate "Janine Anne" - a Courting Whitehall dinghy.
The Boaties' dinner on Saturday was a lot of fun and a chance to swap stories and win some nice raffle prizes while enjoying an excellent meal put on by our hosts, Toronto Diggers Club.

Please click on our REGISTRATION PAGE for boat entry information.


Everyone is welcome to attend our free Boating Forums, each of which comprises a presentation (and possibly, discussion) on a boating-related topic. 2014 will be the second year we have organised forums.
LOCATION: Toronto Diggers Club, The Boulevarde (2 mins walk from jetties)
  • 11.30 am - "The Ocean is Broken" - Ivan Macfadyen - (Trans-ocean racer, circumnavigator)
  • 1.30 pm - "A 'Notorious' endeavour - from legend to reality" - Graeme Wylie - (Captain and constructor)

    Everyone is welcome to this free Easter Weekend waterfront event Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th April, 2014 at Regatta Park, Toronto, on Lake Macquarie. We expect to have some 80 boats on display on the water and foreshore.

    Thank you to our many sponsors, who assist with the infrastructure costs for this free event. Information download for prospective sponsors

    The festival utilises the Toronto foreshore, the parklands, launching  ramps and the waterfront enclosure and jetties for a wide range of marine- related activities. 

    Over the two days of the event, you will be treated to model boat demonstrations and races, displays relating to classic boat activities, kids games, entertainment and of course the Quick'n'Dirty boat building competition held on the Sunday of the festival.  The event culminates in a Grand Parade and Blessing of the Fleet at 3.00 p.m. on the Sunday afternoon.  The festival provides a wonderful experience for people of all ages.

    The superb eateries of Toronto, located close to the foreshore, will cater for all tastes while you enjoy the spectacle of the boats and activities throughout the weekend. Food stalls will also be located along foreshore.

    We welcome your tax deductible donation of $10 for individual membership of our charitable organisation. Please download your Membership form

    HELP - We urgently need new members to run the following year's event. Consider assisting this year and learning the ropes from our current boatie team?


    BOATSHED - In November last year, LMCBA signed the lease on the old Catamaran Club building at Rathmines to create the LMCBA Classic Boatshed. The building was in a very dilapidated state after years of lying empty and unused. However, a small dedicated team has begun work to create a space where the skills of traditional boatbuilding can be practised and learned by anyone in the community. It is early days yet, and new members are needed to help with the many tasks involved in establishing this facility. Thanks to the good work of the council management of these council assets, and our many supporters. INTERESTED VOLUNTEERS, MEMBERS, PLEASE CHECK THIS PAGE IN APRIL as we will all know more. Also, at Classic Boatfest over Easter, we will be happy to talk to you. We anticipate modelling our Boatshed on the Men's Shed operation, with particular guidelines from the Living Boat Trust in Tasmania. Living Boat Trust website

    News Release November 2012 - Classic Boatfest has won the Heritage Award from NSW Tidy Towns 2012. Heritage award 2012 NSW Tidy Towns Tidy Towns website

    NBN 3 TV station - news presentation of our 2012 Easter event BOATS OF A BYGONE ERA HIT LAKE MAC

    Web News Articles about our 2012 Event

  • NBN 3 TV station - news presentation of our 2012 Easter event BOATS OF A BYGONE ERA HIT LAKE MAC
  • Trade A Boat - excellent article about a selection of boats from our 2011 Easter event website
  • The STAR 29th February 2012 - Lake Macquarie calls for Quick'n'Dirty boat builders website
  • The STAR 7th March 2012 - Tokelau is a Townes 1948 Butcher Boat at 16foot 6inches website
  • The STAR 28th March 2012 - MV Fisher is a put-put launched in 1931 by Bill Fisher on the Parramatta River website
  • You Tube - Easter 2009 Event - previously named Heritage Afloat website

  • Event Partners

    Sydney Heritage Fleet Wooden Boat Association Lake Macquarie & District Historical Society

    Lake Macquarie and District Historical Society website

    Foundation Sponsor:

    Marmong Point Marina

    Platinum Sponsors:

    Lake Macquarie City Council