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 anytime from any material. Wooden boats naturally qualify as pre 1975 design.
Website will be updated with details for the 2014 Boatfest in the coming months.Please click on our REGISTRATION PAGE for boat entry information.
LOCATION: Sailing Club on foreshore
LOCATION: Diggers Club in main street
LOCATION: Solar Sailor on Southern Jetty
Everyone is welcome to this free Easter Weekend waterfront event Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March, 2013 at Regatta Park, Toronto, on Lake Macquarie. We expect to have some 80 boats on display on the water and foreshore for the event.
Thank you to our many sponsors, especially our foundation sponsor Marmong Point Marina, as well as platinum sponsors Lake Coal, Lake Macquarie City Council and Jim Knowles Group. Our sponsors pay for the expenses 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 whilst enjoying the spectacle of the boats and activities through out 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 years event. Consider assisting this year and learning the ropes from our aging boatie members?
BOATSHED - News Release 6th March 2013 - Men's Shed, Men's Boatshed, Family Boatshed - call our proposed Boatshed at Rathmines what you will, as it is early days yet, but Lake Macquarie Council will be asked to agree to our proposal at their meeting on the 25th of this month, 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.
NBN 3 TV station - news presentation of our 2012 Easter event BOATS OF A BYGONE ERA HIT LAKE MAC
Lake Macquarie and District Historical Society website