Lake Macquarie Classic 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. Everyone is welcome to this free waterfront event 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 new members of the Assocation at $10 for individual membership, we also welcome volunteers to assist at the event. Please download your Membership form

2015 NEWS

Sunday 23 November


  • You Tube - Easter 2009 Event - previously named Heritage Afloat website
  • You Tube - Easter 2013 Event - Lake Macquarrie Classic Boatfest website
  • You Tube - Easter 2014 Event - Lake Macquarrie Classic Boatfest website Acknowledgement to Ross Harrigan for this clip


    Everyone is welcome to attend our free Boating Forums, each of which comprises a presentation (and possibly, discussion) on a boating-related topic. 2015 will be the third year we have organised forums.
    LOCATION: Toronto Diggers Club, The Boulevarde (2 mins walk from jetties)


    2014 EVENT

  • 2013 EVENT

  • 2012 EVENT

  • BOATSHED - In November 2012, 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

  • NBN 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

    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