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.
This Website will be updated with details for the 2014 Boatfest as they are finalised in the coming months.
LATEST NEWS. The "Notorious" is coming!! We are delighted that this full-scale replica of a Portuguese caravel (68ft long) will be our star attraction.
Have a look aboard (small fee), see how early seafarers lived and marvel at the dedication of Graeme and Felicite Wylie who spent 10 years building
this awesome ship. facebook
Please click on our REGISTRATION PAGE for boat entry information.
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.
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