Australian Wooden Boat Festival Cruise

Australian Wooden Boat Festival Cruise

 

Cruise Tasmania is putting on two custom cruises this Summer to link in with our participation in the bi-annual 2017 Australian Wooden Boat Festival, as a Feature Vessel. We participated in the 2015 festival, it was a fantastic four days with an amazing atmosphere, a huge and diverse range of beautiful wooden boats and it goes without saying, a very social time.

This summer we will offer 2 custom cruises. You can book a cabin or organise a group together and book the boat. Each cruise will be 5 days / 4 nights including 2 days and 1 night alongside in the Australian Wooden Boat Festival itself. Enjoy the usual highlights of our Channel Cruise plus stay on board at the
festival. You will have front row seats at Festival events both on and off water. Around Festival time we generally see quite a few classic timber boats cruising our local waterways so the Festival experience blends into the cruise. One cruise leads into the Festival and joins the parade of sail and the first half of the Festival. The second cruise enjoys the second half of the Festival and departs with the Sail Past and rolls into the cruise. You will have front row tickets for activities on board and ashore, along with our mini music cruises during the festival.

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Cruise details

Cruise then the festival

Tue 7th Feb – Sat 11th Feb 2017

In a nutshell, it’s a Channel Cruise with a wooden boat and festive flavor that rolls into the heart of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival. You get to experience Tasmania, Bruny Island and the festival like few ever can.

Board Southern Cross London in Kettering, the boating heart of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. We pick you up from Hobart or the airport and then follow a “plan” similar to our Channel Cruise, tailoring what we do and where we go to suit you and the weather. Normally we see few other boats during our cruises and rarely share an anchorage, around festival time it’s hardly crowded but we ought to see some classic boats and probably share an anchorage with a couple of others. The social side of the festival will probably start in a pristine remote anchorage, sharing a yarn and a drink with another boat and its crew.

After taking it easy and cruising about Bruny Island we make our way on the fourth day out of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, past Storm Bay, the Iron Pot and up the Derwent River towards Hobart. The Wooden Boat fleet growing larger the closer we get to Hobart where it will be Wooden Boat overload. As a Feature Vessel we join the Parade of Sail at the pointy end of the fleet carrying a couple of AWBF officials. From there we will make our way into our berth and let the festival begin. The rest of Friday is yours to see the festival how you please with Southern Cross as your home base. Sit on deck and watch the action or explore what the festival has to offer. There is nothing like being in the thick of it, stepping from the wharf onboard your own vessel and being that one step removed, the only way to gain the genuine festival experience. Of an evening the festival goers gradually thin out leaving us and other boat crews to take a breath, enjoy a yarn and drink onboard your own or other boats, a great way to finish the day before hitting the sack in your cabin.

Saturday we do a short cruise with a twist. Taking yourself, a bunch of muso’s and a few other guests, we fire up the Gardners’, drop our lines and cruise. But rather than the usual boring river cruise looking at a bridge, a casino and the burbs of Hobart (all very nice but not our thing!) We cruise the festival waterfront with live music on board. Find an unexpecting group on the shore, back up close and give them an impromptu couple of numbers, then move on to find the next bunch. Cruise for a couple of hours, then back to the berth to join in the festival alongside. Saturday afternoon finishes your on board festival and cruise experience.

 

From $1950 per person twin share.


Festival then the Cruise

Sun 12th Feb – Thu 16th Feb 2017

In a nutshell, it’s a Bruny Island and Channel Cruise with a wooden boat / festive flavor that kicks off after two days in the heart of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival. You get to experience Tasmania, Bruny Island and the festival like few ever can.

Board Southern Cross London on Sunday morning in Sullivan’s Cove Hobart, smack in the thick of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival. Sit on deck and watch the action or explore what the festival has to offer. There is nothing like being in the middle of the busy festival but being able to step off the wharf onto your own vessel, the only way to gain the genuine festival experience.

Sunday afternoon we do a short cruise with a twist. Taking yourself, a bunch of muso’s and a few other guests, we fire up the Gardners’, drop our lines and cruise. But rather than the usual boring river cruise looking at a bridge, a casino and the burbs of Hobart (all very nice but not our thing!) We cruise the festival waterfront with live music on board. Find an unexpecting group of people on the shore, back up close and give them an impromptu couple of numbers, then move on to find the next bunch. Cruise for a couple of hours then back to the berth to join in the festival alongside.

The rest of Sunday is yours to see the festival how you please with Southern Cross as your home base. Of an evening the festival goers gradually thin out leaving us and other boat crews to take a breath, enjoy a yarn and a drink onboard your own or other boats, a great way to finish the day before hitting the sack in your cabin.

Monday the festival culminates and your Channel Cruise begins with the Australian Wooden Boat Festival sail past, as a Feature Vessel we join in at the pointy end of the fleet. From here, we and many others set sail and head out of the Derwent River, past the Iron Pot and Storm Bay and into

the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. Other festival boats gradually thin out as boats head home or disperse into the many bays and harbors of the waterways in Southern Tasmania. From here we follow a “plan” similar to our Channel Cruise and as usual tailor what we do and where we go to suit you and the weather. Normally we see few other boats during our cruises and rarely share an anchorage, around festival time it’s hardly crowded but expect to see a few classic boats and probably share an anchorage with one or more others. The social side of the festival can live on to some degree in a pristine remote anchorage sharing a yarn and a drink with another boat and its crew.

Thursday after sending the last few days cruising about Bruny Island we gradually make our way to Kettering, the boating heart of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel where you complete your festival and cruise experience. We run you back to Hobart or the airport as you wish.

From $1950 per person twin share.


Australian Wooden Boat Festival – Fancy Dinner Party onboard

Saturday 11th Feb. 2017 – 6pm until late.

Enjoy classic wooden boats, a cabin full of conversation, fine food and drink? Join us for a night you won’t find anywhere else.

6 guests have the opportunity for an unforgettable dinner party on board the classic 1970’s Scottish timber ship Southern Cross London in the thick of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival.

Berthed in Sullivan’s Cove Hobart spend the evening over a memorable meal with 5 other guests. Join captain Braye and chef Stan from Fat Carrot Farm for an evening few others will have the chance to experience. Like all things we do this will be unique, soak up the atmosphere of the festival from onboard your own classic vessel. Fresh local seafood and produce, fine local wine, cider and beer and of course, great company. Enjoy a meal you will never find in a restaurant, fresh, local and simply original in a truly unique location. Join us on board. $185pp.

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