Canberra Classic Boatfest
13-14th April 2024
Hosted by THE TRADITIONAL BOAT SQUADRON OF AUSTRALIA
Meet at the lawns of Canberra Yacht Club 1 Marina Place, Yarralumla, ACT, 2600
All traditional boats are welcome: rowers, putt-putts, sailing craft, steam boats, wooden boats or maybe not.
This event is part of the annual Canberra and Region Heritage Festival
0900 Cruise including morning tea on Lake Burley Griffin
1100-1400 Public display of boats and boating equipment
1400 Explore the lake at your leisure
1830 Dinner at Statesman Hotel with guest speaker, and social chat
1000-1200 Grand Parade to Kingston Harbour and return.
We are negotiating with the Museum of Australia for the PS Enterprise (Australia’s oldest operating steam paddle steamer) to join the parade, as well as 6 wooden rowing sculls from Capital Lakes Rowing club
See all the National Institutions and the Governor General’s residence from your boat.
Mobile: 0409 031 243
The BoatFest will be held on the lawns of the Canberra Yacht Club, Mariner Place, Yarralumla.
There are two boat ramps and a jetty in Lotus Bay, about 100 m from the club. There is sufficient parking for cars and trailers at the ramps. Small boats could be launched directly from the lawns of the yacht, but parking there has limits. For those not familiar with Lake Burley Griffin, you can download a chart of the lake .
When operating a power boat on the lake you should have all the usual safety equipment: lifejackets, bailing bucket, paddle /oars, torch, whistle/ horn, fire extinguisher and anchor with rope. As Lake Burley Griffin is classed as ‘Alpine waters’ lifejackets should be worn in any boat less than 4.8 m length.
To operate a power boat on the lake you should have a power boat permit, which is issued free by the National Capital Authority. The permit can be a temporary permit, or if you think you might visit again, apply for an annual permit, which will be automatically renewed each year. Apply for a permit Category C3 for ‘traditional boats’. The permit application can be found HERE.
You do not need a power boat driver’s licence for LBG. Any traditional power boat on LBG needs to remain below 10 knot speed.
What to do in Canberra?
Come a few days before, or after the Boatfest. Tourism Australia has many suggestions of things to do in Canberra and surrounds
COVID-19 is still circulating in Canberra. Please do not attend the Boatfest if you have Covid19 symptoms, unless you have been tested and found to be negative.
The Statesman Hotel has been recently renovated, so has quality rooms at reasonable prices. Mention that you are attending the BoatFest and you may get a discount. Phone: 02 6281 1777
Things to bring
Bring a folding chair so we can sit on the lawns or under shade near the boats to have
lunch. Fish and chips can be bought at Snapper on the lake which operates onsite with
outdoor tables adjacent to Canberra Yacht club
Bring a warm jacket. April is the best weather of the year for a Boatfest, but Canberra
weather is notoriously fickle