Two days of happenings on and off the water. The BOATFEST program is being developed and added to on a daily basis - click the button below for the full program and scroll down to see all wooden & heritage boat elements of the 2018 Festival.

(please note that the program and event map remains subject to change).


The Port's First Water Taxi | See the Port from the River 

A unique opportunity exists during BOATFEST only to have the best view of the Port from the River! Hop aboard the water taxi from adjacent Folklore Café (Hart’s Mill) for a short tour of the Inner Harbour prior to disembarking at Edgewater Marina to allow viewing of the Wooden & Heritage Boats berthed at New Port Quays up nice and close.

This water taxi service will operate from 10am–4pm inclusive | Fees may apply for this service.


The Maritime Marketplace

Immediately adjacent to Hart’s Mill and Folklore Café and open between the hours of 10am-4pm on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October is the Maritime Marketplace. A series of displays from community and service groups, locally made handcrafts and ‘bric-a-brac’ in a nautical and maritime theme. You are sure to find something unique and special here. 


Heritage Horsepower 

Adjacent to Hart’s Mill you will also find some amazing displays of heritage and classic vehicles each day between 10am and 4pm. Proud owners will happily speak to you about their pride and joy and it is a great opportunity to get up and close and personal. 

Combine this with historic working stationary engines, a Viking boat restoration, working shipwrights, scale model boats from Taskforce 72 Scale Model Ship Association and the chance to view and learn about nautical and maritime knot tying along with children's activities and entertainment and your day is set. 


Meet the Port Dolphins with Dolphin Explorer


Saturday: 11.30pm & 1.30pm | Sunday: 11.30pm & 2.00pm | $10 per adult | $7 per child (12 & under) | FREE for children under 12

The dolphin community in the Port River is a delight to view and be around on the water. Join a Port River Dolphin Cruise to travel along the historic Port River on one of the many Dolphin Cruises across the weekend.


Shipboard Fun for Kids


Saturday 13 October ONLY | 10:45am & 12:45pm | COST: $22.00+BF for 1 adult & 1 child

Experience being inside an 1864 sailing ship, and build your own working model lightstation or hurricane lamp. All material included and finished product is yours to take home. Price is for 1 child & 1 adult. Morning session is lightstation. Afternoon is lantern. Tour of ship included. A fun and educational way to be part of the Port Adelaide BOATFEST. Entry to the ship involves climbing stairs.


Historic Keth Falie Open Day

Falie | McLaren Wharf near end of Timpson Street

Sunday 14 October ONLY | 10am to 2pm | COST: Gold Coin Donation

Falie’s return to McLaren Wharf, making it more accessible for the public to come aboard during BOATFEST on Sunday 14 October between 10am and 2pm for a gold coin donation towards her preservation. Visit the new museum to find out Falie’s century of service to SA and Australia in peace and in wartime.

visit: Historic Ketch Falie Facebook for more details | enquiries: Day


See the Sea

With an abundance of gorgeous art galleries in the Port, it is no surprise that our nautical thematic will bring them to life in and around the BOATFEST. 

Hart’s Mill Packing Shed will become of hive of creativity over the event with art exhibitions and activity across the two days between 10am and 4pm.


Black Diamond Gallery 


Opening: Friday 12 October at 6pm | Open Daily: Saturday 13 October to Sunday 21 October, 11am to 4pm

Up to 80 works will be on display for 9 days | Wooden & Heritage Boat Festival Exhibition

The members have produced works of art 2D or 3D referencing the Wooden and Heritage Boat Festival. It is an excellent opportunity to feature the many boats and related maritime objects to be found in the Port Adelaide area.