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  • It's a big day out at the Sydney International Boat Show
  • July 12, 2015

Visitors to the 2015 Sydney International Boat Show can expect a big day out. With Australia having some of the world’s most pristine waterways, it's understandable why millions of Australians go boating each year.

With a variety of boating options, the Sydney International Boat Show provides boaties old and new, with a forum to better understand how to enjoy their boating experience, or how to immerse themselves into the lifestyle for those new to it.

The show is located over two sites with the larger boats residing in Cockle Bay Marina, Darling Harbour, a few minutes’ walk from the city’s central business district.

The undercover displays are housed in the cavernous halls of the Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island.

A free and non-stop ferry service transports people between the two locations, for the 20 minute journey across Sydney's beautiful harbour. Public transport and parking is available at both locations, giving visitors the choice of where they should start their Boat Show experience.

Whilst there is an abundance of boats and all the gear for them, the event is not short on education and entertainment. The Boating Safety Zone has representatives from an extensive array of organisations, who are able to assist visitors with information about boating and how to enjoy it safely.

At the MyBoatingLife Entertainment Precinct, visitors can enjoy master classes from some of Australia's leading boaties. Classes will run for those wishing to learn to fish, those with more in-depth knowledge on the sport and for the sailing, cooking and better boating enthusiasts.

For those visitors looking for some light entertainment, the stage will host eighties cricketing legend and boating and fishing tragic Len Pascoe. Together with industry stalwart Kieran Reekie from radio program Hi-Tide, they will bring you many a story about their boating and fishing antics.

Who was to know that when Dave Pagano brought his collection of historic boats to the show in 2009, it would remain as one of the most talked about and popular exhibits ever.

This year, the very interesting boat restorer and historian, has agreed to assemble another collection that will include the 1972 Griffiths Cup wining hydroplane "Aggressor".

The vessel that has to be seen to be believed is powered by a Rolls-Merlin V12 engine from a World War II P51 fighter plane. Located nearby, for those with a passion for speed, a race boat display will allow you to get up close to these marvels and the power plants that drive them.

The Sydney International Boat Show is put together by the Boating Industry Association (BIA) and supported by its Partner in Safety, Transport for NSW. The BIA and Transport for NSW, work together all year round to educate boaties, about the benefits of safe recreational boating.

The show opens on Thursday 30 July and runs for 5 days until 3 August. It opens at 10am each day and remains open until 8pm. A show ticket gives visitor’s unlimited access to both show locations.

More information about the event, transport, parking and buying tickets can be found at the shows website


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