Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

If you’re into sailing the great waters and are in Sydney anytime between July 31 and August 1st, then the Sydney International Boat Show is calling your name.

Since 1968, it has annually gone from strength to strength in participants and attendees.  The show comprises six halls of undercover displays, alongside 300 large vessels..
Celebrating it’s 47th consecutive year, there’s no slowing down in growth. As the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Center undergoes a major upgrade for the next few years, the Boat Show is going to be taking place at Glebe Island, alongside Cockle Bay.
From displays of trailer boats, in-water boats and entertainment, you can watch the in-water displays at Darling Harbour and the undercover displays at Glebe Island. No need to swim between locations as there’s a free ferry service and free bus between the Central Railway Station and both exhibitions.
The event times range from 10am to 6pm (Halls) and 8pm (Marina) so you’ve plenty of time to shuttle yourself around. And at $40 AUD for a 3 day adult pass to $21 for a single day pass, the more mature won’t be breaking their wallet during the event. There are also kid prices, family prices, pensioner and senior rates so check out details on the ticket page.
The pure focus of the Boat Show is to educate on the diversity of boating lifestyles and get acquainted with the newest technology for equipment. Alongside incredible displays, guest speakers and a lifejacket lounge, you can also dabble into researching about buying a boat. The show website is a firm partner of advocating MyBoatingLife so chat with the online community, both established boaties (it’s a word we coined!) and newbies alike.
There are hundreds of exhibitors at the show from Neken Marine to Australian Boat Sales, Stress Free Marine and Garmin Australia. If you thought that 4 days is a long time for a boat show, by the time you sift through the exhibitors list, if you weren’t planning to come to Sydney, you’ll now be heading upstream for the full 4 days.
This is a brilliantly well organised event and a must-show-up for anyone who’s a water fan. Always remember that if you’re on a budget and looking for somewhere to stay, yet another short ferry ride away is one of the oldest hotels in Sydney. Cremorne Point Manor’s boutique hotel is a sensational choice for peering across the clear skyline and enjoy downtown Sydney and the Opera House. Voted a 4th consecutive year by TripAdvisor for ‘Certificate of Excellence’ award, take a look at the home page video. The views are stunning and after a long trek around the Boat Show, you’ll be happy to be back on dry land again.

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