What to see at the Sydney International Boat Show

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The Sydney International Boat Show launches today at Darling Harbour and Glebe Island this year. The 4-day festival is the biggest recreational marine event in the Southern hemisphere, and features a boatload of fishing, sailing and boating entertainment.

Here are just a few things to watch out for.

What to expect from the Sydney Boat Show

The Sydney Boat Show follows the same format each day, except Friday and Saturday, which features special presentations by Carl Muir (Fishing the Waters of NZ – Some of the best fishing in the world) and Rhys Creed (Inflatable boat drifting – the new way to fish.)

You can also catch Fishing Addiction host Mark Berg every evening, and Lisa Blair, the first female sailor to circumnavigate Antarctica solo, non-stop and unassisted.

If you’re toying over quitting your job and sailing around the world, you may just be interested in catching Dini Martinez, who will be discussing why now is the best time to sail around the world with your family. (We can’t argue with that logic!)

The Hot Seat is another event we recommend checking out. At the beginning of each day, a somewhat contentious boating or fishing topic is addressed live in Hall 4 of the entertainment area. The public is encouraged to come along and participate in the conversation, by sharing their questions and viewpoints too.

For the full Sydney Boat Show schedule, click here.

Important information about the event

The cost

Tickets can be bought online from Oztix. Here is the link, if you’d like to purchase them in advance. Here is what you can expect to pay:

  • Adult (18+) – $21
  • Child (6 to 17 years) – $13
  • Family (2 adults and 3 children) – $49
  • 2-day pass – $30
  • 3-day pass – $40
  • Seniors – $15
  • Pensioners – $19

Guests can also buy tickets on the day at Palm Grove (Darling Harbour) and Glebe Island (Hall 1 and Hall 3).

Getting there

The Sydney International Boat Show is held at 2 waterfront locations in Sydney Harbour. There is a free ferry, which runs between the 2 sites. The trip takes around 25 minutes. You can also drive in, or take public transport of course.


Both sites have parking available at Glebe Island and Darling Harbour. You may find it easier to take public transport, as parking can be difficult, especially around Darling Harbour.

Find out more

For more information about the Sydney International Boat Show, head to the official website. While you’re there, stop by stand 375 and say hello to the Trident Marine team! We help boaties secure competitive insurance for their marine vessel; this includes businesses that operate in the marine sector.

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