The Sydney International Boat Show 2023 will be on from 3-6 August. Our sister company, Chapman Marine Group will be there exhibiting some of their amazing vessels! 

Sydney Boat Show 2023 Dates

The Sydney Boat Show will be hosted in Darling Harbour from 3-6 August 2023 and will feature fishing masterclasses, as well as a sailing and paddling hub and a full exhibition of all the latest products in the boating world. 

Experience the spectacle of nautical brilliance that is the Sydney Boat Show, the Southern Hemisphere’s most significant boating event. Marvel at the stunning array of cutting-edge designs and innovations in the maritime industry. Whether you’re a boating enthusiast or new to the world of yachts, this show promises an action-packed day filled with insightful forums, live demonstrations, and hands-on experiences. 

Connect with like-minded people, learn from industry experts, and perhaps, discover the boat of your dreams. Mark your calendar – the Sydney Boat Show is an unmissable sea-faring extravaganza!

The History of the Sydney Boat Show

The Sydney International Boat Show, an iconic event in the maritime world, first sailed into existence as a standalone event in 1968. It initially dropped anchor at the Hordern Pavilion at Moore Park, where it stayed until 1985.

In 1986, the show set a new course and moved to a temporary facility in Pyrmont. This move marked a significant turning point as the on-water component was introduced, adding an exciting new dimension to the show. These three transformative years in Pyrmont laid the groundwork for what would become a long, successful journey at the nearby Darling Harbour.

1989 heralded a milestone year with the grand opening of the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre. This sophisticated facility was a stone’s throw away from Cockle Bay, enriching the show with its proximity to the water. The show’s popularity surged, leading to a massive growth phase over the next 25 years at Darling Harbour, culminating in 2013.

After the show in 2013, the Darling Harbour area underwent a major upgrade, which led the show to make a temporary move to Glebe Island from 2014 to 2016. This period saw the show split between two locations, with the increasingly popular marina component stationed at Cockle Bay. A ferry service was implemented to ferry guests between the two locations, adding a nautical twist to the visitor experience.

In 2017, marking its 50th edition, the Sydney International Boat Show made a triumphant return to Darling Harbour. The spacious International Convention Centre, Sydney, now hosts the undercover displays, while the breathtaking marina displays continue to amaze guests just minutes away at Cockle Bay.

As the show prepares to unfurl its sails for the 54th time this year, it stands as a testament to over half a century of marine innovation, perseverance and an unwavering passion for the sea. The Sydney International Boat Show, with its rich history and continuous evolution, remains an unmissable event on the maritime calendar – get your tickets now!

Parking at the Sydney Boat Show

Attending the 2023 Sydney International Boat Show and worried about parking? Put your concerns to rest. With an array of parking options in and around the venue, finding a spot for your vehicle will be a breeze.

The International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney has two dedicated car park facilities nestled within the Exhibition Centre and the ICC Theatre. With a combined total of 826 car spaces, these facilities provide ample parking space for attendees.

In addition, there are multiple secure car parks in and around the Darling Harbour precinct, providing even more options for visitors. The closest one is located at the Harbourside Car Park, 100 Murray Street, Pyrmont. This location is just a short walk from the show, providing easy access for all attendees.

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, you can rest assured that finding a parking spot at the Sydney International Boat Show 2023 will be as smooth as sailing on calm waters. Remember to plan your trip in advance to choose the best parking option for you, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable experience.

Sydney Boat Show Exhibitors 2023

The Sydney International Boat Show 2023 promises non-stop entertainment and enriching experiences that go beyond the showcase of boats, marine gear, and gadgets. Dive into an array of masterclasses, entertaining shows, and engaging educational experiences.

Fishing Masterclasses

For the fishing enthusiasts, the Main Stage in the ICC Halls will be hosting thrilling fishing demonstrations and masterclasses. Renowned angler David ‘Mossy’ Moss will be presenting at the Shimano Fishing Tank, along with Channel 7’s Boating, Fishing & Weather Expert Paul Burt. Find these sessions on level 1 of the ICC Halls.

Shimano Fishing Tank Demonstrations

The mobile Shimano Fishing Tank, hosted by David ‘Mossy’ Moss, offers unique insights into life beneath the water. Enjoy casting demonstrations, learn about the latest lures, and pick up tips on the best angling techniques.

Andrew 'ET' Ettingshausen

Sydney local Andrew ‘ET’ Ettingshausen, a legendary figure in Rugby League, has carved a successful career in fishing with his TV show Escape Fishing with ET. Experience the excitement of ET’s fishing adventures at the Main Stage or grab an autograph at his stand on the Cockle Bay Foreshore.

Sailing & Paddling Hub

In 2023, the show introduces the Sailing & Paddling Hub, an interactive showcase hosted by ‘Sailor Girl’ Nic Douglass on the Cockle Bay Foreshore. Discover the exhilarating world of sailing and paddling, and hear from leading identities like Lisa Blair, who shares her enthralling story of sailing around Antarctica.

Boating Safety Zone

Visit the Boating Safety Zone, where Transport for NSW and their safety partners, including NSW Maritime, Australian Maritime College (AMC), Maritime Teachers Association NSW (MTA), TAFE NSW, and several others, will answer your questions and provide the latest information for a safe and enjoyable time on the water. You can find this valuable resource on level 1 of the ICC Halls.

This year’s Sydney International Boat Show is shaping up to be an unforgettable experience. Whether you’re a seasoned boatie, a fishing enthusiast, or a novice eager to learn, there’s something exciting for everyone at the show. Be sure to check out Chapman Marine Group’s exhibit for a glimpse at some amazing vessels!

In this episode, the host engages in a chat with one of the owner’s of Chapman Yachting, Debbie Leenderts. They are renowned for being the most revolutionary and customer-centric yacht hire agency Sydney has to offer. Luxury boats and super yachts serve as the vessels through which valuable relationships and personally-tailored experiences are created.

Debbie shares how Chapman coordinates the handpicked luxury charter vessels to be readily available in Australia’s most popular destinations, including Sydney Harbour, Pittwater, The Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef, Western Australia, and the Kimberleys, to host spectacular parties, events, and holidays for a lineup of guests and customers.

This conversation provides an intimate look at ‘behind the scenes’ events in the marine industry, allowing guests and owners to enjoy their watercraft and the unique Australian waterways.

Once again, the audience is invited to enjoy this inspiring story of ‘Women in Boating’ as the host shares the endless opportunities that exist.

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