Preview: Tasmania & the Australian Wooden Boat Festival

March 6, 2015

Steve Stone

The secret is out on Tasmania — this small, remote island-state of Australia just earned the #4 spot on Lonely Planet's list of Best Places in the World to Visit.

It's no wonder why — check out this quick iPhone photo I took en route to one of the wilderness national parks that make up one third of Tasmania's landscape. Where else in the world could you surf, sail, hike, climb, dive, golf, and fly-fish, all in the same day? And do all this without seeing another person!

A quick shot I took from the plane en route to the Southwest Tasmanian Wilderness.

A quick shot I took from the plane en route to the Southwest Tasmanian Wilderness.

The Australian Wooden Boat Festival was everything we'd hoped for, and much more. With over 500 boats on display, and more than 200,000 visitors, it ranks as the second argest wooden boat festival in the world next to the Festival of the Sea in Brest, France. But unlike Brest, visitors can get right next to the docked boats, and even get aboard some of them and talk with their owners. With good music and a wide variety of exceptional food, it has much of the spirit that we always find at Port Townsend's wooden boat festival.

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