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Boat Shows In Australia

Marine & Boat Trade Shows in Australia

Marine and boat trade shows are a fixture in the Australian boating scene.

In fact, public exhibitions are scheduled in the country whole-year round! If you live in WA, QLD, NSW, or SA, here is a list of the marine and boat trade shows that occur within your respective states.

SA Boat and Fishing Show

October 26-28 2018: The world-class SA Boat & Fishing Show will be showcasing the best in boating and fishing that South Australia has to offer.

The attractions and entertainment will run non-stop from 9 AM to 5 PM at the Adelaide Showground in Goodwood, Wayville. Some of the boating exhibitors include Adelaide Canoe Works, Elite Ski Boats, Lonsdale Marine, and Yamaha Pitmans Marine.

Given the volume of visitors expected, public catering, private parents room, ATMs, public telephones, and ramps/lifts for disabled visitors will be provided. There are also more than 2,000 parking spaces available for a small fee. Driving visitors can easily access the venue via Goodwood Road, Anzac Highway or Greenhill Road.

Tickets are priced at $18 for adults, $9 for children 12-15 yrs old, and FREE for children below 12 yrs old. Concession price is at $14.

Rosehill Trailer Boat Show

06 – 07/04/2019: In NSW, the next boat exhibition to look forward to at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse along James Ruse Dr in Rosehill. It’s called the Rosehill Trailer Boat Show, and it’s absolutely FREE! The event will highlight water adventures including kayaks, fishing boats, canoes, and tinnies.

One of the much-awaited parts of the Rosehill Trailer Boat Show is the return of Mega Fishing Tank –the largest fishing demonstration tank in all of Australia. This tank is 21 metres in length and contains about 14,500 litres of water and live fishes for educational and entertainment purposes. If you want to learn how to catch different fishes using varieties of lures, then this event for you is a must for you.

Brisbane Boat Show

One of the most awaited marine and boat trade shows in Brisbane is arriving in two days at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in South Bank.

Brisbane Boat Show will be exhibiting locally and internationally produced boats and water vessels, as well as the gears and equipment you need. See major suppliers display their new releases and exclusive deals that are only available on the show.

A Boating Safety Zone, and educational and interactive area where visitors can get information and advice about keeping the waterways safe, protecting the marine environment and making better boating experiences will be set up for the show. The Boating Safety Zone will be hosted by Marine Safety QLD, with participation from QLD Boating and Fisheries Patrol, Brisbane Water Police, Coastguard, and QLD Parks and Wildlife.

The ticket price for adults is $15, $5 for children, and $12 for senior citizens and pensioners. A special pricing of $35 is available for families and all tickets after 5 PM are just $5. There are 4,500 parking spots on site, so go ahead and bring the whole family to enjoy the show.

Perth International Boat Show

21 – 24/09/2018: Perth residents, your turn to see a live exhibition of different boats and marine vessels is coming up next month!

The new Club Marine Perth International Boat Show will be held at Perth Convention Exhibition Centre (PCEC) and nearby Elizabeth Quay Waterfront Complex. It is a major boating show in all of WA and will feature the gorgeous Swan River.

Visitors can expect different exhilarating activities and attractions for the enjoyment of the whole family. You can also see new boats on display from various exhibitors like West Coast Suzuki Marine and LeisureCat Australia (big boats), Hobie Asia Pacific (canoes and kayaks), Seadoo Sports and Leisure (jet ski), and Aquasports Marine (trailer boats).

If you are coming from places outside of WA, there are hotels walking distance from the venue where you can stay for the duration of the boat show. Cafes, bars and restaurants line both PCEC and Elizabeth Quay, along with other facilities to make your stay more enjoyable.

Get a Pre-approved Boat Loan

If you intend to make a purchase in any of these marine and boat trade shows, it’s best that you already have a pre-approved boat loan on hand. Being able to demonstrate your buying power will give you the confidence to negotiate a better deal for the boat you pick.

Get your pre-approved boat loan now at Boat Finance by calling 1 300 880 883 or apply online and one of our loan experts will assist you.

Boat Safety Tips

Boat Safety Tips

Like any water activity, boating comes with its own risks and dangers. We can’t stress it enough: the open waters must always be treated with the utmost caution and respect. That said, boating is a relatively safe hobby that can be both fun and be fulfilling – as long as you operate by the rules. As a beginner, we know you can’t wait to have fun and we’re excited for you! But before you sail away, here are some basic boat safety guidelines to learn. Continue reading

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How to Maintain and Care for Your Boat Trailer

Boat enthusiasts often focus their efforts on taking care of their vessels. It’s not surprising given how much leisure boats cost nowadays. However, there is also one thing that requires good maintenance if you want to be successful in boating, and that is the boat trailer. Just like with your car and boat, you need to prolong its life so you can save a lot of cash in the long run. We listed some tips on how to maintain and care for your boat trailer. Continue reading

Gold Coast Boat Show

Riviera Boat Show To Replace Gold Coast International Boat Show and Marine Expo

The organizers of Gold Coast International Boat Show and Marine Expo announced that its scheduled boat show will no longer push through. The boating event, which was supposed to run on March 2018, will now be replaced by the 2018 Riviera and Belize Festival of Boating.

Formerly known as Gold Coast Marine Expo, the Gold Coast International Boat Show and Marine Expo started seven years ago and has since greeted more than 140,000 Queensland boating enthusiasts. Continue reading

Winterising Your Boat

Winter BoatAustralia really is the lucky country – it’s warm enough to keep boating all year round if you really want to.

While it may not actually freeze in winter, many boating enthusiasts tend to take winter off. Usually because the conditions aren’t ideal or they have other winter interests.

If you know it’s going to be a while before you’re likely to get back out on the water, winter can be an ideal time to do some necessary boat maintenance as you winterise it for storage. Use the guide below to help you keep your boat in good condition during the winter months and perhaps even save a bit of money. Continue reading

What To Add To Your Boat’s First Aid Kit

Marine First Aid KitsSafety is always an important part of boating, whether you’re zooming along at high speeds, heading out deep sea, or just doing some casual fishing in lakes and rivers. While all boats need a first aid kit, sometimes the specific marine first aid kits can be a bit pricey, so people just settle for a regular first aid kit.

Whether you have a standard first aid kit on your boat or you want to upgrade your marine first aid kit, there are plenty of things you can add to deal with the illness and injuries that are likely to occur out on the water. Continue reading