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Narooma Boats Afloat Nov 11th to 13th : Grand Parade Sunday 13th Nov 2022 10.30 AM

Photos: Narooma Boats Afloat

The Narooma Boats Afloat Festival returns November 11th to 13th. The organisers say to the 40 or more boat owners who are now registered to a sell out weekend:

"The weekend provides an ideal opportunity for traditional boat owners to catch up with old friends and acquaintances, to share experiences, to compare notes and to show off their hard work restoring and maintaining their treasured traditional boats. Our welcoming and friendly local boating enthusiasts will ensure participants enjoy the weekend on our pristine and now famous waterways".



  • Roughly 11am till 1pm - Come to the Narooma Marina in Forsters Bay and have a good sticky-beak at the boats and perhaps meet some owners and find out about the joy of owning a traditional boat!

  • 11am till 5pm nearby in the Narooma Fishing CLub enjoy the MACS Art Exhibition

  • 12 till 1 pm enjoy LIVE Jazz featuring the famous "JAZZ ALLEY"

  • You can also enjoy coffee and food from the wonderful SALT CAFE at the Marina


  • 10am - Boats depart Forsters Bay for the famous "GRAND PARADE", led this year by the winner of our Malcolm McKay Best Boat Award. The Fleet will head down the channel, under the bridge and parade around the Mill Bay Boardwalk for the crowds to see. Arrival time at the Boardwalk will depend on tide and weather conditions.

Narooma Boats Afloat is a weekend of fun for all those who love old boats when Narooma comes alive with good camaraderie and a display of wonderful boats From clinkers and putt-putts to launches, cruisers and yachts Narooma Boats Afloat celebrates Traditional Boats in all their varied forms. In spring every year since 2006 a weekend festival is held on and around the pristine waters and colourful boatsheds of Wagonga Inlet. Entry is free and is open to any traditional style boat – Putt Putts, Steam, Sail, Rowing and Kayaks. Each year they provide a relaxed program of boating activities on the crystal clear waters of Wagonga Inlet, so don't miss it!

For the participants there is a Friday welcome bbq, a Saturday cruise, then a jazz band and a stickybeak session for Saturday afternoon... an awesomely delicious Saturday night dinner and an incredible auction... and then hundreds of onlookers turn out to watch the "Grand Parade" along Narooma's pristine Wagonga Inlet under the bridge and along the Boardwalk that sees the weekend finish with a fantastic farewell bbq and a diehards' cruise...

Above: Some of the Fleet - photo


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