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Calling All Vintage Boats

The Shoalhaven River Festival is looking for vintage boats to be part of the next event to be held in late October 2025!

An integral part of our festival, the vintage boats parade on both days down the Shoalhaven River around the festival precinct with the option of participating in a leisurely cruise to Greenwell Point.

The Festival kicks off at 11am with the famous Nowra CBD street parade showcasing our community groups and local businesses on various vehicles and street floats. Following the parade, the festival moves on to the southern banks of the beautiful Shoalhaven River with live entertainment, market stallsriver activities, kids amusements, a marina expo, the arts precinct and an exciting Saturday night fireworks display. On Sunday the fun continues on the shores of the River with more river activities, entertainment. 

The marina side of the festival will commence on Saturday afternoon and depending on numbers will continue until Sunday afternoon. There will be two parades of Vintage Boats on Saturday afternoon with an additional parade at night prior to the fireworks display. Vintage Boat owners are encouraged to switch on their navigation lights and all the additional lights that can fitted on the boat and add to the spectacular of the night parade prior to the fireworks display.

Subject to confirmation, Day 2, on Sunday will be a leisurely cruise for the Vintage Boats down the Shoalhaven River from the marina to the boat ramp at Greenwell Point; the journey is expected to take two hours each way. If you don’t want to participate in the cruise on Sunday or for that matter the Vintage Boat parades on Saturday just come along moor your boat in the marina and put your boat on display so the public can admire a Vintage Boat and you can soak up the atmosphere of a spectacular festival.  A final decision about the date/s and festival program won’t be known until early 2025 when final committee decisions are made. The community will be kept informed as planning continues for the next event. Any questions about the next festival can also be made by emailing us.

There will be a marina established on the Nowra side of the Shoalhaven River with launching facilities at Greys Beach on the opposite side of the river. Security will be in place on the marina during the event.

There is no registration fee for Vintage Boats but we need to know who is attending so we can plan to have adequate marina space. The registration forms are available on the Marine Expo Registration page.

Please contact Craig Lewis on 0418747427 and he will arrange to send you a copy of the registration form and / or answer any questions you may have.

Cormorant Launch
Cormorant Launch

 

Minnie the Moocher Sail boat-1
Minnie the Moocher Sail Boat

 

Anne Marie Sailing Boat
Anne Marie Sailing Boat

 

Merlin Steam Launch
Merlin Steam Launch

 

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