our history

The Sydney International Boat Show was launched as a standalone event in 1968. The first boat show site was at the Horden Pavilion at Moore Park, where it remained until 1985.

The show ventured to a temporary facility in Pyrmont from 1986 to 1988, where an on-water component was introduced. These three years laid the foundation for what would be a long stint at the nearby Darling Harbour.

1989 was a milestone year with the opening of the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre. This large, first-class facility had the added benefit of Cockle Bay being a short walking distance. The show grew immensely in Darling Harbour for 25 years until 2013.

The major upgrade of Darling Harbour started soon after the show in 2013, which meant relocating to a temporary facility at Glebe Island for three years from 2014 to 2016.  It also meant a split show, with the now very large and popular marina component in Cockle Bay, and a ferry service transporting show guests between the two locations.

The show returned to Darling Harbour for it’s 50th edition in 2017. Since this time, the undercover displays are located within the spacious International Convention Centre, Sydney, and the spectacular marina displays just minutes away on Cockle Bay.


The Boating Industry Association (BIA) is the peak marine industry body in Australia and the owner of the Sydney International Boat Show. The BIA is an advocate for boaters and supports the safe and responsible enjoyment of recreational boating as a positive and rewarding lifestyle. The BIA aims to strengthen government advocacy and support for members, and expand the opportunities for professional growth and career pathways in the marine industry.

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Mulpha Events

The BIA has appointed Mulpha Events as the Event Delivery Partner for all BIA boat show events across Australia. Mulpha Events has a reputation for producing and delivering some of Australia’s most loved events, including the iconic Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

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When is the show?

Thursday August 1 to Sunday August 4, 2024

Where is the show?

The International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney & Cockle Bay Marina, Darling Harbour.

14 Darling Drive, Sydney

What are the show times?

Thursday to Saturday – 10:00am – 7:00pm

Sunday – 10:00am – 5:00pm


How do I get to the venue?

Located in the heart of Darling Harbour, the ICC Sydney is easily accessible by train, bus, light rail, coach and foot with only a 10-minute walk from Central and Town Hall train stations. Secure parking is available and conveniently located within Darling Harbour precinct. The ICC Sydney has multiple public access points with step-free access to every entertainment, exhibition and conference venue.

Taxis and trains are available to and from the airport. The Sydney Airport is 8kms from the ICC Sydney, with an average drive time of 25 minutes.

For a full list of transport options, please visit the Darling Harbour website.

Can I park at the venue?

The ICC Sydney has 800+ car spaces available for visitors. Vehicle entry height is 2.2m.

Additionally, visitors can make use of a number of secure car parks located in and around Darling Harbour, the closest located at Harbourside Car Park, 100 Murray Street, Pyrmont.

Find more parking on Google Maps.

Where can I buy tickets?

Ticket are only available online. Click here to visit our ticketing page for more information.

Is the show wheelchair friendly?

The venue is wheelchair accessible, although some assistance may be required should you wish to board a particular boat.

Can I bring my own food and drinks?

Alcohol is not permitted to be brought into the show and we request that you refrain from consuming your own food while in the venues, where you can purchase food and beverages.

Is the event pet friendly?

Pets are not permitted, however certified assistance animals are welcomed.

Which exhibitors and brands are participating?

Our 2023 Exhibitor Directory is available here.

Can I apply to exhibit at the show?

Please visit our Exhibit page for all the information.

Where can I view the show maps?

2024 Show Maps will be available closer to the show.

Is the event COVID-safe?

The Sydney International Boat Show will be presented in a COVID-safe format to ensure a safe environment for all staff, exhibitors and attendees. Further details on COVID specific requirements will be in line with the NSW Government’s Public Health Orders at the time of the show.

CLICK HERE to visit the NSW Government’s website for more information.

Where can I see what's on at the show?

A What’s On page will be available closer to the show.

How do I apply for media accreditation?

The Sydney International Boat Show offers Media Accreditation for official media personnel reporting on the event.

If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact our media team:

Email[email protected]
Phone(07) 5577 6011

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