The Best Moments Are Born at the 2016 Melbourne Boat Show

The Best Moments Are Born at the 2016 Melbourne Boat Show

17-20 June 2016, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

2016 MBS Banner 2 SMLPicture yourself out on a nice new boat enjoying the blue waters, and soaking in the sun with family and friends.  It’s moments like these that are born at the 2016 Melbourne Boat Show, on this winter from June 17 to 20, 2016 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC).

Organised by the Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV), the Melbourne Boat Show focuses on the boating lifestyle and all the joys of being out in the water.  It expects to be an impressive show of the latest boats and watercraft to suit any lifestyle and budget.  From tinnies to cruisers, jet-skis, wake boats, fishing boats and paddle craft, it will all be there at the Melbourne Boat Show.

Over 100 exhibitors will be at the Show, with the big names from Australia and overseas making their presence known.  Home grown Caribbean will unveil the new 2700 Outboard, while Bar Crusher will have over a dozen of its Fishing Weapons® on display from the popular (C) series up to its (HTP) series.

The international contingent is also well represented with the award winning Axopar 37 Cabin and Sealine C330 sure to impress visitors.  Also on display will be several Beneteau boats, including the Australian debut of the new Beneteau Gran Turismo 40, which will be accompanied by the limited edition model Antares 30s.  Jeanneau will also be making an appearance with the sleek designs of the Merry Fisher 795 and NC9.  Jeanneau will also take the position of sole yacht display at the show with the Sun Odyssey 349.

For enthusiasts of wake boats, the new X26 and NXT Global Edition from MasterCraft will be appearing, fresh from its Australian debut.

“We want visitors to experience all there is to love about the boating life, including the fantastic boats on display, but also finding the best knowledge and advice from professionals of the industry, to complement a safe and positive boating experience,” says Irene Hoe, BIAV President.

Along with the wide variety of boats and watercraft on display at the show, will be a full range of boating accessories/technology, fishing gear/equipment, services and advice on fishing and destinations to complement a newly purchased boat.  It also goes without saying that the Melbourne Boat Show is the place for visitors to go for the best boating advice from top professionals within the industry and where they can take their boating or PWC licence too.

Adding to this experience, there will be the 10 metre long Shimano Fishing Tank on-stage where a host of educational and entertaining interactive activities for families and individuals to take part in.  Adults and kids can try their hand at catching a fish with the family casting clinics both inside the MCEC and outside along the Yarra River.  Kids will be further entertained by Flathead Fred with his fun and exciting fishing show.

There is a notable line-up of presenters on the main-stage, including fishing experts Paul Worsteling of iFish and Lee Rayner of Fishing Fever, to Paul Carter “The Squid King” and Con Panayithes from the show Catch of the Day, to give his insight on the different fish caught out on the Bays and how to prepare and cook them.

“Together with having an enjoyable time, we hope visitors will come away from the 2016 Melbourne Boat Show stocked with all that they need to enjoy the boating,” says Steven Potts, BIAV President.

Visitor information can be found at

2016 Melbourne Boat Show

When:                  June 17 to 20, 2016

Where:                Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Show Hours:      Friday, 17 June                  10.00am – 9.00pm
Saturday, 18 June            10.00am – 9.00pm
Sunday, 19 June               10.00am – 6.00pm
Monday, 20 June             10.00am – 6.00pm

Admission:         Adults (18 years and over) – $20 inc. GST
Two-Day Adult Pass – $30 inc. GST
Family (2 adults with up to 3 kids) – $45 inc. GST
Pension Concession Card Holder/Full-Time Student – $14 inc. GST
Seniors Concession Card Holders – $18 inc. GST
Child (6-17 years) – $3 inc. GST
Child under 5 years – FREE