The 2018 Adelaide Boat Show showcases the latest boats, equipment and services, and features plenty of opportunities to learn and share knowledge across all aspects of recreational boating. Here’s a run-down of what’s on at this year’s show.


Each year people visit the Boat Show to buy their first boat. The show is a great forum to help people of all ages understand how they can get into boating, and have their questions answered along the way.

If you are in the market for your first boat, visit the My First Boat precinct to receive some obligation free boat buying tips from independent advisors, and to learn how to make the most of your time at the Boat Show.

Fishing Masterclasses

Bringing to the show an element of interaction and entertainment, the much-loved fishing stage returns with a fresh new lineup and of course lots of tips and tricks that otherwise might take years to learn.

Fishing masterclasses will run for three hours each day of the show and are included in the ticket price. Danny Simpson fishes the deep blue SA waters out of the Southern Yorke Peninsula, and will present the Tuna Masterclasses each day. Whilst Michael Wilson talks about fishing the mighty Murray River, including landing Murray Cod, Callop, Redfin and other freshwater species. Mark O’Connell, who has fished for snapper in SA gulfs and surrounding waters for many years presents his best advice when going after a big red, and Greg James brings his nearly 50 years of recreational fishing experience to the show, particularly when adding King George Whiting to the catch.

All entry tickets to the show are $10, with children 16 years of age and under admitted free, when accompanied by an adult.


Indoor Proving Pond

Our giant 130,000 cubic metre ‘try before you buy’ proving pond returns to the Adelaide Boat Show, demonstrating the latest watercraft.

The indoor pond will also host kids bumper boats, these are included in the cost of the show. Adult tickets are only $10 and kids 16 and under entry free when accompanied by an adult.

Boat Licensing

Organised by North Haven Coast Guard and SA Sea Rescue, who will both have displays inside the Boating Safety Zone, sit your recreational boat licensing exam at the show.

The exam costs $40 and I.D. is required for proof of age, exam revision material is provided but thorough knowledge prior to sitting the exam is advised.

A junior license for 12 to 16 year olds (please bring proof of age) is also available for $15, juniors are required to sit an exam and take part in an on water test prior to collecting their license.