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About Tawe Nunnugah

About Tawe Nunnugah

"tawe nunnugah"  means “going” by “canoe” in the local Aboriginal language.  The event took the name to honor the first navigators of southern Tasmanian waters.   Every two years keen adventurers set off from Recherche Bay in the far south of Tasmania to row and sail to Hobart , more than 100 nautical miles away, in a fleet of small boats. This expedition over 10 days (28th January - 6th February) takes participants along some of Tasmania’s beautiful and unique coastline, from the wild south and along the spectacular and historic D’Entrecasteux Channel and up the Huon River before entering the Derwent River to Hobart.  This arrival coincides with the start of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival  .  This year there is a second leg to expedition.  After the completion of the festival those who wish to can join a three day  'cruise in company' to the St Ayles Skiff Championships at Franklin, the home of the Living Boat Trust.

There is a beautiful and evocative DVD of the 2007 Tawe Nunnugah made by David Perez:  see the trailer.

In 2015 the participation fee for the first leg of tawe nunnugah (Recherche to Hobart) is $120 per day, which includes meals. A limited number of places are available for those willing to work as directed half time on the jobs such as land transport, kitchen duties etc at $55 per day. The boat registration fee is $80, which does NOT include registration with the Australian Wooden Boat Festival. If you wish to register your boat with the AWBF, do so at

The Tawe Nunnugah ‘Raid’ has been organised bi-annually by the Living Boat Trust since 2005. The Living Boat Trust (LBT) is an incorporated non-profit community association based in Franklin on the banks of the Huon River in southern Tasmania. It aims to maintain traditional boat building, repairing, rowing and sailing skills.

Subpages (1): TN2007 Trailer