The Sydney International Boat Show was launched as a standalone event in 1968. Prior to this it was common for boats to be displayed as part of a motor show or at the Royal Easter Show.
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. The halls leaked and the marina was rickety, but nevertheless 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 big, first-class facility had the added benefit of Cockle Bay being a short walking distance. The show grew tremendously in Darling Harbour for 25 years until 2013.
The major upgrade of Darling Harbour started soon after our 2013 show. The next three years of 2014 to 2016 meant another temporary facility, this time located at Glebe Island. 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.
For the 50th Sydney International Boat Show in 2017, we returned fully to Darling Harbour. Again in 2018, the undercover displays are located within the vast International Convention Centre – Sydney, and the spectacular marina displays just minutes away on Cockle Bay.
You will see below using 2017 maps, the locations that are occupied by the Show within the ICC and Cockle Bay: Cockle Bay Marina (Darling Harbour), Lower Level 1 (downstairs in ICC) and Upper Level 4 (upstairs in ICC & open air event deck). 50 Shows – Our Venues
1968 – 1985 – Moore Park 1986 – 1988 – Maritime Sheds Pyrmont 1989 – 2013 – Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre – Darling Harbour 2014 – 2016 – Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island 2017 – International Convention Centre – Sydney 2018 – International Convention Centre – Sydney Future Show Dates
2019 – 1st to 5th August 2020 – 30th July to 3rd August 2021 – 29th July to 2nd August 2022 – 28th July to 1st August 2023 – 27th July to 3rd August 2024 – 1st August to 5th August 2025 – 31st July to 4th August 2026 – 30th July to 3rd August 2027 – 29th July to 2nd August 2028 – 3rd August to 7th August 2029 – 2nd August to 6th August 2030 – 1st August to 5th August 2031 – 31st July to 4th August 2032 – 29th July to 2nd August 2033 – 28th July to 1st August 2034 – 3rd August to 7th August 2035 – 2nd August to 6th August
BIA is committed to delivering boat shows and boating lifestyle events in the future, subject to necessary approvals under COVID restrictions.