Boaties and outdoor enthusiasts have another reason to celebrate
  |  First Published: March 2014

Organisers of the of the well-known Rosehill Trailer Boat Show have found a new home in the modern facility at Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park.

Having nurtured its roots in the early 1960s at Silverwater Park, a demand for better space saw it move to Rosehill over a decade ago. The move in 2014 to Sydney Showground heralds its next stage of growth, adapting to the growing need for more space and a superior exhibition facility. From now on it will be known as the Sydney Trailerboat & Outdoor Leisure Show.

In a testament of support for the move to Sydney Olympic Park, leading insurance provider Nautilus Marine Insurance immediately offered their support and sponsorship for the event. Through their many sporting and business alliances, Nautilus will be bringing to the show a number of personalities to both entertain and educate their visitors.

Lyndon Turner, the Managing Director of Nautilus, said the show was a perfect fit for their products.

“We believe that good boating is both fun and safe and by nature, and our clients love the outdoors,” he said. “We are looking forward to being at the show and our team will be on hand to help make the event enjoyable for everyone.”

The recreational boating lifestyle encompasses a broad audience with a passion for outdoors and healthy living. In keeping with the organisers’ desire to give everyone access to better understand the opportunities available to them, the event will maintain its free entry for the visiting public.

Located close to Sydney Olympic Park Railway station, public transport provides simple and easy access. An abundance of parking in the surrounding precinct and parking stations offers a low-cost parking solution for those who wish to drive.

The show will operate on the weekend of March 15-16 from 9am to 5pm. The event is expected to attract over 10,000 visitors over the two days.

The event has been owned and run by the Boating Industry Association (BIA) since the early 1960s. The Association’s General Manager, Roy Privett, said the move to Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park would allow the association to better show visitors how good the boating and outdoor lifestyle is.

“Of course, many of our visitors already enjoy boating and the great outdoors,” he said, “and for them they have an opportunity to see what is on offer from the many businesses who will be participating.”

The Supertank and Nautilus Boating Stars

The very popular Supertank will be back to teach both novices and experts alike a trick or two about how to catch that elusive fish of a lifetime. You an see the Supertank team and their performing fish each day at the show.

New to the Supertank will be the Nautilus Boating Stars. These experts have been chosen from a range of boating fields to entertain and educate the crowd.

You will find the Supertank and the Nautilus Boating Stars at the City end of the Exhibition Halls.

Activities around Sydney Olympic Park

Why not make a day of your visit to Sydney Olympic Park? The show opens at 9am and closes at 5pm, so there’s plenty of time to treat the family to fun activities around the precinct before or after you see the show. You can cycle around the Olympic Park’s cycleways, watch the GWS Giants v Sydney Swans (AFL), at 4.40pm on the Saturday, swim at the Aquatic Centre, and more.

Fishing Monthly

Of course, NSW Fishing Monthly will be at the show – it’s one of our best opportunities to catch up with our readers and offer you a little incentive for subscribing.

“This year, anyone who takes a 2-year subscription will take home a free Wilson Blue Steel, 4-piece travel rod,” said Steve Morgan, NSW Fishing Monthly Editor. “The subscription costs $130 and the rod has a RRP of $130, so it’s excellent value for money.”

You’ll catch Steve, Michael and Ryan behind the BlueFin JonBoat that’s used as a front counter of the stand.

Boab – a viable alternative to ownership

Is boat ownership leaving a hole in your pocket? Or maybe you wish you were out on the water instead of watching from the jetty? Boab may be the alternative you’ve been looking for, and there’s no better time to check them out than at the Sydney Trailer Boat & Outdoor Leisure Show on Stand 314.

Boab is not your ordinary boat hire. This unique company allows you to hire trailerable, high-powered vessels, Australia-wide. With 24 locations (10 of which are in NSW) there is no need to worry about towing your own boat thousands of kilometres away on holidays, or hiring an undersized, unsafe tinny. Boab provides locals and tourists alike with an affordable alternative to boat ownership.

Hiring a boat through Boab is as easy. You can opt to tow the boat away yourself, or Boab can deliver the boat to the ramp and have it waiting on the water for you.

Boab offers the choice of several fully equipped, fuel-efficient vessels for both inshore and offshore use. From a 6.5m centre cab with an impressive 150hp Honda, a 5.7m Sports Rider with a 135hp Honda and bow seating, a 5.2m Kimberley All-Rounder suited for any on water activity with a 75hp Honda and a 4.5m runabout which you can hire unlicensed.

Boats are fitted with quality marine electronics, GPS, sounders, live bait tanks, all your safety equipment and other essential equipment to ensure a safe and adventurous day out on the water.


At the Sydney Trailer Boat and Outdoor Expo, Ausmarine will display its range of Seatrail trailers in both galvanised steel and aluminium frame models. Seatrail trailers range from small, lightweight folding models for small tinnies up to heavy roller trailers for 6.5m hulls with 2000kg ATM.

Ausmarine will also have aluminium trailers powder coated in different colours, a new option available should boat owners want to match their trailer to their boat or car paint.

Also on show will be the new, fully galvanised camping 7x4 off-road trailer.

Ausmarine will display its comprehensive range of Seacraft aluminium boats, from 2.1m car toppers to 4.45m open boats.

“We will be releasing some new models in boats,” Ausmarine’s Sancho Kalcev said. “The Navigator 350 is V-nosed car topper, the Profish 420 is a wide-sided fishing boat with a 3mm bottom and carpeted deck, and the Snapper 425 is a deep-V open outside boat that is carpeted and has a 3mm bottom.”

Ausmarine will display its range of Seaking 2-stroke and four-stroke outboards on these boats.

As this show is now an outdoor expo, Ausmarine will also be displaying some of its camper trailers and car trailers. All trailers purchased at the show will include a free spare wheel and carrier. All boat/motor/trailer packages purchased at the show will include free registrations and a bimini.

Hunts Marine

Hunts Marine will again have a huge display of Quintrex aluminium, Cruise Craft and Whittley fibreglass boats on display at the Sydney Trailerboat Expo.

New to the Quintrex range are the feature-packed Renegades. Hunts Marine will have one of every size at the show, as well as one of each configuration of tiller steer, side and centre console.

Visitors can also check out the impressive 685 Cruise Craft Explorer Hardtop powered by the new 250hp Suzuki with fly by wire controls. A complete range of Whittley Cruisers as well as the 22 Sealegend fishing machine will also be there.

In the meantime you can view the full Hunts Marine range of Quintrex, Bayliner, Whittley, Cruise Craft, and Smartwave boats packaged up with your choice of Suzuki, Yamaha and E-Tec motors at www.huntsmarine.com.au.

TR Marine World

All TR Marine World’s major brands will be on display at the Sydney Trailerboat Show, including Quintrex, Yellowfin, Savage Fibreglass, Camero, Crownline, and Mastercraft ski and wake boats. TR’s promise is that they won’t be beaten on a deal, and the boat show gives visitors a great opportunity to take advantage of special offers on all stock boats.

GME launches the GX800 and GX850

Leading safety, communication and entertainment manufacturer GME will be attending the Sydney Trailerboat and Outdoor Leisure Show to demonstrate their newly released, feature-packed handheld VHF marine radios. With a stylish white and grey colour scheme, the GX800 and GX850 stand out from the crowd. Features such as Digital Selective Calling and inbuilt GPS make these much more than just a communication tool – they are an essential safety device for boat owners.

Built to withstand the harsh marine environment, the GX800 and GX850 are waterproof to the IP67 standard, and feature a large backlit LCD display. If either model is accidentally dropped overboard, it will float to the surface with the bright LCD flashing to make location and retrieval an easy task.

The GX850 features Digital Selective Calling (DSC) and a 48 channel GPS receiver, enabling users to transmit urgent or important information direct to another DSC radio. In times of an emergency, DSC can be used to alert all radios within range of the distress. It even has a Man Over Board (MOB) alert.

Drop in to see these and other GME products at the Blake’s Marine stand at the show.

Watersports Marine

Watersports Marine is an authorised dealer for Mercury outboards, MerCruiser sterndrives and inboard engines, Mercury Hi-Performance products, Surtees plate aluminium boats as well as Rival and Savage craft.

Watersports is the largest Surtees plate alloy boat dealer in NSW (and the only one in Sydney) and currently has in stock a wide range of boats, from the smallest 4.85 to a fully-optioned enclosed-cab 6.7 Gamefisher.

Owner Anthony McEnnally opened the business in 1998 and it has continued to grow since day one, taking out many awards for sales and service excellence. Staff have a combined total of more than 75 years’ experience in the marine industry.

Watersports Marine will display a large selection of Surtees boats at the show, including the 4.85 Workmate, 5.5 Centre Console, 5.5 Workmate Hard Top, 5.5 Workmate, 5.8 Workmate, 6.1 Gamefisher Hardtop, 6.1 Workmate, 6.7 Gamefisher Hardtop Enclosed Cabin. Surtees boats are renowned for their high quality, stability, safety, and practical features.

In the early 1990 Neil Surtees decided to design and build himself an aluminium boat for fishing off the Whakatane coast in New Zealand. Locals were so impressed they asked him to build boats for them and Surtees now employs more than 40 people and builds 300 boats a year for anglers in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific.


Raymarine will be represented at the Sydney Trailerboat and Outdoor Leisure Show by Bias Boating Warehouse and Blakes Marine.

On display will be the award-winning Dragonfly Sonar/GPS. View the world beneath your boat with the photo-like clarity of CHIRP DownVision sonar, the first high-resolution imaging sonar for anglers to use CHIRP technology. Dragonfly's dual channel CHIRP technology lets you explore structure and target fish like never before. Dragonfly comes complete with Raymarine's exclusive new dual-beam CHIRP transducer.

The combination of CHIRP and Downvision sonar is now available in aSeries too. The aSeries MFDs feature Raymarine’s LightHouse User Interface and offer advanced navigation, sonar, and network capabilities in a compact, full-featured touchscreen display.

An angler’s dream to use, the new a78 (7”) and a68 (5.7”) are engineered for freshwater and coastal fishing.  The a68 and a78 use CHIRP and Downvision sonar technology to deliver realistic, photo-like images of the underwater world, seeing fish and structure with absolute clarity.

All the aSeries models, whether MFD, MFD with built-in sonar or MFD with CHIRP Downvision, are now available in a Wi-Fi version.  Raymarine mobile apps can be downloaded to smartphones and tablets which can then be used to access Wi-Fi-equipped a Series MFDs, giving boaters full access and control of charts, sonar, radar and more – from anywhere on board.



Dates: 15-16 March, 2014 (Saturday – Sunday)

Hours: 9am - 5pm

Location: Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, Australia

Entry fee: Free



Sydney Olympic Park is conveniently serviced by bus, train, taxi and ferry services. The site was purpose built for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and has been designed to cope effortlessly with high volumes of visitors.

By Train

Olympic Park train station is on Sydney Showground’s doorstep. The Sprint service, operated by CityRail, travels between Lidcombe and Olympic Park Stations daily, every 10 minutes.

By Bus

Sydney Buses operate direct bus services to Sydney Olympic Park from a number of locations including Lidcombe, Strathfield and Parramatta.

By Ferry

Sydney Ferries run a daily service between Circular Quay and Parramatta stopping at Sydney Olympic Park Ferry Wharf. To travel to Sydney Showground, visitors must also catch a connecting bus.

By Car

Sydney Olympic Park is easily approached by road, with the M4, Victoria Road and Parramatta Road in close proximity. Parking is available at multiple locations in Sydney Olympic Park. Discounted pre-paid options are available.

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