Spring Bay Maritime & Discovery Centre

Welcome! Our Centre is about celebrating local history and the creative arts in the Spring Bay region of Tasmania’s beautiful east coast. 

The Centre is made up of 3 groups, providing creative, practical and informative spaces for members and visitors to participate in and enjoy.


Maritime Museum

Our Museum celebrates the history and maritime legacy of the Spring Bay region through local history, storytelling events and exhibitions. Among our exhibits are restored small boats made by local boatbuilders of renown and an indigenous bark canoe. We’re open to small groups by appointment. 


Community Shed

Celebrating local wooden
boat-building heritage


Boats that have fallen on hard times are sourced and brought to the Shed


Shed members work together to bring sad old wooden boats back to life


With time, skill and effort, restoration is complete and boats are set to go


We have fun along the way and enjoy getting together to share


Studio & Gallery

The Studio encourages creativity through a vibrant art space, with classes in drawing, painting, printmaking and much more.  The Studio is led by a professional artist.

Open every Monday 9.30am to 1.00pm and through January, when our yearly exhibition is on show. Also open by appointment. Visitors and new members are most welcome. 

What's Happening

News and Events at Spring Bay Maritime & Discovery Centre

Museum upgrade

The Museum is currently undergoing a renewal, featuring more information signage on objects and focusing on local boatbuilders and the boats they constructed, the commercial fishing industry and maritime heritage items. The plan is to complete this project by the end of September 2022.


2021 Exhibition ‘Scape’

The Studio and Gallery’s 2021 exhibition ‘Scape’ opened on 7 January and continued every day throughout the month. It featured large charcoal works on paper, part of a class project, as well as small paintings of interpretive landscape. These works were done in a short time as, like so many, we closed for much of 2020 due to COVID. 

700 local and interstate visitors enjoyed ‘Scape’, down from over 1,100 visitors the previous year as international visitors were of course absent, but in these strange times an amazing response! 

Now that the exhibition has completed, the Studio is back to classwork on Monday mornings 9.30am-1.00pm. All the requisite COVID requirements remain in place, so if you visit you can feel safe to enjoy the works.


Summer Cruise

Our Summer Evening Cruises aboard the Maria Island Ferry (run by Navigator) have been very successful, with everyone experiencing an excellent night’s cruising the waters around the bay and enjoying canapés and bar drinks. This yearly event has raised much needed funds for the Maritime Museum to open and develop our exhibitions, so thanks to all who have supported this fun event to date. Watch this space for the next event!


Working towards the Wooden Boat Festival

Our Shed boat building team Bernard and Chris are working on a beautiful old boat which we are hoping to enter in next years Wooden Boat Festival. If we manage to pull it off, what a wonderful achievement for our Shed as well a great asset. 


A bit more about the Centre

Sue Nettlefold


Greg Crump

Vice President

Trish Kirk

Treasurer / Acting Secretary

Eugene Alexander

Public Officer / Committee rep

Silvia Cleary

Studio rep

Mick Fama

Community Shed rep

We Are Here...

We’re situated on Tasmania’s east coast at the Marina, 17 Esplanade, Triabunna (close by the Maria Island Ferry Terminal)  

Spring Bay Maritime & Discovery Centre Inc
ABN 29 601 920 913

17 Esplanade West, Triabunna, Tasmania 7190
PO Box 264, Orford, Tasmania 7190