Spring Bay Maritime & Discovery Centre Inc (SMS)

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

SMS 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 artefacts, storytelling events and exhibitions. Among our exhibits are restored small wooden boats, made by local boatbuilders of renown, a rare indigenous bark canoe, navigation artefacts, and Crimean-themed pottery rescued from 1850 shipwreck of the ‘Katherine Shearer’.







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 SMS

Studio Exhibition ‘Off the Wall’

The ‘Off the Wall’ Exhibition opened during Easter and will run for a few weeks more. ‘Off the Wall’ experiments with abstract collage, using black and white painted papers only and featuring places meaningful to the artists. Visitors are also welcome to visit the Studio throughout the year during class times (Mondays 9.30am-1.00pm from February to December 2024) to view artworks both complete and in progress.

Maritime Museum refreshed!

The Maritime Museum underwent a major refresh in 2023, as a tribute to the maritime industry and its people on Tasmania’s east coast. The Museum is focused on local traditional boat building, restoration, and design. This includes the maritime traditions of the First Nations people of the area. Also highlighted are the early whaling industry, and the many shipwrecks and salvage along the east coast.

The Museum is open Mondays and Wednesdays 10.00-2.00pm and for advertised events.

Wooden Boat Restoration

Our Community Shed team, lead by renowned local boat builder Bernard, are working on a beautiful old wooden dinghy that will be a wonderful addition to to our Maritime Museum. Shed members can learn and develop the many skills required to restore such a vessel and enjoy what will be a significant achievement. Previously restored local boats such as ‘Teba’ and ‘Mavis Pearl’ can be viewed in the Maritime Museum.

A bit more about SMS

Sue Nettlefold


Greg Crump

Vice President

Linda Davoren


Trish Kirk


Murray Watson

Community Shed rep

Clive Parr

Community Shed rep

Eugene Alexander

Public Officer / Committee rep

We Are Here...

We’re situated on Tasmania’s east coast on the marina at 17 Esplanade West, Triabunna (near 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