The 2016 Brisbane Boat Show in Queensland, Australia is returning to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in Southbank on Friday when it opens for a three-day run. Last year’s event was held over four days at the Brisbane Showgrounds in Bowen Hills.

“With Australia’s recreational boating headquarters and manufacturing hub at Brisbane’s doorstep, visitors can be assured that the industry will put its best foot forward for this show,” says Howard Glenn, national CEO of Australia’s Boating Industry Association (BIA). “Boat manufacturing plays a big part of the Queensland economy and this event is symbolic of the quality and ingenuity that Australia has to offer.”

Over 70 organisations will be presenting an array of boating products, including fishing, waterskiing, wake boarding, personal water craft, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boards as well as others. Taking centre stage will be the ever more popular family cruisers.

“Boating has seen its share of activity-specific boats over the years, but the increase in popularity of boating as a family activity has seen the need to evolve our boating designs to be multi-purpose,” Glenn adds. “Fishing one day, family cruising the next.”

This year's event will also host a Boating Safety & Education Zone with representatives from Maritime Safety Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, SEQwater, Queensland Water Police, Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol, and the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard on hand to answer any questions or help with assistance.

The 2016 Brisbane Boat Show runs from August 19-21 and is owned and operated by the Boating Industry Association of Australia.