Boxing Day Woodchopping Carnival

Possibly Australia’s longest-running sporting carnival

Every year on Boxing Day the Port Arthur Historic Site is very pleased to host the Port Arthur Woodchops. We understand this is one, and possibly THE longest running, sports carnival in Australia.

Our research has shown that the Boxing Day festival has received over 15,000 newspaper entries over the last century or so.

These reports have also reinforced that for many years the festival involved more than just wood chopping. Activities have included footraces, jumping, athletics, stalls, bike races, shot put, cricket ball throwing, nail driving, three-legged races and even dances.

In conjunction with the Wood Chop organisers and our Community Advisory Committee, the Port Arthur Historic Site has decided to reintroduce some of these ‘traditional’ events. It should be a great day for the kids, with a range of races, including the well loved egg-and-spoon race,

Check back closer to Christmas for up to the minute details of this year’s event.