Antique Machinery
Traction and portable engines, corn shillers and everything in between.
Show 'N' Shine
A Steamfest favourite with over 600 classic cars on display.
Image Gallery
A collection of photos taken in recent years.
Train trips to destinations across the Hunter Valley.



Steamfest returns for another year, celebrating Maitland’s rich steam and industrial heritage.

2016 marks the 30th anniversary of Steamfest, which has cemented itself as Australia’s premier festival of steam, attracting tens of thousands of people each year.

Established in 1986 following the closure of the last coal operated steam hauled freight service in Australia on the South Maitland Railway Line in 1983, Steamfest pays homage to the end of an industrial era and the men and women involved in its operation.

Today, Steamfest provides a fun and family friendly look into days gone by with a diverse program including historic steam train trips, vintage machinery displays and demonstrations, live music, interactive heritage walks and displays, vintage car display, market stalls, food stalls, kid’s activities and more.


The heart and soul of Steamfest is its impressive assembly of steam trains. Be part of the annual Great Train Race or take a ride on one of the many unique train trips visiting various Hunter destinations, including the famous Barrington Bullet.


See how things were done in days gone by at the interactive Rally Ground display, featuring a vast array of antique machinery from all over Australia, from traction and portable engines to corn shillers and everything in between.


The annual Show ‘n’ Shine is an impressive showcase of motoring history, bringing Maitland Park to life on Sunday 10 April with over 600 classic cars on display, food stalls, live rock ‘n’ roll entertainment and fun for the whole family.


The 30th annual Steamfest features a diverse program of family friendly entertainment. Enjoy live music, roving performance, historic heritage walks, over 100 market stalls, gourmet food stalls and more.

Tickets for steam journeys will be on sale in February 2016.