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11 & 12 September 2021

Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest will celebrate its 35th anniversary on 11 – 12 September.

Hunter Valley Steamfest, is one of Australia’s premier festivals of steam attracting tens of thousands of people each year, celebrating Maitland’s rich steam and industrial heritage.

Steamfest was 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, and the event pays homage to the end of an industrial era and the men and women involved in its operation.

Steamfest is the largest annual event in the city’s event calendar and traditionally attracts over 50,000 people to central Maitland.

The event features a diverse program of fun and family friendly entertainment including historic steam train trips, vintage machinery displays and demonstrations, live music, interactive heritage walks and displays, vintage car display, market stalls, food stalls, steampunkers, mini steam train rides, kid’s activities and more.

Be sure to shop our official Steamfest merchandise. 

Steam Trains

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.

Antique Machinery

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 including traction and portable engines.

Show 'n' Shine

The annual Show ‘n’ Shine is an impressive showcase of motoring history, bringing Maitland Park to life on Sunday 12 September 2021 with over 500 classic cars, food stalls, live music and fun for the whole family.