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steamfest back on track

celebrating 35 years of burton automotive
hunter valley steamfest

30 and 31 july 2022

Maitland will welcome visitors from far and wide to experience all things steam, at the Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest – one of Australia’s premier festivals of steam. Steamfest features a diverse program of family friendly entertainment.

Enjoy live music, roving performance, historic heritage walks, market stalls, gourmet food stalls and more.The heart and soul of Steamfest is its impressive assembly of steam trains. Take a ride on one of the many unique train trips on the ARTC Rail Program visiting various Hunter destinations.

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. The annual Show ‘n’ Shine is an impressive showcase of motoring history, bringing Maitland Park to life on Sunday 31 July with over 500 classic cars, food stalls, live rock ‘n’ roll entertainment and fun for the whole family.On top of all that don’t miss the vintage diesel rides, steampunkers, market stalls, road steam, mini steam train rides, face painting, live and roving entertainment and kid’s activities.

Why not make it a long weekend and check out the Maitland Gaol, or the historic township of Morpeth.





Head west for a glimpse of Hunter Valley Wine Country through the towns of Lochinvar, Allandale and Greta.

Port Waratah Coal Loop

Back by popular demand, this is a real treat for all steam enthusiasts. The Port Waratah Coal journey will start…


Take a scenic trip north to the historic town of Paterson.


Locomotive 3801

After returning to the tracks in 2020, 3801 is arguably Australia's most loved steam locomotive.

Locomotive 5917

5917 was built in 1952 by American company Baldwin Locomotive Works.

Locomotive R766

R 766 was commissioned in 1952 as one of 70 members of the Victorian Railway’s R-class 4-6-4 ‘Hudson’ main line…


Show n Shine

An annual feature of Steamfest, held in Maitland Park on the Sunday, the Show ‘n’ Shine is a spectacular display of motoring history. Featuring over 500 cars of all makes…

The Rally Ground

The Rally Ground is a steam enthusiasts dream, a bustling hive of activity, showcasing engineering ingenuity across a range of machinery from the era of steam. With specialty steam and…