Hunter Valley Steamfest Now On in July

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Hunter Valley Steamfest is back for 2022! This popular festival of all things steam is set to celebrate its landmark 35th anniversary in July (rescheduled from 9 & 10 April due to the ground conditions).

The event sponsored by Burton Automotive will be held on the weekend of 30 and 31 July 2022 and is expected to once again attract tens of thousands of people to Maitland, with one of Australia’s most loved locomotives – the iconic 3801 – making its first Steamfest appearance since a decade long restoration

Hunter Valley Steamfest

This year’s event will include an expanded program that stretches into the night, with diverse activities honouring the Hunter’s rich steam and industrial heritage and activities that appeal to enthusiasts of all ages. On Saturday night, stick around to enjoy amusement rides, live music, food, other activities and all things steam right up until 9pm.

Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest will host a range of activities suitable for kids and families.


Hunter Valley Steamfest Maitland

Go on a train journey as part of your Steamfest experience. Take a historic journey between Newcastle Interchange and Maitland on Locomotive 6029. Offered as a one-way trip, this excursion is a perfect way to get to Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest. This journey is pulled by steam from Newcastle to Maitland and pulled by diesel from Maitland to Newcastle. One-way tickets are $28 for adults, $26 for kids and $24 for kids under 5. A family is $94. You can also do a scenic return trip north to the historic town of Paterson or do a return trip west for a glimpse of Hunter Valley Wine Country through the towns of Lochinvar, Allandale and Greta.


An exciting addition to the kids activities this year is ‘Painting a Portable’. The team at  Steamfest have been given an old Steam Portable engine, thanks to the Maitland Steam and Antique Machinery Association that will allow kids creative flair to fly and use their craft skills to decorate the portable over the weekend at Steamfest.


Carnival Lane will be packed with all of your kids favourite carnival rides and for a Steamfest first will be operating until 9pm!


A favourite for the kid’s on the Rally Ground is our Steamfest Coal Shovelling Races. Kids will be put into teams and will have to tackle a course in a relay!


Another crowd favourite at Steamfest is our trackless train, the perfect way to make your way through the entire Rally Ground. 


The highlight of the Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest program, is the ARTC Great Train Race – Quad Run which will feature steam locomotives 3801, 6029 with two more locomotives to be announced running parallel together whilst racing a Tiger Moth aeroplane. It’s always a fun thing to watch if you can’t get tickets on the participating steam locomotives.

Tickets for Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest 2022 train journeys are on sale now. For more information, visit the Steamfest website.

Want more inspiration for family fun in the Hunter Valley? Check out our article 15+ Things to Do in Hunter Valley with Kids.

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