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Hunter Valley Steamfest 2024

Maitland Railway Station

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Start both days 09:00
Finish Saturday 21:00
Finish Sunday 16:00

Important travel advice

Attendees are encouraged to plan their trip and consider all the available travel options ahead of time.

The closest station to the Steamfest is Maitland on the NSW TrainLink Hunter line. Additional services will be running to help you get to and from the event.

When catching public transport, plan ahead, allow extra time. Traffic will be heavier than usual on roads approaching the event site so allow extra travel time. You can find real-time updates on traffic conditions at livetraffic.com.

Opal

You can use an Opal card for all modes of public transport in Sydney and surrounding regions, including metro, trains, buses, ferries and light rail.

Remember to top up your Opal card before you travel to avoid waiting in line at top-up machines. You can top up your card online or at an Opal retailer.

More ways to pay

If you have a contactless-enabled American Express, Mastercard or Visa debit or credit card, or a linked device, you can use it to pay for your travel by tapping on and tapping off at Opal card readers. Available on all public transport, contactless payments are another way to pay on the Opal network. Adult Opal fare pricing applies and you will receive Opal benefits, including daily and weekly fare caps.

Sydney Metro services are high-frequency, driverless trains running between Tallawong Station and Chatswood Station.

Metro services start from the early morning running every 10 minutes until late. Change at Epping for train connections towards Central to connect with trains on the Hunter Line.  

For Metro service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

The closest station to the Steamfest is Maitland on the NSW TrainLink Hunter Line. Trains run regularly on weekends with additional services to help you get to and from the event.

Additional trains will run to help you get to and from the event:

  • From Newcastle Interchange stopping all stations to Maitland: leaving at 8:31am, 9:37am, 10:29am, 11:27am, 12:29pm, 1:29pm, 2:34pm, 3:29pm and 4:29pm.
  • From Telarah to Maitland: leaving at 9:29am,10:29am, 11:29am, 12:29pm, 1:29pm, 2:24pm, 3:29pm.
  • From Maitland stopping all stations to Newcastle Interchange: leaving at 4:31pm and 5:36pm.

Trackwork

Weekend trackwork is taking place from 2am Saturday 13 April to 2am Monday 15 April on the following lines and may affect how you travel to the event. Plan ahead using the Trip Planner.

  • Metro North West: Buses replace metro services between Tallawong and Chatswood. Trackwork on the T1 North Shore Line may also affect how you travel. Change at Epping for trains towards the City via Strathfield.
  • T1 North Shore Line: Buses replace trains between Hornsby and Wynyard. Change at Wynyard for a City Circle train or the light rail. T9 Northern Line trains run to a changed timetable between Berowra or Hornsby and Central, platforms 1-12, via Strathfield. The light rail runs in both directions between Circular Quay, Wynyard, Town Hall and Central.
  • T1 Western Line: Trains run between Penrith and Central, platforms 1-12, and make an extra stop at Flemington. Richmond trains run to a changed timetable and stopping pattern between Richmond and Leppington. Change trains at Parramatta to continue your journey towards the City. On Sunday from 3am to 9am, and 8:30pm to 2am, buses replace trains between Parramatta and Olympic Park. Trains run to a changed timetable between Penrith, Richmond and Leppington, and between Olympic Park and Central or the City. Change at Parramatta for buses towards Olympic Park.
  • T2 Inner West & Leppington Line: Trains run to a changed timetable between Leppington and Ashfield or the City via Granville. On Saturday from 6.30am to 10.30am, Inner West trains run between Ashfield and the City only. Leppington trains stop at Homebush, Croydon and Ashfield. You may need to change trains to continue your journey. On Sunday from 4am to 9am, and 8:30pm to 2am, trains run to a changed timetable between Leppington and Penrith or Richmond, and between Olympic Park and the City. Buses replace trains between Parramatta and Olympic Park. Change at Glenfield for trains to the City via the Airport, or change at Parramatta for buses towards Olympic Park.
  • T3 Bankstown Line: Buses replace trains between Cabramatta, Lidcombe and Sydenham. You may need to change buses to continue your journey. Some T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line trains make extra stops at St Peters and Erskineville. On Sunday from 4am to 9am buses also replace trains between Lidcombe and Olympic Park.
  • T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line: All Cronulla and some Waterfall trains make extra stops at St Peters and Erskineville. Daily from 8am to 8pm, extra trains run between Hurstville and Bondi Junction.
  • T5 Cumberland Line: Extra trains run between Leppington and Richmond or Penrith.
  • T7 Olympic Park Line: On Sunday from 4am to 9am buses replace trains between Olympic Park and Lidcombe, with some buses continuing to Parramatta. Trains run between Olympic Park and the City. On Sunday 8.30pm to 2am, trains run between Olympic Park and Lidcombe, and between Olympic Park and the City, but buses replace T1 Western and T2 Leppington Line trains between Olympic Park and Parramatta.
  • T9 Northern Line: Some trains run to a changed timetable and stopping pattern. Daily until 8am, trains run between Berowra and Central, platforms 1-12, or between Hornsby and Epping only. Daily from 8am, trains run between Berowra or Hornsby and Central, platforms 1-12 only.
  • Blue Mountains Line: On Sunday from 4am to 9am and 9pm to 2am, trains run between Blue Mountains Line stations and Blacktown only, due to trackwork between Parramatta and Olympic Park. Change at Penrith for express buses to Olympic Park. Buses also replace T1 Western Line trains between Parramatta and Olympic Park. Trains from Blacktown towards Blue Mountains Line stations leave 30 minutes later than normal. Some trains between Bathurst and Lithgow also run to a changed timetable. If you are travelling to Lithgow to connect with NSW TrainLink Regional Coaches please call 132 232 to confirm departure times.
  • South Coast Line: Buses replace trains between Wollongong and Waterfall, then continue to Sutherland. Trains run between Bomaderry, Kiama and Wollongong, and between Port Kembla and Wollongong, some to a changed timetable.  T4 Illawarra Line trains run between Waterfall, Sutherland and Bondi Junction, some to a changed timetable.
  • Southern Highlands Line: On Saturday, buses replace the 8.05am Moss Vale to Campbelltown train and the 10.09am Campbelltown to Moss Vale train. The 9.24am Moss Vale to Central service will run to a changed timetable, up to 15 minutes later than normal.

Trackwork is carried out on an ongoing basis to maintain the safety, reliability, and efficiency of the Sydney Trains network. For train service disruption information, check trackwork and travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

CDC Buses operate services in the Hunter Valley region. Visit Hunter Valley Buses for timetables, routes and network maps.

Newcastle Transport bus services will run to a regular weekend timetable.

For bus service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Ferries run between Stockton and Queens Wharf approximately every 20 minutes. At Queens Wharf change for a light rail service to Newcastle Interchange to connect with trains to Maitland.

For ferry service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Newcastle Light Rail services run from 5am to 1am daily between Newcastle Interchange in Wickham and Pacific Park in Newcastle East. With six convenient stops it’s easy to get around Newcastle’s city centre and connect with train, bus and ferry services.

Catch a light rail service to Newcastle Interchange and change for trains to Maitland.

For light rail service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Motorists should expect delays on the New England Hwy, Cessnock Rd and key local roads approaching Maitland CBD as large crowds are expected.

Local road closures will be in place to accommodate the event. 

From 12.01am Thursday 11 April to 9.00am Monday 15 April 2024  

  • Maitland Railway Station car park area’s adjacent Railway Street (section one & two).  

From 12.01am Friday 12 April to 9.00am Monday 15 April 2024

  • Maitland Railway Station car park remaining area including access road to Elgin Street roundabout (section three), and  
  •  Station Street between Elgin Street and cul-de-sac.  

From 6.00am Saturday 13 April until 8.00pm Sunday 14 April 2024:  

  • Church Street between Railway Street roundabout and Les Darcy Drive (New England Highway), and  
  • Railway Street between Church Street and Elgin Street. 

From 6.00am to 6.00pm Sunday 14 April 2024: Presentation of Hunter Valley Steamfest “Show & Shine”-  

  • Internal road through Maitland Park between main entrance off Walker Street including the intersection of Blomfield Street and Devonshire Street. 
  • Loftus Street 

Changed Traffic Conditions: From 6.00am Saturday 13 April to 8.00pm Sunday 14 April 2024: 

  • Allan Walsh Drive converted to one-way eastbound lane from Ken Tubman Drive to Church Street,  
  • Westbound traffic no left turn from Steam Street onto Church Street, and 
  •  Eastbound traffic no right turn from Steam Street onto Church Street. 

For the latest traffic information visit Live Traffic NSW or download a real-time traffic app.

A drop off zone will be available for the event. For more information visit the Steamfest website.

For details of taxi networks servicing the area, visit Transport Operators.

There are a range of car parks available around Central Maitland if you choose to drive to Hunter Valley Steamfest. 

  • Allan Walsh Drive (Street Parking)
  • Sempil Street Car Park
  • Elgin Street Car Park
  • Riverside Plaza Car Park
  • Maitland Park
  • St Andrews Street
  • The Grand Junction Hotel Parking (ACCESSIBLE PARKING ONLY)

There is also limited street parking available around the event site. 

Each of the car parks listed have accessible parking available.

For more information, including an event layout map with parking locations, visit the Hunter Valley Steamfest website

Accessible trips are shown in the Trip Planner with the wheelchair icon. You can select "accessible services only" in the Options to ensure you only see accessible services. Only trip plans with accessible train platforms, ferry wharves and buses will be presented. See accessible travel or download a transport app (select the "Accessibility" filter).