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Steam Boat Association of Australia

Steaming Together

The Steam Boat Association of Australia is a non-profit organization whose members have a keen interest in steam driven vessels of all types;

large and small, old and new.
The association has over 100 members around Australia and over 60 launch size steam boats on the register.
Many of our members own Putt Putts (a term used to describe open launches with older- style petrol inboard motors). As both steam and putt putt are similar size and speed they go well together during our waterway activities, a putt putt has also been the first step towards a steamer for some members.


On these pages you will find details of a variety of Australian steamboats and steamboat projects and links to other sites of interest to fans of maritime steam.


The Association meets quarterly, usually on the fourth Tuesday of February, May. August and November at 7.30pm at the Gladesville Bowling Club in Sydney.
Meetings are informal and will usually attract a guest speaker. Recent topics have included propellers, patternmaking, experiences from the engine rooms  of the Union Steamship Company ships in the 1950's and building a triple expansion engine. Previous meetings have premiered the latest DVD in Dick Collingridge's Australia Live Steam Series; or featured such guests as vexillographer John Vaughan explaining all about flags.

Membership

Our doors are open to anyone interested in joining our growing community. As a Steam Boat Association of Australia member, you’ll have exposure to a vibrant network along with a wealth of knowledge and experience you can’t find anywhere else. Our community is tight-knit, but incredibly welcoming.

Upcoming Events

  • River Fal Rally
    River Fal Rally
    Fri, 14 June
    Cornwall
    14 June 2024, 9:00 am – 17 June 2024, 4:00 pm
    Cornwall, Mylor Yacht Harbour TR11 5UF, UK
    14 June 2024, 9:00 am – 17 June 2024, 4:00 pm
    Cornwall, Mylor Yacht Harbour TR11 5UF, UK
  • Sat, 06 July
    Wentworth
    06 July 2024, 7:00 pm – 07 July 2024, 11:00 pm
    Wentworth, Cadell St, Wentworth NSW 2648, Australia
    06 July 2024, 7:00 pm – 07 July 2024, 11:00 pm
    Wentworth, Cadell St, Wentworth NSW 2648, Australia
    This may well be the last Junction Rally and combines steam boats and paddlers on the two rivers with static displays of steam and IC engines in Junction Park beside the Murray.
  • Australian Wooden Boat Festival
    Australian Wooden Boat Festival
    Fri, 07 Feb
    Hobart
    07 Feb 2025, 10:00 am – 10 Feb 2025, 4:00 pm
    Hobart, Hobart TAS, Australia
    07 Feb 2025, 10:00 am – 10 Feb 2025, 4:00 pm
    Hobart, Hobart TAS, Australia
    This festival offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Australia's maritime traditions, learn about the craftsmanship involved in wooden boat construction, and celebrate the enduring beauty of these timeless vessels.
  • South Australian Wooden Boat Festival
    South Australian Wooden Boat Festival
    Look out for the next festival!
    Goolwa
    Look out for the next festival!
    Goolwa, Cutting Rd, Goolwa SA 5214, Australia
    Look out for the next festival!
    Goolwa, Cutting Rd, Goolwa SA 5214, Australia

Travel Events

  • River Fal Rally
    River Fal Rally
    Fri, 14 June
    Cornwall
    14 June 2024, 9:00 am – 17 June 2024, 4:00 pm
    Cornwall, Mylor Yacht Harbour TR11 5UF, UK
    14 June 2024, 9:00 am – 17 June 2024, 4:00 pm
    Cornwall, Mylor Yacht Harbour TR11 5UF, UK
  • Sat, 06 July
    Wentworth
    06 July 2024, 7:00 pm – 07 July 2024, 11:00 pm
    Wentworth, Cadell St, Wentworth NSW 2648, Australia
    06 July 2024, 7:00 pm – 07 July 2024, 11:00 pm
    Wentworth, Cadell St, Wentworth NSW 2648, Australia
    This may well be the last Junction Rally and combines steam boats and paddlers on the two rivers with static displays of steam and IC engines in Junction Park beside the Murray.
  • Australian Wooden Boat Festival
    Australian Wooden Boat Festival
    Fri, 07 Feb
    Hobart
    07 Feb 2025, 10:00 am – 10 Feb 2025, 4:00 pm
    Hobart, Hobart TAS, Australia
    07 Feb 2025, 10:00 am – 10 Feb 2025, 4:00 pm
    Hobart, Hobart TAS, Australia
    This festival offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Australia's maritime traditions, learn about the craftsmanship involved in wooden boat construction, and celebrate the enduring beauty of these timeless vessels.
  • South Australian Wooden Boat Festival
    South Australian Wooden Boat Festival
    Look out for the next festival!
    Goolwa
    Look out for the next festival!
    Goolwa, Cutting Rd, Goolwa SA 5214, Australia
    Look out for the next festival!
    Goolwa, Cutting Rd, Goolwa SA 5214, Australia
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Contact Us

Interested in becoming a member or simply have questions about Steam Boat Association of Australia? We’d love to hear from you, so don’t hesitate in reaching out today.

The Secretary
SBAA
NSW, 2750

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