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Don't Miss the Boat when River Regatta Returns to Maitland this Australia Day

Australia Day River Regatta in Maitland.

Grab an oar and get ready to row, row, row your boat when Maitland River Regatta returns from 3.00pm to 8.00pm on Thursday 26 January.


With an inflatable raft as their vessel, punters can set sail from RH Taylor Reserve in Lorn for a serene float down the Hunter River, before disembarking at Lorn Beach.

Rounding out the event offering is a raft of activities and entertainment, with food trucks serving delicious dishes and drinks, water based amusement rides, kid's activities, beach games, live music and much more. Maitland City Council Team Leader Events Kara Stonestreet says ‘regatta ticket sales are strong so far, so locals should get in quick to lock in their Australia Day plans.’

‘What better way to spend the day than hopping in an inflatable boat and embarking on a relaxing float down the river?

‘If sticking to dry land is more your speed, there are all sorts of free fun and games for families to enjoy at RH Taylor Reserve. There’s no need to miss out on this lively all ages afternoon.’

A popular fixture of Maitland City Council’s Make It Maitland This Summer program of events, Ms Stonestreet says the regatta is a ‘thrilling throwback to the Great Maitland Raft Race that long term locals will fondly remember from the 70s and 80s.’

‘We trialled this new format last year, and the reception from our community was really positive.’

Council’s Australia Day festivities also include free entrance to the Maitland Aquatic Centre from 10.00am and our annual Australia Day citizenship ceremony from 10.30am.

Tickets for the 2023 Maitland River Regatta are on sale now. Tickets start from $15 for an hour long session in a one or two person boat. To find out more and to book, visit



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