SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA is an Australian designed and built jet-powered, wooden, 3-point hydroplane that has held the world water-speed record since 1977. Breaking both the 300 m/h and 500 km/h barriers, SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA raised the world record to 511.11km/h in 1978 at Blowering Dam near Tumut NSW.


  • Creator: Ken Warby
  • Date: 1972 – 1974
  • Location: Tumut
  • Type: Hydroplane
  • Significance: SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA has held the world water-speed record for over thirty years. It is one of the few surviving examples of a speed record-holder, and was designed and built in Australia by its driver Ken Warby MBE.
  • See institution's online collections: http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections
  • Medium: Plywood, fibreglass, wood, paint
  • Dimensions: 1080 x 8230 x 2440 mm, 1524 kg
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection Purchased with the assistance of Speedo Group Ltd

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