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Moura Coal and Country Festival

August 20, 2016 @ 9:00 am - August 27, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

The Coal and Country Festival is held in Moura during the 4th week in August, every year.

In Moura, they like to do things differently, particularly when it comes to their social celebrations. A mining and rural community through to the core, the Coal and Country Festival is the feature annual event.

Coal and Country stokes the heat on week-long fun

Unique in its conception and founded by the local Apex club, the Coal and Country Festival got going 45 years ago when a group of miners decided to see how fast they could shovel a half-a-ton of coal against the clock.

In what has become fierce competition, the bin bucket shovelling record now stands at a staggering 29 seconds, but that time is always under threat. The year the record was set, it was as tight as you could get, with three other challengers shovelling under the 30-second mark.

Competitors come from across the Bowen Basin to fight it out for the Queensland titles, in single and doubles heats, the winners then heading south to take on the cockroaches (New South Wales) and the Tassie devils (Tasmania) for the national crown.

The roof bolting competition is also a major attraction on the program. Teams of two match their skills, drilling huge bolts into slabs of concrete, replicating how the shaft was fortified before they closed it down.

Falling in late August, thousands flock into Moura for the raft of events that roll out through the week. Moura’s country and mining heritage lives large in its community spirit and sits at the heart of Coal and Country festivities. Everyone gets behind the activities, with school concerts, street parades, a colour fun run, ring-side action at the rodeo, festival food and a Gala Ball to finish things off.

No Queen or King of coal here. The man or woman that makes Entrant of the Year is the one who raises the most funds to be used for even bigger and better festival fun.

Where’s the Coal and Country Festival held?

The festival is held throughout Moura at various locations throughout the week.

Contact the Coal and Country Festival

Coal and Country Festival details

  • 4th week in August
  • Events are held at various locations.
  • P: Maureen 0419 722 189

Can I camp close to Coal and Country Festival action?

Camping for the cost of a donation is available at the Moura Apex Park on the Dawson River about 7 km out of town, but you’ll have to be quick if you need a powered site. Commercial camping options are also available.

Close-by attractions

  • 150th Meridian
  • Moura Mine Viewing Platform
  • Moura Mining Museum (9:00am -2:00pm on Saturdays from May to October)

Close-by location

  • Baralaba
  • Banana
  • Theodore
  • Biloela


  • Bronze Boots Campdraft
  • Dawson River Festival
  • Moura Muddy Water Family Fishing Classic

4th week in August


August 20, 2016 @ 9:00 am
August 27, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

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