2019 Moura Coal and Country Festival
August 17 - August 24
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 48 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 shoveling 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 shoveling 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, trade exhibits, market stalls, side show alley, wood chopping, live entertainment, animal nursery, 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.
Coal and Country Festival
4th week in August
Master Street, Moura
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. Low-cost short stay camping is available at Rotary Park in the town centre and commercial camping options are also available.
Moura Mining Museum (9:00am -2:00pm on Saturdays from May to October)
Moura’s Water Tower Mural