Moura Tourism & Travel
Situated in Queensland some 676 km north east of Brisbane, Moura is located 200 km from Gladstone.
Moura - History
Moura is a modern town, being laid out in the 1930's with streets in the grid pattern typical of the era. Moura is a small town providing services to the cattle and coalmining interests of the Dawson Valley. Moura originated as the service centre of Moura Station and as it grew, mixed rural industries ensured that Moura was rural country town. Massive grain silos, being the second-largest in Queensland are located at the eastern end of Moura and can be seen from a far distance. The economic nature of Moura changed in the early 1960's,when the open-cut Kianga - Moura coalfield was developed using a huge piece of equipment capable of moving 200 tonnes of coal - at a time the largest operating dragline in the world. By 1968 the coalfields were the largest in Queensland and coal was being railed out to Gladstone on the coast.
Moura - Today
Today Moura is a prosperous town located in the heart of the rich Dawson Valley area of the Banana Shire with a diverse economic base of cattle, wheat, sorghum, sunflower, cotton and coal production. The Queensland Cotton Gin, Queensland Ammonium Nitrate Plant and Moura Coal Mine are part of the local community.
Moura - Attractions
The annual Moura Coal and Country Festival is held every August at the Moura Recreation Ground. Visitors flock to Moura to see rodeo with wood chopping comps; wheelbarrow races; the Queensland Coal Shovelling Championships; the Central Queensland bands and motorcycling events. The side show alley is always popular for the kids and spectacular fireworks displays end the weeklong country festival, which ends on the last Saturday in August. Moura is the gateway to the famous Carnarvon Gorge National Park. The Dawson River lends itself to fishing, boating and picnicking.