Moura is the heart of the Dawson Valley. Located two hours south-west of Rockhampton, and home to nearly 2,000 people, Moura’s claim to fame is it’s enormous coal mines.
Mining has been both the biggest employer of people within the region and unfortunate cause of three tragic disasters (underground mining was terminated in 1994 and has since been replaced with an open-cut mine). A bronze miner statue now stands just outside the Dawson Highway in remembrance of the miners who never came home.
The exciting Moura Link project has recently been approved, which will expand the national rail network to north of greater Gladstone and help cater new tonnages from both existing and new coal mines.
Outside of mining, Moura’s primary industries are beef cattle farming, road freight transport, building services and primary education. Moura also attracts a large number of tourists each year with attractions including festivals, parklands and river fishing. Tourists can even check out the mines with a viewing platform on Gibihi Road. Moura also features the 150th Meridian marker, the important line that measures Eastern Standard Time.
Another Moura highlight is the legendary Dawson River, where you can always find the perfect spot to camp out, drop a line or just simply unwind for a while.
Moura is built on coal but it survives on genuine Australian heart. It will continue as one of Queensland’s most important locations for a long time to come.