Are you looking for things to do in Moura, QLD or planning a holiday? You’ve arrived at the right place!
Known as the ‘Heart of the Dawson Valley’, Moura is a small town in Central Queensland’s Banana Shire. It remains a vibrant community of rural farmers, miners and growers and their families and attracts thousands of visitors with its picturesque Dawson River backdrop, festivals, special events, water sports, fishing spots and abundant parklands.
It is no secret that coal mining has played a pivotal role in the town’s development for almost six decades, with the huge open cut pits being visible from the highway as you enter Moura. Coal has been mined at Moura since 1961, making it one of the oldest operations in Central Queensland, and the town hosts Australia’s first commercial coal-bed methane recovery operation.
Massive dump trucks can be seen from afar, with a special viewing platform available to gain a closer perspective of these huge pieces of machinery. In saying this, Moura is not like other coal mining towers as it existed long before coal was discovered in the area. It is more of a rural service centre established in dairy, cattle and cotton farming which is processed at the Moura Gin.
The town features several parks, including the recently re-developed Lions Park, Apex Park and Moura-Dawson River Rest Area, which are all great for the whole family to relax at. Some things to do in Moura include stopping by the saleyards and witnessing a real country cattle auction, held every fortnight. But be careful who you wave to, or you might end up with a few heads of Brahmans! The Moura Underground No. 4 Disaster Statue, Moura Miners Memorial, Dawson Mining Viewing Platform, the 150th Meridian Marker, Pink Galah Water Tower and Moura Coal and Country Museum are also major attractions of the town.
While there are a diverse range of things to do in Moura, the highlight has to be the mighty Dawson River. Spend your time fishing or boating or just enjoy the peace and quiet with the local birds and wildlife!
Experiences in Moura
Places to see, ways to wander, and signature experiences.
Moura Meridian Marker
The Meridian Marker in Moura is located on the 150th meridian, which means it is located at 150° E longitude. The Greenwich Meridian line in England is the Prime Meridian of the world, at Longitude 0 on a world map of meridians. The angle east or west of this line is used to measure all other locations. A day is exactly 12 hours long wherever on the meridian line at the time of the equinox. The marker is located 1 kilometre east of Moura and displays the imaginary line on which Queensland (Easter Standard) time is based. The ‘holey rocks’ like the ones at the Meridian Marker, are a product of coal mining rock blasting and can be found all over Moura. Look along the 150th Meridian, as you stare through the hole at the site.