At last! The Hunter Coal Festival is returning in 2022.

The Hunter Coal Festival is will be staged this year from October 21 – 29 after two years of postponements due to Covid 19. The biennial festival was originally planned for October 2020.

The 2022 Hunter Coal Festival has three main events scheduled – a careers expo, the return of the popular Mining Leaders Lunch and the festival’s biggest event, the Singleton Community.

The festival is an initiative of Business Singleton which works with sponsors, government bodies, TAFE, community groups and local business to stage what has become one of the Upper Hunter’s largest and most popular festivals.

Business Singleton president Sue Gilroy said the fourth Hunter Coal Festival would be a major celebration for the entire Hunter community.

“With the postponements over the past two years, this festival has been a long time coming and I know people throughout the Hunter have been looking forward to it, Ms Gilroy said.

“Our planning for 2022 is very well advanced and supported by a strong contingent of confirmed sponsors including all the major working mining companies in the Upper Hunter.

“While we could add further events, at this stage we have confirmed three major events which will form the centrepiece of the festival.”

The confirmed major events are:

  • October 21, 2022 – Careers and Innovations Expo at TAFE NSW – Muswellbrook
  • October 28, 2022 – Mining Leaders Lunch at Singleton Civic Centre
  • October 29, 2022 – Singleton Community Day at Singleton Showground

Ms Gilroy said this would be the fourth Hunter Coal Festival aimed at promoting the Upper Hunter’s major industry and its involvement in the community in a positive light.

The 2022 Hunter Coal Festival will retain the festival’s successful “Community + Coexistence + Innovation + Education” theme.

“The Hunter Coal Festival is an opportunity to highlight the ongoing co-existence between industry and community with a focus on the positive benefits to the Hunter overall as well as the contribution made by individual companies,” Ms Gilroy said.

“In the current climate, we believe the festival’s messaging is more important than ever.”

Ms Gilroy said sponsorship packages were still available and festival organisers were seeking community involvement in festival events.

People could get more information by expressing  their interest via email to