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The annual festivals have been indefinitely suspended


the 112th Disaster Anniversary

96 Candles Ceremony   Thursday 31st July
Windy Gully Cemetery – 6.30pm to 7.30pm
This year our ceremony will include the remembrance of the survivors of the disaster. 
The 96 Candles Ceremony will be held on the evening of the mine disaster anniversary.

Note: There will be no vehicular access to the cemetery for the ceremony, with free Premier Illawarra shuttle buses leaving from the Mt Kembla Village Hotel and the Kembla Heights Bowls and Recreation Club from 5.30pm.

The Bowlo Restaurant will have a set-price buffet after the ceremony – orders taken on the buses before the ceremony.

Mt Kembla Hotel will have hot toddy and nibbles to warm visitors after the ceremony

In case of bad weather the Ceremony will be held in the Mt Kembla Public School’s Covered Learning Area at the same time – updates will be posted on this website, or on your local radio, TV

This Ceremony is sponsored by Wollongong City Council’s Community Events Program and is supported by Illawarra Coal, BHP Billiton.


Anniversary Heritage Displays   Sunday 3rd August
Mt Kembla School - 9am to 4pm

In the historic school buildings the expanded ‘Heritage Displays’ 

Pop-up Museum 'Journeys’ by Wollongong City Council’s Cultural Services & other DVDs rolling

WW1 Project – information-gathering stall – Kembla WW1 soldiers;
the book and souvenir stall in support of the Heritage Centre.

Mt Kembla Heritage Centre – open 9am to 4pm
Presents `Thunder in a Cloudless Sky’ including Pit Pony display


Mt Kembla School P&C   Sun 3rd August 
*Rides *Food Stalls *Bargain Baskets *Cake Stall *Plant Stall *Petting Zoo *Face Painting *Entertainment *Book Fair *Photo Display *Raffle & Guessing Competition


Memorial Church Service   Sun 3rd August
The Soldiers’ and Miners’ Memorial Church, Mt Kembla – 2pm
The Mt Kembla Mine disaster memorial service will be held. 
This service has been held on the nearest Sunday to the 31st July each year, continuously since 1902.


Mt Kembla Bowling Club Heritage Weekend 

Sat 26th July Mixed Bowls Day starting 9.45am;
2pm Salvation Army Service 
Sun 27th July  Men’s Day of Bowls starting 8.30am

New Heritage Display

Fund raising for Neonatal Care Ward at Wollongong Hospital

Stalls, Food, Raffles, Music

For details contact Kembla Heights Bowls & Recreation Club– Phone: 4271 1265


We may not be planning a festival, but that doesn't stop you visiting our beautiful mountain village and experiencing some of the historic buildings and sites, or simply enjoying one of the many stunning bushland walking trails.

If you're a group, and would prefer a guided tour of our village (including lunch at the historic Mt Kembla Village Hotel), email us for more information or to make a booking.

You could always join us

Help us make our history come to life by becoming a volunteer. We have a wide variety of projects available for volunteers; from manual work to administration, computer and arts projects. We’re approved through Volunteering Illawarra and Centrelink so contact us for more info.


Dendrobium Mine

Illawarra Coal


  Visit our Heritage Centre  

Mt Kembla Village, Illawarra Region, NSW South Coast, Australia (Map)

Mt Kembla Heritage Centre welcomes you all year round.
Visit our award-winning display of the 1902 Mt Kembla Mine Disaster "Thunder in a cloudless sky".
By appointment only and guided tours. Contact - phone (02) 4271 1452 or contact us >.