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About Moranbah

Moranbah is a thriving town located in the heart of Central Queensland coal mining country, approximately 2 hours’ drive South West from Mackay. Moranbah serves approximately 10 000 permanent residents working predominantly within the mining and support industries, but also in the rural based farm and grazing sector. Moranbah also services a very large transient population residing in several mine work camps as far afield as Coppabella and Nebo.

The area was settled in the 1850s by some famous Queensland pastoralists, including Andrew Scott who called his cattle station Moranbah, and the Archer family who moved into the Peak Downs area. The actual town was founded in 1971 after the discovery of rich coal deposits in the area, specifically to service the Goonyella and Peak Downs coal mines. Both are large open-cut operations. Goonyella lies 24 km north of the town and Peak Downs is 38 km to the south. Both are spectacular operations. At Goonyella the open-cut reaches a depth of over 110 metres and a huge 12-m bucketwheel excavator cuts into the coal seam while 170-tonne trucks transport the coal to the waiting railway trucks. At Peak Downs five 97- m long draglines remove 46 cubic metres of overburden each drag. The coal mined in the area is railed to Hay Point loading facilities south of Mackay using the railway which was constructed in 1972.

There are currently 20 coal mines within a 100km radius of the town with further development expected.

Moranbah boasts excellent amenities including many modern sporting facilities. In addition to a Hospital, 2 GP surgeries, 2 dental practices, Police-, Fire and Ambulance Stations, Moranbah has a very well appointed library complex, 2 State Primary Schools, 1 High School and many well used recreational parks and public spaces. Volunteers staff the town’s Community Radio station, 96.9 ROCKFM and the excellent swimming facility at the Aquatic Centre is open 12 months of the year, offering swimming training, lessons and exercise classes in heated and unheated pools. Moranbah also has a well appointed gym which welcomes casual memberships. Well used walking tracks line the sidewalks throughout the town and taking an evening stroll or jog is a great way to meet the locals and see the town. The Town Square hosts monthly markets on the last Sunday of the month which is an outing not to be missed.

The Coles supermarket in the Moranbah Shopping Fair is open till 21h00 on week nights and is open on Saturdays and Sundays too. Fast food options are plentiful with Red Rooster, KFC, Domino’s Pizza, Subway and McDonalds. There are a number of restaurant options to choose from including Italian at the Golf Club, Chinese, The Workers Club, The Isaac Bistro and the Black Nugget. Shopping options are abundant and include several clothing boutiques, butcher and greengrocer, camping and outdoor store and several chain stores including Brumbies, Retravision, Target, Priceline, Sportspower and Mitre 10.

Moranbah is proud of its close sense of community and family friendly lifestyle which set it apart from the run of the mill “mining town”.

Related Links

Isaac Regional Council - The website of the Isaac Regional Council
Queensland Holidays - Information on holidays in the Mackay Hinterland
Wikipedia - Information on Moranbah
Moranbah - Information and News about our town.