Moranbah is a modern mining town south-west of Mackay. It was established in 1969 to support the huge open-cut coalmines of the expanding Bowen Coal Basin. Coking coal is railed to the Hay Point export terminal just south of Mackay.
Library, town square; (07) 4941 4500
Nearby national parks
Federation Walk: 1 km scenic walk starts at Grosvenor Park; Peak Downs Hwy.
Historical walk: self-guide trail past interesting sites and heritage buildings of town; brochure from visitor centre.
Tours to Peak Downs Mine: leaves from town square the last Wed each month; bookings at visitor centre.
Isaacs River: recreational area with historic monuments and a hiking trail in dry weather; 13 km S.
Lake Elphinstone: camping, recreation activities, waterskiing, boating and fishing; 70 km N.
What's on around town
Australia Day Street Party: Jan.
May Day Union Parade and Fireworks: May.