Population 7131

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.

Visitor Information

Library, town square; (07) 4941 4500

Nearby national parks

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  • Cape Hillsborough National Park

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  • Mackay

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In Town

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.

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