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Moranbah - Cities, Towns and Localities
First settled in the 1850's the area was originally discovered by Ludwig Leichardt in 1845 who amazingly found coal lying on the ground in certain areas. The region developed slowly over the next 120 years or so until 1971, when the town of Moranbah was established in the northern part of what is known as Belyando Shire to service several of the large coal mines being established in the area.

This modern town currently has a population between 6,500 - 7,000 people and services the coals mines of Peak Downs, Riverside, and Goonyella. These sites feature huge open cut pits with huge machinery to transport the coal to the waiting trains which then carry the coal all the way to Mackay. The trucks alone weigh 170 tonnes. The Peak Downs mine produces over 11 million tonnes of coal annually worth over $1.6 billion AUD.

The town has a number of parks and gardens, with the Town Square park area providing BBQ facilities, playground equipment and public amenities.

In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Clermont Visitor Information Centre

Moranbah Attractions

Goonyella Riverside Mine
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Lake Elphinstone
• located about 70 km north of Moranbah, the lake provides a popular camp site and is used for a number of aquatic activities including water skiiing, boating and fishing.
The Peak Range
• A chain of picturesque and prominent mountains east of Clermont the sharp volcanic plugs are visible from a long distance across the flat country. Click the link to download an information sheet.
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Moranbah Tours

QLD Tours • Outback • Eco • Adventure • National Tours
Peak Downs Mine Tours
• Moranbah Town Square • Ph: 07 4941 7254
• Conducted on the last Wed of each month.
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Moranbah Distance

Distance to Moranbah
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Moranbah:
• Bowen 350
• Brisbane 1,039
• Charters Towers 408
• Clermont 115
• Emerald 216
• Mackay 193
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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Moranbah Other Links

• Moranbah Community/Local Government Links
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