A thriving coal mining town. Moranbah services the Peak Downs Mine,
Goonyella Riverside Mine, Broadmeadow Mine, Moranbah North Mine and
several other smaller mines in the region.
Location: 191 km west of Mackay; 208 km north-east of Emerald; 1117 km
from Brisbane via Emerald; on the Peak Downs Highway betweenMackay and
Clermont, in the Isaac region. 225 m above sea-level.
Places of interest: Peak Range National Park; Goonyella, Moranbah North, Peak Downs and Riverside coal mines
Brief history: The region was first explored by Ludwig Leichhardt in
January 1845 and settled by pastoralists in the 1850s. In January 1845
Ludwig Leichhardt first found 'water worn fragments of good coal' in
the region, however no coal mining occurred for the next 120 years.
Instead the area was settled by some of Qld's most successful
pastoralists. The town of Moranbah sprang into existence in 1969
specifically to service the Goonyella (24 km north) and Peak Downs (38
km south) open cut coal mines. The mines produce coking coal which is
transported to loading facilities at Mackay via a railway constructed
in 1972. The Riverside coal mine on the north of the town was opened in
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Origin of name: Named after the Parish of Moranbah which was named
after the original run of Andrew Scott of Hornet Bank in the late
1850s. This run was later consolidated into Grosvenor Downs Run in
1886. In 1920, the present area known as Moranbah Holding was selected
and named Moranbah after the Parish. Moranbah is thought to be the
Aboriginal name for or description of the locality.