Referred to as the ‘new kid on the block’, Moranbah is one of the youngest towns in Queensland. Moranbah was specifically created for miners and their families and though the town has grown and developed, many have remained within their ‘home town’ because of its rich charm and emanating warmth.
Today Moranbah takes pleasure in an abundance of modern facilities. The town’s newly refurbished centre includes an interesting water feature and new child’s play area creating a relaxing atmosphere where you can enjoy a coffee break with friends at the local bakery while entertaining the kids.
Things to do include tours at Peak Downs Mine, Bridled- Nailtail Wallaby Statue, musical Railway, table and chairs, 50th Anniversary mural, Federation Walk and Grosvenor Rest Area, Grosvenor Complex and Isaac River Rest Area.
Peak Downs produces 8 million tonnes of raw coal a year which is mined, crushed, washed and cleaned and then exported to fifteen international destinations.
You can explore Peak Downs Mine on a free guided bus tour with a local expert. There is no age limit for the tours.
Bookings must be made by 12pm on the Monday before the tour is scheduled. Peak Downs Coal Mine Tours depart on Wednesday once a month. The last tour date for 2012 is Wednesday, 12 December.
Peak Downs Mine Tour Dates 2013:
- 16 January
- 20 February
- 20 March
- 17 April
- 15 May
- 19 June
- 17 July
- 21 August
- 18 September
- 16 October
- 20 November
- 18 December
Bookings are essential and can be made by phoning Council’s Office on 07 4941 4500.
Financially assisted by Queensland Government Centenary of Federation Grant, and in-kind support from the local community, this sculpture was commissioned by sculptor Adriaan Vanderlugt. The wallaby, known locally as the flashjack was thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 1973. Since then the extensive breeding program established by Queensland Parks and Wildlife has seen small numbers released back into the area and the reestablishment of wild populations.
These objects are public art projects commissioned by the Queensland Arts Council in conjunction with the Queensland Music Festival. The objects are situated in the Town Square and are there to be used and enjoyed by visitors and general public.
Situated in Town Square Park, the Australia Remembers Mural is a tribute to all the brave men and women who served in WWII. The mural was a community program generously painted in 1995 by Moranbah State High School students.
Follow the one kilometre Federation Walk at Moranbah’s entrance to the town’s infamous Big Red Rhino Bucket. The recreation area was a four-year community project that began in 1997 and was initially a product of the Moranbah Beautification Group. The Big Red Bucket was purchased from Peak Downs Mine for $1 in 1999 and is the highlight of the walk.
The Grosvenor Complex in the Town Square houses the library, Coalface Art Gallery and Tourist Visitor Information. For a taste of local arts and crafts, visit the Coalface Gallery to witness the local artistic talent emerging from the area.
Located approximately 20km from Moranbah heading north-east along the Peak Downs Highway (or 30km south-west of Coppabella), this is a popular area to refresh from a big day’s drive. There is an undercover picnic table for your convenience. No toilet or BBQ facilities are available.