Moonie, Queensland

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The playground, craft and information centre at Moonie.
Moonie is located in Queensland
Coordinates 27°43′01″S 150°22′16″E / 27.71694°S 150.37111°E / -27.71694; 150.37111Coordinates: 27°43′01″S 150°22′16″E / 27.71694°S 150.37111°E / -27.71694; 150.37111
Postcode(s) 4406
LGA(s) Western Downs Region
State electorate(s) Warrego
Federal Division(s) Maranoa

Moonie is a town in the Darling Downs region of Queensland, Australia. The town is located in the Western Downs Region local government area at the intersection of the Leichhardt and Moonie Highways, 331 kilometres (206 mi) west of the state capital, Brisbane, and is the Official Oil Capital of Australia.

The town's name is derived from Moonie River, which was first recorded as Mooni by Sir Thomas Mitchell in November 1846 when he passed through the region.[1]

The town is very small and consists of a public school, service station, a few houses, Moonie Sports Club and a motel. In December 1961 Moonie was the site of Australia's first commercial oil field, a very small field consisting of less than one percent of Australia's oil and gas reserves.[2] The oil field is still operational and pumps out 35 kilolitres (7,700 gallons) every day.[3]

The region is also an agricultural area that produces grain, beef cattle and prime lambs.


Moonie Post Office opened by June 1966 closed in 1983.[4]


  1. ^ "MOONIE, QUEENSLAND". Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Moonie". Walkabout - Australian Travel Guide. Fairfax. Retrieved 2007-09-23. 
  3. ^ "Places to Visit - Western Downs - Moonie". Queensland Holidays. Tourism Queensland. Retrieved 2007-09-23. 
  4. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.