Moonie, Queensland

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The playground, craft and information centre at Moonie
Moonie is located in Queensland
Coordinates 27°40′56″S 150°20′33″E / 27.6822°S 150.3425°E / -27.6822; 150.3425Coordinates: 27°40′56″S 150°20′33″E / 27.6822°S 150.3425°E / -27.6822; 150.3425
Postcode(s) 4406
Area 1,477.8 km2 (570.6 sq mi)
State electorate(s) Warrego
Federal Division(s) Maranoa
Localities around Moonie:
Hannaford The Gums
Southwood Moonie Weir River
Lundavra Calingunee Boondandilla

Moonie is a town and locality in the Darling Downs region of Queensland, Australia.


The town is in the Western Downs Region local government area[1] 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 locality is split between the Western Downs Region (northern part of the locality) and the Goondiwindi Region (southern part of the locality).[2][3]

The Moonie Highway passes through the locality from the north-east to the south-west. The Leichhardt Highway passes through the locality from the north to the south. The town is at the intersection of the two highways.[4]


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.[5]

Moonie State School opened on 14 May 1962.[6]

Moonie Post Office opened by June 1966 closed in 1983.[7]


Farm land, Moonie, 2016

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.[8] The oil field is still operational and pumps out 35 kilolitres (7,700 gallons) every day.[9]

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


Moonie State School is a government co-educational primary (P-6) school at 11305 Moonie Highway. In 2016, the school had an enrolment of 43 students with 4 teachers (3 full-time equivalent) and 5 non-teaching staff (2 full-time equivalent).[10]


The town has a service station, the Moonie Sports Club and a motel.


  1. ^ "Moonie - town (entry 22670)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Moonie - locality (Western Downs Region) (entry 47730)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Moonie - locality (Goondiwindi Region) (entry 47820)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  5. ^ "MOONIE, QUEENSLAND". Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Queensland Family History Society (2010), Queensland schools past and present (Version 1.01 ed.), Queensland Family History Society, ISBN 978-1-921171-26-0 
  7. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Moonie". Walkabout - Australian Travel Guide. Fairfax. Retrieved 2007-09-23. 
  9. ^ "Places to Visit - Western Downs - Moonie". Queensland Holidays. Tourism Queensland. Retrieved 2007-09-23. 
  10. ^ "Annual Report 2016" (PDF). Moonie State School. Archived (PDF) from the original on 19 September 2017. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 

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