Moranbah does not have long roots buried deep in Central Queensland’s explorer and pioneering history. It was born in 1970 for the purpose of housing miners and their families. This is one of the reasons that the town has more facilities than other larger regional towns. Essentially built for families, you’ll be able to feel the genuine warmth of Moranbah as soon as you arrive.
The kids will love the Musical Railway and Musical Table and Chairs in the Town Square. Relax with a cup of coffee and watch the kids transform rustic, artistic installations into musical instruments. When the curtain closes on the concert, begin your walk back in history right in Town Square with the Australia Remembers Mural. This tribute to World War II was a community art program painted by Moranbah State High School students.
Also in Town Square, is the Coalface Art Gallery, the home of emerging local talent. It’s also where the Tourist Information Centre can be found. Move from murals to sculpture by finding the Bridled-Nailtail Wallaby statue. Lovingly named Flashjack the statue commemorates the unique wallaby that was thought to be extinct until rediscovered in 1973 and now has a growing wild population.
When it’s time to head outside, start with the easy 1 kilometre Federation Walk. Start at the infamous Big Red Rhino Bucket. The almost prehistoric looking giant piece of mining equipment marks the beginning of a walk that takes you past the picturesque Grosvenor Creek Rest Area.
The Isaac River Rest Area is just 20 kilometres from Moranbah along the Peak Downs Highway and is a great place to refresh after a drive or stop for an undercover picnic table. You’ll find stunning, untouched natural spaces that inspire good old-fashioned fun. Teach the kids how to swing into the water on the rope. Don’t forget the camera!