Outback Towns

Moonie

Moonie is the oil capital of Queensland, - a tiny settlement on the intersection of the Leichhardt and Moonie Highways. It is really nothing more than a service station, a few houses and a motel.

About Moonie

Moonie – Oil Capital of Queensland

Moonie is the oil capital of Queensland, - a tiny settlement on the intersection of the Leichhardt and Moonie Highways. It is really nothing more than a service station, a few houses and a motel.

The area was first settled in the 1840s but it only came to prominence in December 1961 when it became Australia's first commercial oil field. In reality it is only a small oil field accounting for less than one per cent of Australia's oil and gas reserves but the excitement which was associated with its success led to the establishment, in 1969, of a pipeline which joined the fields to refineries in Brisbane. The area around Moonie is known as the Surat-Bowen Basin.

It is possible to inspect the oil fields - lufkins can be seen working nearby.

Now the area is noted for its quality grain, cattle and prime lamb production.

Legend says that Captain Starlight once passed through the area on one of his escapades.

The Sports Club serves as the hub of the district's social activities providing a range of sporting facilities.