Moonie, the oil capital of Queensland is a tiny settlement on the intersection of the Leichhardt and Moonie Highways.
And they’re racing! Not an unusual call in the horseracing obsessed country, but in Moonie the highlight of the year is the Yabbie Races! Billed as the race that stops the outback, Moonie Yabbie Races are a one-of-a-kind quirky country event run each March by the Moonie Sports Club.
You’ll find Moonie on the crossroads of the Moonie Highway and Leichhardt Way. It is the site of Australia’s first commercial oil field. Established in 1961, it still operates today. For a small town, Moonie is a vibrant place.
Moonie is a small Queensland Rural Location within the local government area of Western Downs, it is located approximately 275kms from the capital Brisbane covering an area of 1948.448 square kilometres. Moonie has a recorded population of 189 residents and is within the Australian Eastern Standard Time zone Australia/Brisbane.
If you are planning a visit to Moonie we’ve put together some of the things nearby that you can see or do while you are here. These include, places to stay, tours and attractions, some upcoming events and places where you can grab a meal. Go ahead, try one of the buttons above. Every destination has something worth seeing so start exploring… If you know Moonie and think we’ve missed something, let us know and we’ll share it here.