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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
Population 189 (2016 census)
 • Density 0.08578/km2 (0.2222/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4406
Area 2,203.2 km2 (850.7 sq mi)
  • Western Downs Region
  • Goondiwindi Region
State electorate(s) Warrego
Federal Division(s) Maranoa
Localities around Moonie:
Hannaford The Gums
Southwood Moonie Weir River
Lundavra Calingunee Boondandilla

Moonie is a rural town in the Western Downs Region and a locality split between the Western Downs Region and the Goondiwindi Region in Queensland, Australia. At the 2016 Census, Moonie had a population of 189.


The town is 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 locality is split between the Western Downs Region (northern part of the locality) and the Goondiwindi Region (southern part of the locality).


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.

Moonie Post Office opened by June 1966 closed in 1983.


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


Farm land, Moonie, Queensland, 2016
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. The oil field is still operational and pumps out 35 kilolitres (7,700 gallons) every day.

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).

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