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Moranbah – “The Mining Town” – The Youngest Town in Queensland, Australia

The Industrial Revolution ushered in an era of development and advancement that led to the rapid increase in modes of transport. As a result, mining towns became an increasingly popular phenomenon especially in places such as Germany where historical communities were found in Lower Saxony, North Rhine Westphalia, Bavaria and Baden Wuttemberg, in the United States of America and Australia. Mining towns in the state of Queensland in Australia were found in Blackwater, Middlemount, Moranbah, Mount Mulligan and Willows Gemfields. One such town, Moranbah, is found in the Isaac Region and was established in 1969.

This mining town can be explored by any traveller staying in Moranbah hotels and one should not be deceived into imaging the town as one which has not been touched by modernity. Moranbah is peppered with a number of entertainment facilities such as AFL, a skate park, off road racing and motocross as well as quality accommodation such as the Oaks Moranbah.

Given that it was established only in the 20th century, this town is unsurprisingly one of the youngest towns in the state even though it was explored by colonial powers in 1845, specifically by Ludwig Leichhardt. Though the town was initially established to provide miners and their families with a place to reside in that was close to the mines, Moranbah experienced rapid growth in the late 20th century. Being one of the youngest towns in the state, it has been the subject of investigative journalism where many assessed the impact of the industry on the rural population

For tourists visiting the area, the mining town holds greater attraction in that the Peak Range National Park is located in the vicinity. The Park, established in 1983, is also noteworthy, especially for environmentalists and nature enthusiasts as types of plant and animal species have been identified there.

Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+