One of Whitehaven’s three foundation mines

Tarrawonga is part of the bedrock of Whitehaven’s business since the company’s formation in 1999 in the Gunnedah Coal Basin.​​

The Tarrawonga open cut mine produces high-quality thermal coal and semi-soft coking coal for export markets with reserves to support more than 20 years of coal extraction. Whitehaven took full ownership of the mine in April 2018 after purchasing Idemitsu’s 30% joint venture interest.

Tarrawonga successfully utilises improved mining techniques to reduce overburden removal costs. Whitehaven has also recently approved an expansion to its fully approved rate of 3Mtpa ROM coal by the introduction of a new mining fleet from FY20.

Operation Tarrawonga mine
Ownership 100% ownership
Commenced operations 2006
Location 16km north east of Boggabri
Type of operation Open cut coal mine
Operating hours 24/7
Production approval 3 million tonnes run of mine coal per annum
Stage of Operation In operation
Workforce 180


Environmental Management, Monitoring & Compliance

Blast Notification

Next scheduled blast:

Monday the 28th of September 2020 at approximately 9.00am

*Time is indicative and could be approximately 30min before or after.

Blast number:


Additional conditions:

Temporary (approx. 20mins) closure of Goonbri Rd.

Information updated:



Tarrawonga Mine

Contact us for more information, to provide feedback or to lodge a complaint.

 General Enquiries – 02 6741 5000

 Complaints – 0448 086 827


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Tarrawonga Mine Timeline


Development consent approved


Operations commence


Mine extension approved


Whitehaven takes full ownership

after purchasing Idemitsu's 30 per cent stake

Future Planning

100% ownership

In 2018 we purchased Idemitsu’s 30% joint venture interest in Tarrawonga to move to 100% ownership. The acquisition will add about 0.7Mt ROM coal to the company’s equity share of production in the future. Whitehaven will continue mining at Tarrawonga over the next 10 years at 3.0Mtpa ROM coal.

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