The bedrock of our open-cut operations

The Werris Creek open-cut coal mine is located 4km south of the town of Werris Creek in North West NSW. ​​

Werris Creek commenced operations in 2005 and has resources to support production until approximately 2025.

The open-cut mine overlays and intersects the former Werris Creek Colliery, which was a bord-and-pillar underground mine operated by the Preston Coal Company from 1925 to 1963.

The mine produces both thermal and PCI coal with low to medium ash, low sulphur, low phosphorous and medium to high volatility. Coal from Werris Creek is transported directly by rail to the Port of Newcastle, where it is exported to our customers across Asia.

Operation Werris Creek mine
Ownership 100%
Commenced operations 2005
Location 4km south of Werris Creek, 15km north of Quirindi
Type of operation Open cut coal mine
Operating hours 24/7
Production approval 2.5 million tonnes run of mine coal per annum
Stage of operation In operation
Workforce 150


Environmental Management, Monitoring & Compliance

Blast Notification

Next scheduled blast:

1:00 PM on 25th January 2022

*Time is Indicative and could be approximately 60 min before or after

Blast number:


Additional conditions:

Werris Creek Road Closed: NO

Information updated:

25/01/2022 11:00 AM


Werris Creek Mine

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

 1800 WHAVEN (1800 942 836)


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Werris Creek Mine


Mining commences


Whitehaven moves to full ownership


Werris Creek Community Enhancement Fund established


Mining expansion completed


Production capacity increased to 2.5Mtpa

Future Planning

Efficient, low-cost mining

Following the completion of the Werris Creek extension in late 2013, the mine has continued to maintain its position as Whitehaven’s lowest cost producer. As the mine progresses through the second half of its operational life, Whitehaven will begin rehabilitating parts of the mine footprint in accordance with planning approvals.

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