Oaky North is part of Glencore's Oaky Creek mining complex. The complex includes the adjacent Oaky No. 1 underground mine (covered in a separate analysis). Both operations produce hard coking coal for export markets. Oaky Creek is located in Queensland's Bowen Basin south west of Mackay and 90km north east of Emerald. Both Oaky North and Oaky No. 1 are covered by mining license ML 1832. An application for an additional surface area comprising 1 588ha was submitted and approved in 2003.