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The town is bypassed by the Warrego Highway (National A2), and is also on the main rail link connecting Brisbane and Toowoomba with south-western Queensland.
This airfield became an Army Aviation Training Centre in the 1970s, now Swartz Barracks, a major helicopter pilot and maintenance training facility for the Defense forces.
The Oakey primary school opened in August 1874 with much celebration reported.
"A grand picnic and ball was held here on the 3rd instant in honor of the opening of the above school.
At the 2011 census, Oakey recorded a population of 4,529.
The area was first settled in the early 1840s when pastoralists moved into the area and found the land to be suitable for grazing.