Mount Isa

About Mount Isa

Population: 18,678

The city of Mount Isa is ideally situated in Queensland’s vast North West in arid, and romantic, Outback Australia. Affectionately known as the ‘oasis of the outback‘, Mount Isa is a gleaming mirage on the horizon for travellers from all directions.

Nestled among the ochre-red Selwyn Ranges, on the banks of the Leichhardt River, Mount Isa is a bustling melting pot of culture and industry being home to one the most productive single mines and the southern hemisphere’s largest rodeo.

It’s grown from strength to strength over the years but the harsh picturesque landscape has barely changed, becoming one of the main draw-cards for visitors each year. Mount Isa has ample places to fish, camp or relax and enjoy an outback sunset. The rugged terrain is a four-wheel-driver’s haven, and visitors can explore the region just as the pioneers of the region did many years ago. The twin jewels in Mount Isa’s crown are the spectacular Lawn Hill Gorge in Boodjamulla National Park and the neighbouring, world heritage listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields

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Riversleigh World Heritage Site, Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park

The Australian Fossil Mammal Sites at Riversleigh and Naracoorte were inscribed in the World Heritage List in 1994 for their outstanding representation of the evolution of Australian mammals and the quality of their fossils, which are preserved in limestone. The Riversleigh section, which covers 10,000 hectares, is located

Lake Moondarra

Lake Moondarra is situated just 17 kilometres north of the city centre of Mount Isa. It provides water to the city and the adjacent Mount Isa Mines (MIM) mining lease. Access to the lake is by a sealed road and offers a picturesque shoreline drive. The lake is

Mount Isa Underground Hospital and Museum

The first hospital in Mount Isa was a row of tents operated by the company from the earliest years of mining operations. Mount Isa Mines opened a 40 bed Community Hospital on the leases in 1929. Eventually another hospital was built on the Hospital reserve in town. With

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Meanwhile in Mount Isa | #outbackqueensland

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We love our backyard here in #outbackqueensland. ⁠
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📍 Painted Rock, Mount Isa ⁠
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📍 674km to Alice Springs
📍 1,576km to Brisbane
📍 16,095km to New York City
Just to name a few!

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Instagram post 2218621111960433387_223853423 When you're visiting a city rich in mining history, it pays to get underground to see it in action.

Next time you're in 'The Isa', don bright orange overalls, gum boots, and a matching hard hat joining @outbackatisa for a Hard Times Mining Tour.

With an ex-miner as your tour guide, you'll descend to the depths of a replica mine to hear first-hand stories of Mount Isa's mining history.

Tag a mate who'd love this tour 👇