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

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

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

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Meanwhile in Mount Isa | #outbackqueensland

Instagram post 18160017442242693 No better way to celebrate Mother’s Day!

A picnic, a glass of your favourite drink and an Outback Queensland sunset!

Plus a fabulous location like this, Granite Mine in Mount Isa. Located only 15 minutes drive or about 20km out of Mount Isa on the way to Boulia, you‘ll find this old granite mine. This abandoned mine is a very popular place to take photos with unique outback scenery. 

Great photo by @kayla.norto 

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Instagram post 18283859914067564 Overlooking the township of Cloncurry and the Cloncurry River, @_thezookeeper painted a mural on the water tank of 'Barrack', a proud and powerful Mitakoodi boy who sits looking out over the land.

The Mitakoodi peoples of the Cloncurry River (the 'River People') and region, have a rich and diverse archaeological history unknown to the rest of Australia.

They are the custodians of the famous basalt axe quarries which along with the Kalkadoon (Mt Isa) axe quarries have been foremost as a regional stone source, supplying high quality stone axes to many language groups throughout Australia via the 'Channel Country' and its complex social exchange network system.

The Mitakoodi peoples are also the custodians of the white ochre dreaming ceremonial and initiation sites, large and small tangible man made monuments and structures scatted throughout the harsh spinifex landscape.

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Video via @overlandersway 
Information on the Mitakoodi people via the Australian National University
Instagram post 18287447161042081 Have you ever wanted to have "A Yack in the Outback..."?

Now's your chance. What better way to get to the 2022 Julia Creek @dirtndustfest than with the 'Convoys To The Creek' powered by @pickeringsautogroup from Mount Isa or Townsville.

Join Townsville’s own Caro (AKA Caroline Tahana from @caroandkingi), The Block contestant, master budgeter, renovator and Ironman athlete on the Convoy to the Creek from Townsville.

Stop over, explore and discover the many hidden gems along the @overlandersway from Townsville to Julia Creek.

* Departing Townsville Thursday 21st April
* FREE to join
* 646km drive
* Group stops in Charters Towers, Hughenden, Richmond & Julia Creek! 
* The Convoys to the Creek are in support of mental health in the Outback. 

Register your interest online to join the convoy via 

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