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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Instagram post 18218248270038182 East Leichhardt Dam formerly known as Lake Mary Kathleen, was built in 1961 to supply the township of the now closed Mary Kathleen Uranium Mine.

Access by 4WD only, makes it restricted to some travellers but is a great spot to go for a swim, watersports and fishing. 

East Leichhardt Dam turn off is located 33-kilometres east of Mount Isa and an additional 30 minutes off road.

Great video by @rebeccajane289 

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Instagram post 17877520481288662 Dad looking after the kids!

A beautiful sign to a great season ahead.

Photo by Sarah Murray-Brooks via ABC North West Queensland, taken at Yelvertoft Station between Mount Isa and Camooweal.

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Instagram post 17859627176463973 These large rock formations sit in ridges or steps aka 3 Steps.

After heavy rainfall it’s a popular spot to visit as you can clearly see why!

Drive along Moondarra Road in Mount Isa, turn down the bitumen road on the right after the first cattle grid towards the quarry and you'll see a sign about 1 - 2 km down on the right hand side for Three Steps. (it's called Three Sisters on the sign). A 4WD is recommended to get here.

Beautiful photo by @jess___lusk 

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Instagram post 17949360364406456 No you’re eyes are not deceiving you, it’s skiing in the Outback!

This is Lake Moondarra, situated just 17 kilometres north of the city centre of Mount Isa.

The lake’s safe still water encourages swimming, boating, sailing and canoeing. 

It has also been stocked with barramundi to lure the anglers for an excellent spot of fishing. Permits are not required to fish at Lake Moondarra, but catch limits do apply.

Great video by @sunyourbuns 

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