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Discover Mount Isa
Mount Isa, the ‘oasis in the outback’, is ideally situated in the picturesque, ochre-red Selwyn Ranges of the vast North West region of Outback QLD. Located on the banks of the Leichhardt River, Mount Isa is a city that is rich in history and culture. It is considered to be one of the most important commercial, industrial and administrative centres in inland Outback Queensland, the second largest state or territory in Australia.
Located 980 kilometres west of Townsville, Mount Isa provides a key transportation hub, with an airport & extensive highway systems which link Brisbane, Townsville, Alice Springs and Darwin. Boodjamulla National Park’s spectacular Lawn Hill Gorge and the neighbouring, world heritage listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields, are key highlights of the city.
Mount Isa began as a mining town, following the Charleville discovery of lead in 1923. It is now one of the world’s top ten producers of lead, copper, zinc and silver. Apart from mining however, the region’s major industry is beef cattle grazing and the city has grown substantially over the years, now becoming a bustling tourism hub with ‘Outback at Isa’.
Experience Mount Isa’s mining past on an underground tour in the Hard Times Mine, travel back to ancient times at the Riversleigh Fossil Discovery Centre or enjoy vivid sunsets at one of the lookouts. Visit Lake Moondarra for boating, fishing or water-skiing, join a guided bus tour or head out for 4WD adventures to find the best outback camping spots. Mount Isa is a great starting point for many outback adventures, with so much to see and do in and around the region.
Whilst visiting, don’t miss the Hard Times Mine on your list of things to do in Mount Isa! Providing a unique underground mining experience in a mine built and operated by real miners, the attraction offers visitors a rare opportunity to experience the daily life and workings of an underground mine first hand.
The Mount Isa Experience Gallery is a multi-media, immersive exhibition that interprets the region’s fascinating cultural, indigenous, pioneering, and mining history. Mount Isa Underground Hospital and Museum is also another spot to visit, with the first hospital being a row of tents from the earliest years of mining. Following the bombing of the Darwin Hospital in 1942, precautions were taken to protect the hospital in the event of an air raid, and hence, the hospital was moved underground.
The Riversleigh world heritage listed site covers over 10,000 hectares of land and is located in the southern section of Boodjamulla National Park. The Riversleigh fossils are considered to be some of the most extensive and richest in the world, dating back to 15 to 25 million years. The site provides visitors with the amazing opportunity to view numerous fossilised reptiles and mammals.
You can’t miss visiting the Southern Hemisphere’s largest rodeo with the nation’s richest prize pool, The Mount Isa Mines Rodeo. With over 750 competitors, this four day long open-air red dirt arena event provides non-stop action where east meets west and man meets beast. With bull riding, saddle bronc, bareback bronc, rope & tie, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, and breakaway roping, the event also features live entertainment, markets and food stalls, with the legend living on since 1959.
With so many great things to do in Mount Isa, it’s always a great destination to travel to while in the Queensland Outback.
Experiences in Mount Isa
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Mount Isa Rodeo
Mount Isa is well known for its mining industry and hot, semi-arid climate. But did you know that Mount Isa is also home to the largest rodeo in the southern hemisphere? The Mount Isa Rodeo has been running for 57 years and is a spectacular showcase of world-class competition and entertainment for the whole family!