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Granite Mine, Mount Isa

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Published October 19th 2019
Granite slabs to climb
Located only 15 minutes drive or about 20km out of Mt Isa on the way to Boulia, you can find this old granite mine. This abandoned mine is one of my favourite places to take photos with unique outback scenery. You don't need 4WD to get there as all part of the road are sealed, but be aware of incoming traffic as some parts of the road only can be accessed by a single vehicle at times.

granite, Mount Isa, outback, Queensland, rocks formation, free
Unusual rock formation

granite, Mount Isa, outback, Queensland, rocks formation, free
Outback scenery

There is no sign for this place and you might miss the entry. Just keep an eye on the red gate on your right side and that will be the entry gate to go to this old granite mine. After you enter the gate, please close the gate behind you. From here, you will find a dirt road that leaves red dust as you pass it with your vehicle. Make sure you drive slowly as this path is also shared with motorbikes.

You can see some part of the hill around this area is full of red granite boulders not unlike the more well-known structures at Karlu Karlu the Devils Marbles. You can explore the trails, climb the hills and take a walk through the boulders and slabs of granite.

granite, Mount Isa, outback, Queensland, rocks formation, free
Boulders of red granite

granite, Mount Isa, outback, Queensland, rocks formation, free
Remind me of Karlu-Karlu - Devils Marble

When you reach the top of the hill, you can discover some awesome photography opportunities. Don't forget to bring a wide brim hat and put some sunscreen on as there is not much shady area at the top of the hill. Carry a water bottle, even when you climb this granite hill during wintertime as this little hill can be a challenging for your fitness level.

I will suggest you take another route to walk back down so you can experience different scenery of this old granite mine. We were walking slowly on the way back down, not only for safety but also to make time to observe vegetation and some little creatures that make this old mine a home.

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Where: Mount Isa-Boulia Road Mount Isa QLD 4825
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