Mount Isa is a city that's a mine and a mine that's a city. Mount Isa is situated in North West of Queensland, 820 km west of Townsville, 160 km from the Northern Territory border and 350 km south of the Gulf of Carpentaria. This town exists because of the vast mineral deposits found in the area after John Miles Campbell stumbled upon one of the world's richest deposits of copper, silver and zinc in 1923.
Hard Times Mine Tour at The Outback Isa will give you a little taste about working in an underground mine. It is almost impossible to do a tour in a working mine, but Hard Times Mine Tour recreates the real size of an underground mine. This underground mine replica is located at 19 Marian Street Mount Isa, complete with working equipment such as jackhammers that can be used to drill into a rock face, mining trucks that can be fired up and mucking loaders that pulsate through the tunnels.
Before heading underground, it recommended to wear light and loose clothes (just like a t-shirt and shorts) and don't forget to bring a pair of socks. You will be provided with hard hats, cap lamps, bright orange paper overalls, gumboots and a15 kg tool belt (don't worry, the tool belt wasn't compulsory).
Descending 20 metres into the earth, you would start working in an underground mine. After 30 seconds, the Alimak Cage (the lift that will bring you down) will open and you'll see a dozen headlamps attempting to light up the darkness inside the tunnel.
You can get up close and try your hand at the machinery, feel the earth rumble, see how the tunnels are formed and shaped by the majestic boom drills and mucking units, and listen to stories of the good and the hard times that they had working deep under the earth.