Get a spectacular bird's eye view of Mount Isa from the city's Hilary Street Lookout. It's only a short drive to the lookout. Just turn left from Barkley Highway to Hillary Street and follow your nose up to this steep sealed road for about 350 metres and you will find the lookout's parking area. You won't get lost as this is the only way up to the lookout. Car access only as caravan owners need to unhitch at the bottom of the hill.
Lots of people say that the best time to go to the lookout is sunset when the smelter stacks are silhouetted and the mine lights and city lights begin to twinkle and give picturesque sight. But really, you can enjoy this 360-degree panorama of the city and huge mine area any time.
The lookout offers accessible ramp for wheelchair and pram that go winding up to the top. There is also a quick way to go up to the lookout from car park area but the track is a bit slippery with loose gravel. When you reach the top, you will notice a global signpost that points out to other locations around the world complete with distances displayed on it.
The lookout also has some covered picnic tables, rubbish bins and several viewing platforms. Down from covered picnic tables, there is a small garden with a seating area to enjoy your lunch under Mount Isa's sun. The lookout is a favourite to enjoy fireworks during the Mount Isa Show as well as a great spot to catch morning sun or spectacular sunset through a camera lens.