Enjoying challenging myself to add to the WeekendNotes vast library.
Published August 27th 2021
Safe and spacious north-west Quensland rail station visit
Signage, first encounter with Mount Isa
A journey on the Inlander train to the Mount Isa city is a special thing to try. This is due to reasons such as seeing a pivotal part of Australia's lucrative mining industry, see a self-sufficient economic miracle of a town, flourishing in remoteness, to get some dazzling light for the photography in the dry season (I don't know if the fumes somehow made the clear blue sky more dazzling?) and such is my first encounter with 'Isa' at Mount Isa Railway Station.
Indoor Seat at Mount Isa Railway Station.
Due to the incredible light for photographing that day, I've bulked this review with photos. So I'll let the pictures tell the thousand words needed for a clean, comfortable and spacious yet safe (due to trains departing during staffed hours) railway station wait, as I walked into town to find a fortune in terms of great outback meat pies, (actually, a deluxe King Island beef pie did the job there) yet that shows what a pleasant surprise 'Isa' was with equal emphasis on both adjective and noun. Across the nearby river, I had a look at the impressive library. Everything was modern and nice - especially at that time of year. It's an ideal time to visit, and, I think the only other main point that really comes to mind is taxis are the only real mode of transport, as Uber is not available in this large outback city.
Incidentally, the salad sandwiches are as delicious as the meat pies, especially when purchased at Brumby's, Mount Isa. The final thought is if you face the city from outside the station, turn right at Railway Avenue, the next town is Dajarra at 173 kilometres away and then Boulia at 303 kilometres away on the Diamantina Developmental Road. That is one huge statement about the remoteness of this place and the modern miracle of Australian outback cities.