Telstra Hill is located just to the east of Mount Isa, less than 10 kilometres out of Mount Isa as you are heading to Cloncurry on the Barkly Highway. Telstra Hill is not signposted and for a first timer can be a little hard to find. Just look for the big telephone tower on the hill on your left-hand side and you will find an old bitumen road on the way up to the hill.
Telstra Hill has long been a hot-spot for walkers with morning and evenings being the busiest times or photographers looking for spectacular views of the city or sunset. It takes about a 3 kilometre round trip from the first gate at the bottom of the hill. The road on the way up can be accessed by car but it's not recommended, especially when there are lots of people, including children or prams, on the road. You will need good walking or running shoes as you will find some potholes along the way. Some parts are a bit steep but it will be fine for anyone with moderate fitness. As the reward, you are guaranteed 360 degrees stunning view of Mount Isa and surrounding areas when you reached the top.
Stunning view of Mount Isa town and surrounding areas
This unofficial Mount Isa lookout does not only offer breathtaking views of Mount Isa town and the surrounding areas but also beautiful landscape, flora and fauna, especially birds that accompany your walk on the way up or back. As there is no real shade along the track, it is ideal to do your walk in the morning or evening. Be careful as spinifex can be found on the side of the road along the way. The spinifex balls, which at a distance look soft, are spiky balls of needle tipped grass which could be quite painful.