Things to See and Do in Mount Isa

Things to See and Do in Mount Isa


Posted 2023-12-01 by Audreyfollow
In outback Queensland, you'll find a unique oasis northwest where the city's history is found below ground. Mount Isa was established from the ground up through mining after the discovery of a considerable amount of lead deposit.

Outback at Isa's mine has been built specifically for visitors to experience firsthand the daily life and workings of an underground mine. It was built by real miners and your tour guide would have worked as a miner too. You'll see how tunnels are formed, get up close with machinery, and be fascinated by stories of good and hard times. Three hours in duration, the Hard Times Mine Tour is suitable for both adults and children aged seven years and over.

Outback at Isa also offers visitors the opportunity to wander through heritage displays portraying the city from its humble beginnings as well as an array of artworks from local and regional artists. You can discover fossils from one of the most notable fossil deposits worldwide at Riversleigh Fossil Discovery Centre too. The tourism facility is located at 19 Marian Street.

Visiting Mount Isa's underground hospital and museum is a must. After the bombing of Darwin and its hospital, there was concern that Mount Isa and its hospital could be a World War II target as well. This fear prompted the construction of another hospital carved into the hills. Miners volunteered their time to drill, blast and muck out tunnels as male, female and child wards. There was also a surgical theatre, delivery room and maternity ward. You can explore the hospital, as well as a heritage-listed tent house and museum, on a guided tour for just $20 per person.

A short drive (sealed roads) out of the city centre will lead you to Lake Moondarra where beautiful scenery awaits. It is rather peaceful and tranquil around the lake. Swimming, boating, sailing, canoeing and fishing are all permitted. You're also welcome to make use of the well-maintained picnic and BBQ facilities. If you've not already guessed, the lake serves as a source of water for Mount Isa.

Last but not least is the lookout on Hilary Street. From here, you'll get an eye-catching 360-degree view of Mount Isa. Its mine area is visible. In addition, the global signpost and water tank art onsite make for great photos too. Native flora and fauna such as the black-shouldered kite, bream, barramundi and lorikeet are featured on the mural.

Mount Isa is easily accessible by road, rail and plane. As for accommodation, there's a range to choose from - caravan parks, hotels, motels - depending on your budget. So, do make it a point to visit when you have the chance.


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