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Mount Isa Guide
A Brief History
Originally built around the vast mineral deposits in the soil, Mount Isa is now home to a local population of around 22,000 people. The capital of Outback Queensland, Mount Isa has been affectionately referred to as ‘the Oasis of the Outback’. Visitors book their flights to Mount Isa for the untouched landscapes and the romance of the Australian Outback.
Tips for First-Time Travellers to Mount Isa
Planning a trip to “The Isa”? Here’s what you need to know before you board your flights to Mount Isa.
Stay on Track
Most travellers who book flights to Mount Isa have road-tripping in mind. It’s important to stick to the speed limit and follow the demarcated track whether you’re in a car or a 4WD. Getting lost in the Outback is easier than it sounds and you don’t want to find yourself in the middle of nowhere, running out of petrol and unable to find your way back to the main road.
Make sure you have an up-to-date map, and have planned your route ahead of your flights to Mount Isa. Once you land at Mount Isa Regional Airport, you’re on an Outback adventure. Calculate the drive times between your intended stops, and identify fuel stops along the route. Also ensure that you have a spare tyre and a basic medical aid kit in the car before you set off.
It’s highly likely that your route will take you through station properties, which are gated. The general Outback rule is; leave it as you found it. If a gate is open when you arrive, you can leave it open, but if it’s closed when you get to it, make sure you close it behind you.
The Best Time to Visit
For mild, pleasant weather, the best time to book your tickets to Mount Isa is between the months of March to May and September to November. Check the airfare to Mount Isa as soon as you have your dates pinned down, as booking your return flights to Mount Isa in advance could help you score cheap flights to Mount Isa and save you cash on your airfare to Mount Isa.
Best Things To Do on Weekends
Make sure to look up what’s happening at the Mount Isa Entertainment and Tourism Venues during your stay before you book your tickets to Mount Isa. From rodeo shows to concerts, there’s something on the calendar at least once a month, but if your flights to Mount Isa are booked for August, you can’t miss the exciting Mount Isa Mines Rodeo, which has been going strong since 1959.
Landmarks and Monuments You Can’t Miss
Located 16km outside of the city of Mount Isa, this artificial lake provides clean water to the city and the surrounding mining area. Don’t forget to pack your fishing rods and bathers before you board your flights to Mount Isa, because the lake is the perfect place for a spot of fishing and a day of leisurely watersports.
The Underground Hospital and Museum
Before there was the Mount Isa Regional Airport (ISA) and the bustling city that you see today, there was the ingenious Underground Hospital. Build during World War II, the hospital was erected underground in case of an airstrike the likes of which had ruined Darwin Hospital previously.
The best view of the city can be found at Hilary Street Lookout. Enjoy a 360-degree of the city, the mines and the surrounding Outback landscape. Sunset offers the best light for photos, and it’s worth sticking around until the city lights start to twinkle in the dark.
Top Experiences For Visitors
The Isa Experience
This immersive exhibition takes visitors inside the history and development of Mount Isa, from the era of indigenous inhabitants to the modern-day mining mecca. The Rodeo Hall of Fame showcases the history of the Mount Isa Mines Rodeo - the biggest rodeo in the southern hemisphere.
Mount Isa Mines Rodeo
From bull riding and steer wrestling, to a massive street party and live rodeo rock concerts - the Mount Isa Mines Rodeo is fun for the whole family. The event kicks off with a free street festival and culminates with the bull ride finals and a rock concert. It’s worth booking tickets to Mount Isa just for this amazing event!
Outback at Isa
The perfect place to start your Queensland explorations after your flights to Mount Isa, this exhibition offers a look at the history of the city and Australia’s ancient and interesting past. Visitors can get a real feel for the industry as they don orange overalls, boots and a mining hard hat and descend 22 metres underground.