Mount Isa is located in the heart of Outback Queensland, just 200 kilometres from the Northern Territory border and 1,829 kilometres from Queensland’s capital, Brisbane. The nearest major city, Townsville, can be found 883 kilometres from Mount Isa. With a population of nearly 25,000 it’s a major service centre for the region. Mount Isa was recently named one of the top 10 Outback towns to visit by Australian Geographic.
Mount Isa experiences mild winters during August, with day time temperatures reaching the mid-20s. It can get quite cool at night, dropping below 10 (degrees celcius).
Famous for its rich mining history, the region was first home to the Kalkadoon people. Masterful tool and weapon makers, the Kalkadoon goods were so prized that items such as stone knives, boomerangs, woomera spears and shields were found as far away as South Australia.
In 1923, a lone prospector in search of gold, John Campbell Miles, discovered silver-lead ore about one kilometre across the valley of the Leichhardt River, in north west Queensland. Almost 100 years later, the Mount Isa Mine now owned by Mount Isa Mines is still one of Australia’s largest producers of copper ore.
VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE
Our Visitor Information Centre is located at Outback at Isa is a stone’s thrown from some of the city’s most popular attractions including The City Lookout and Buchanan Park, home to the Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo. The Hard Times Underground Mine Tour, Isa Experience Gallery and Riversleigh Fossil Centre can also be located here.
19 Marian Street, Mount Isa Q 4825. 1300 659 660 or (07) 4749 1555
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MOUNT ISA COACH TRANSFERS
Mount Isa Coaches provides a number of services throughout the region.
During Rodeo they have services for the city, northside and southside to Buchanan Park – home of the Isa Rodeo.