Mt Isa Tourist Information
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About Mt Isa Qld
Mount Isa City covers an area of over 43 310 square kilometres, making it geographically the second largest city in Australia. With a population of approximately 21,000, Mount Isa is a major service centre for North West Queensland, and a thriving city.
Moondarra Accommodation Village, Mt Isa is a caravan park and workforce accommodation village on the northern edge of Mt Isa,
about 1km before the Mt Isa airport.
Mt Isa City Lookout
Get a spectacular bird's eye view of Mount Isa from the city's Hilary Street lookout.The lookout with its global signpost, offers a 360-degree panorama of the city and mine area.
Visitors must make a second look at sunset or after dark for spectacular views of the Mount Isa mine at night.
School of the Air Mt Isa
Queensland's School of the Air was established in 1960 and is now based in Mount Isa. The School is one of seven in Queensland and provides education by qualified teachers for 280 students from pre-school to year 10, in an area that extends east from the Northern Territory border to Richmond and south from Burketown to Birdsville.
Tours through the School give visitors a behind the scenes appreciation of the organisation required to run a school without classrooms, where the teacher cannot see the students, nor the students see the teacher or each other.
Classes are conducted by radio in 30-minute sessions, and students proceed with independent study each day with assistance by a home supervisor, usually a parent or governess.
Mt Isa's unique Underground Hospital
The first hospital in Mount Isa was a row of tents operated by the company from the earliest years of mining operations. Mount Isa Mines opened a 40 bed Community Hospital on the leases in 1929. Eventually another hospital was built on the Hospital reserve in town.
With the expanded hospital complex it was realised with two competing hospitals and funding for both that neither could be run efficiently and residents were encouraged to use the state run hospital. The mine hospital was effectively reduced to a casualty and first-aid station.
With the advent of World War II the impact on Australia was not great until the bombing in 1942 of Darwin. The work on defending the top end of Australia caused the influx of thousands of American troops into Northwest Queensland from April 1942. With the bombing of the Darwin Hospital, precautions were taken to protect the Mount Isa district hospital in the event of an air raid.
Lake Moondarra is situated just 20 kilometers north of the city centre of Mount Isa. Access to the lake is by a sealed road and offers a picturesque shoreline drive. The lake is a popular place for locals and tourists to visit because of its spectacular scenery.
The lakes safe still water encourages swimming, boating, sailing and canoeing. It has also been stocked with barramundi to lure the anglers for an excellent spot of fishing. permits are not required to fish at Lake Moondarra, but catch limits do apply.
There are several scenic picnic areas located around the lake with large shady trees and these are some of the best places in Mount Isa to have barbeques. The Barbeques are free of charge and have a woodpile that is stocked regularly.
Lake Moondarra hosts an array of bird life such as pelicans, cormorants, galahs and ducks, just to name a few, giving excellent photographic opportunities. Avid bird watchers can obtain a species list from Outback at Isa. We are the closest Mt Isa caravan park to Lake Moondarra.
Riversleigh Fossil Centre
The Riversleigh Fossil Centre educates and interprets for visitors the fossils extracted from the nearby Riversleigh fossil fields. These finds have been depicted as dioramas and exhibited in an authentic setting to illustrate the unique discoveries in one of the world's richest fossil fields. Unlike many other fossil deposits, the Riversleigh fossils are not just a snapshot in time, but a window on the development of early mammal megafauna over the past 30 million years.
Riversleigh Fossil Centre is unique among centres offering 'fossil tourism'.The Riversleigh fossil deposit is the richest and one of the most important fossil fields in Australia .
Adels Grove are running tours to Adels Grove and Boodjamulla National Park departing from Mount Isa.
Tours are fully inclusive of accommodation, dinner, breakfast, lunch on travel days, tour of Riversleigh World Heritage fossil fields and travel to and from Adels Grove.
To book contact Adels Grove on 07 4748 5502 or via www.adelsgrove.com.au
Hard Times Mine Tour - Amazing!
The Hard Times Mine tour is more than a tour - it's an experience!
From the very beginning of the tour you know that this is something special. From the moment you meet your tour guide who has worked as a miner for most of his life, to the kitting-out in overalls and cap lamps, already you're having fun and can't wait for what comes next.
Descending in to the mine in the Alimak Cage, you begin to explore the history of mining as the guides enthrall you with their stories of the good times and the hard times that are had working deep under the earth. See how the tunnels are formed and shaped by the majestic boom drills and mucking units. Get up close with the machinery and try your hand at the air-leg drill, and feel the earth rumble with the firing of the blast face. These magnificent experiences will stay with you for ever.
Operates 7 days a week - bookings essential - book at Outback at Isa or Moondarra Accommodation Village
Campbell's Surface Tour of Mount Isa Mines
This tour ceased permanently in November 2012.