Mount Isa Rodeo Capital of Australia


Photo Credit: Anne Hartung

Mount Isa is the only city in outback Australia, and has a population of over 20,000.

Described as the Oasis of the Outback Mount Isa is nestled among the ochre-red Selwyn Ranges on the banks of the Leichhardt River, one of the world’s great mining cities and home to the biggest and richest rodeo in the southern hemisphere.

Mount Isa is not ‘just another mining town’… with strong educational, health, and commercial facilities, our city possesses the perfect balance of both business and lifestyle. Mount Isa has long been a cornerstone of the economic development not only of the State, but of the nation, and continues to proudly exhibit what can be achieved in North-West Queensland.

Family Fun Park

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The Mount Isa Family Fun Park is the largest all abilities playground in Queensland!

Opened in 2009, the park cost over $4.25 million to design and build… and offers locals and visitors alike the perfect facility to play, relax, and enjoy.

The Family Fun Park is built to be accessible to everyone, regardless of their level of ability or movement… and to have something for everyone, regardless of their personal interests!

And best of all… it’s completely free!

Mount Isa 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 view of the city and mine area. The signpost gives directions and distances to several major national and international cities, so you can see just how far you’ve come to enjoy The Isa.

The best time to head to the lookout is just before sunset when you can grab some daytime shots, followed by amazing sunset shots, and finish with the extraordinary night time views. You haven’t seen the bit city lights until you’ve seen Mount Isa at night!


Mount Isa Arts & Culture Walk

Lake Moondarra

Lake Moondarra is an artificial lake on the Leichhardt River in Queensland, Australia, 16km downstream from the City of Mount Isa. Lake Moondarra provides water to the city and the adjacent Mount Isa Mines.

The lake includes picnic areas, water sport facilities and is popular with birdwatchers, sailors and anglers. Lake Moondarra is stocked with barramundi and sooty grunter.

Underground Hospital & Museum

Venture underground to a fully equipped hospital built in a large air-raid shelter during World War II. This hospital was constructed to protect the Mount Isa District Hospital in the event of an air raid following the bombing of Darwin Hospital. Fortunately the Japanese never reached Mount Isa and the Underground Hospital was never utilised for the purpose of which it was intended. However, night shift nurses would sleep there right up to the 1960’s. It was then neglected for many years, until the local people voted to restore it. It has since received a prestigious award from the National Trust of Australia for heritage restoration and it became a museum. The museum features relics of a bygone era including medical instruments, medicine and Australian currency produced by the Japanese Government in the event of a successful invasion.

Outback at Isa

Outback at Isa is a tourist destination in itself and any visit to Mount Isa should start here. View the wonderful displays on the history and development of the city, discover Australia’s ancient past at the Riversleigh Fossil Center’s interpretive exhibit and laboratory or experience what it’s really like to be an underground miner at the Award Winning Hard Times Mine.

The Award Winning Hard Times Mine is a replicated underground mining experience built and operated by real miners. Throw on your bright orange overalls, gumboots, headlamp and hardhat and descend 22 metres underground. Here you will be given the opportunity to work some mining machinery and feel the earth move beneath your feet, with the firing of the drill face. It is a rare chance to experience first hand the daily workings of an underground mine.


Ask a Local

Outback at Isa
19 Marian Street Mount Isa Qld 4825
Tel: (07) 4749 1555 Fax: (07) 4743 6296