Described as the Oasis of the Outback – a gleaming mirage on the horizon for travellers from all directions, Mount Isa nestles among the ochre-red Selwyn Ranges, on the banks of the Leichhardt River. You can also use Mount Isa as a base for exploring Queensland’s Outback.
Mount Isa has grown over the years but the harsh picturesque landscape has barely changed, becoming one of the main draw-cards for visitors each year. Mount Isa brings out the adventurous spirit in everyone, with ample places to fish, camp, four-wheel drive, and relax and enjoy an Outback sunset. The rugged terrain is a four-wheel driver’s haven, and visitors can explore the region just as the pioneers of the region did many years ago.
The twin jewels in Mount Isa’s crown are the spectacular Lawn Hill Gorge in Boodjamulla National Park and its neighbour, the world-heritage listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields, both of which are accessed from Mount Isa.
A must-see while in Mount Isa is the Outback at Isa complex, incorporating the award-winning Riversleigh Fossil Centre, Hard Times Mine, Sir James Foots Building, Outback Park and the Mount Isa Tourist Info Centre.
Other attractions are the School of the Air, the Royal Flying Doctors base, National Trust Tent House, Underground Hospital and Beth Anderson Museum, surface tours of Mount Isa Mines and fishing for barramundi at Lake Moondarra.