Our favourite attractions and things to see in the heart of the outback
Mount Isa has a rich mining history, dating back to 1923, when its vast mineral deposits were first discovered, and the town was formed. Mount Isa is still a prosperous mining town today, and the giant stacks of the famous MIM ore smelting mine are visible from all over town.
While Mount Isa has grown and prospered, the landscape you see today is very much unchanged. Visitors travel from all over to enjoy our outback, for the fishing, camping, four wheel driving, or just to admire the impressive outback sunsets.
Mount Isa Rodeo
Mount Isa is widely known as the rodeo capital of Australia. The annual Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo is held in August, and brings more than 25,000 visitors to Mount Isa over the three event days. A true demonstration of the romance of the Australian Outback meeting the grit of a mining town - not to be missed.
A great camping site, located next to Lawn Hill Creek and downstream from the Gorge, with easy access to the Lawn Hill National Park. An on-premise restaurant, small shop, small air strip and national park tours - the Riversleigh Fossil Deposits tour is a must-see!
Outback Visitor Information Centre
The hub of all Mount Isa attractions - make this your first stop in town. You'll find information on a range of tours, our favourites include the Riverleigh Fossil Centre, Isa Experience Gallery, Hard Times Mine Tour and the Outback Park.
Riverleigh Fossil Deposits
The fossils on display at Riversleigh are some of the richest and most extensive deposits in the world. Some date back as far as 25 million years! Turtles, fish, snails, crocodiles, lizards, pythons, birds and many types of mammals have been discovered in the Riversleigh deposits, showing what life was like for these animals before the continental shift.
Underground Hospital & Museum
Visit the first hospital to operate in Mount Isa, built underground to protect patients during WWII in the event of an air raid. Brimming with history, the site offers the chance for visitors to experience what life was like in the early days of Mount Isa, with an accompanying museum, and replica tent house to explore.
Hilary Street Lookout
This is the place to see that infamous Aussie outback sunset - with 360-degree panoramic views over Mount Isa and surrounds. The best view in Mount Isa!
Clem Walton Park & Mary Kathleen Uranium Mine
Have a look inside an old open cut uranium mine, complete with an abandoned village! Take a picnic for lunch and relax on the banks of the picturesque Corella River.
A beautiful spot for a picnic, with still water making Lake Moondarra a popular spot for swimming, boating, canoeing and fishing.
Clancy Corporation Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic
A jam-packed weekend of non-stop action with 3 days of family fun and excitement. Held annually in October, you can expect fishing competitions, live entertainment and bands, fireworks, lots of food, fun and more.
Kalkadoon Tribal Centre & Cultural Keeping Place
A cultural centre for the preservation of the culture and heritage of the Kalkadoon people, including a keeping place for Aboriginal artefacts. The Kalkadoon were a fierce, warlike tribe that ruled the Emu Foot province - what we now call Mount Isa.
A theatrical insight into the development of Mount Isa, through short movies. Learn about the mining industry developement, the cultural diversity of Mount Isa, and the quirkiness of daily life in the early days of the town in the vibrant and entertaining exhibit.
School of the Air
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the School of the Air - a school run via correspondence, for children across rural Australia who don't have access to a traditional school.
Royal Flying Doctor Service RFDS
Mount Isa Base operates self-guided tours of their museum, aircraft display and video presentation to give an insight to the amazing work the Royal Flying Doctor Service do.
Mount Isa Golf Club
Take a day on the greens at Mount Isa Golf Club. With an impressive 18 hole course and driving range, enjoy majestic views as you take your shot.
Catch the latest release cinema movies while you sit back, relax and enjoy at the Isa Cinema. Conveniently located opposite the Isa Hotel!
For more information about specific tours or attractions, please contact our knowledgeable reception staff by calling (07) 4749 8888