Western Queensland is rough-and-tumble outback. It also happens to be well set-up for insightful road trips, with oodles to do, both deep underground and across its frequently scorching surface. Mount Isa isn’t only central to the mining industry in Western Queensland, it’s also a touring nexus, right in the middle of a stack of attractions including the imposing Lead Stack, a famous element of the town’s skyline.
The city of Mount Isa sits within tribal lands that belong traditionally to the people of the Kalkadoon nation, descendents of whom still live in the area. A visit to the Kalkadoon Aboriginal Cultural Centre will ensure you’re familiar with the stories, art and artefacts of the area’s original inhabitants.
If somebody mentions Mount Isa, you might be inclined to think of mining, and you’d be right: it’s an inextricable and important part of the place.
At Hard Times Mine, don the hard hat, descend in the cage, and try out the machinery.
Since 1960, students across the huge expanse of Queensland who have no ready access to brick-and-mortar schools have been educated by the School of the Air. Tours of the school reveal the organisation involved in dispensing these crucial half-hour radio sessions.
Not too far from Mount Isa, Cloncurry is the regional base for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Highly trained pilots and intrepid, self-sufficient doctors are crucial to remote regional medicine. Drop by to see how it all comes together.
For more information on caravan parks and holiday accommodation near Mount Isa, visit our Riverina guide.
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