A visit to Queensland’s cowboy capital is all about embracing the mining life, celebrating history and appreciating the unique culture of the land. From underground tours and helicopter rides over the towering mine stack to the earth-shaking underground explosions felt through town twice a day, it’s all part of the authentic Aussie outback experience.
To get an idea of the expansive reach of the red terrain around Mt Isa, visit the City Lookout. It’s especially popular in the early evening when you can watch the sun set against the silhouettes of the mine stack.
Spend a day at ‘Outback at Isa’ and explore the underground tunnels, machinery and history of local mining with a tour of Hard Times Mine. Then head over to the Mount Isa Underground Hospital, built by off-duty miners during the Second World War, and learn about 1930's life at Beth Anderson Museum.
Held annually in August, the Mt Isa Rodeo dates back to 1959. As the southern hemisphere’s largest rodeo, it’s packed full of events like bull riding and bareback bronc, plus a week long program of entertainment, most of which is included in the cost of your rodeo ticket.