Mount Isa Queensland
Mount Isa is a city of about 23,000 people, located 1830km north west of Brisbane. It’s one of Australia’s most famous mining towns – right up there with Kalgoorlie, Broken Hill and Bendigo. This is partly because it’s home to the Mount Isa Mine, one the most productive mines in world history – producing lead, silver, copper and zinc.
Mount Isa is the most populous place in Queensland’s western interior - the Gulf Country. If this gives you any idea of the character of the place – it’s also the rodeo capital of Australia.
While it’s remote - you’re in the famous “Outback” of Australia – Mount Isa is no backwater. There are about 31,000 people in the hinterland, which means there are plenty of schools, medical services and community groups. You’ll find all the major chain stores there – from restaurants to furniture and electrical stores. Perhaps it’s no wonder they sometimes sell the place as “the oasis of the outback”.
There’s plenty to do if you’re the outdoor type. Mount Isa is nestled among the red Selwyn Ranges and the Leichardt River – so you can go camping, fishing, four-wheel driving (off-roading) or even go check out the Riversleigh Fossil Fields. There are strong sporting clubs and plenty of arts and cultural groups, including a very active local theatre. There are cinemas, skate parks, bowling alleys and go-karting facilities.
For more information on the town, check out the Mount Isa City Council’s website.
If there is a drawback, it’s possibly that it’s a bit warm. The average maximum temperatures from November to January are 37C to 38C. In winter, the average maximum in June is 24C.
The Mount Isa mine is operated by Xstrata. It includes the Enterprise underground copper mine, the X41 copper mine, the Black Star open cut silver lead and zinc mine and related smelting activities.
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