Mines and fossils in Mount Isa

Experience real outback Queensland in this mining town.

Mount Isa is a real mining town and it shows. While there’s plenty to do for visitors, Mount Isa’s mining past, present and future shines through.

Get an overview of the town from the Mount Isa City Lookout, which provides some of the best views of the city, especially at sunset. You can drive to the top for a 360-degree panorama of the city and the mines.

If you’d rather stretch your legs, Telstra Hill is one of Mount Isa’s most-popular walking tracks. Snap a few pictures up top as it’s a prime spot for photography.

Your first stop back in town should be Outback at Isa, Mount Isa’s major tourism hub. Here you’ll find the Visitor Information Centre, Hard Times Mine Underground Tour, Isa Experience and Outback Park, the Mount Isa Regional Art Gallery, Riversleigh Fossil Centre, Mount Isa Fish Hatchery Project and the Outback Cafe.

The Isa Experience is the perfect place to start to get a real understanding of Mount Isa. It covers everything from daily life in the town’s early days to the development of the mining industry and the local Aboriginal experience.

Outside, the Outback Park is a lush landscape of native plants, including a waterfall. You can walk around the lagoon and enjoy the relaxing serenity.

The Hard Times Mine is a recreation of an underground mine. Join a tour run by ex-miners who will give you the full rundown on the history of the mining industry. Throw on some orange overalls and a hard hat before descending down a shaft to the mines. Although it’s a recreation, the experience is very realistic, from the darkness to the heat.

The Riversleigh Fossil Centre displays fossils from the Australian Fossil Mammal Site at Riversleigh, which covers 10,000 hectares. The oldest fossils date back 15 to 25 million years. The fossils provide an extraordinary depiction of the evolution of some of the most distinctive mammals in the world.

Finally, don’t miss the Underground Hospital and Museum. During World War II, thousands of troops moved into Northwest Queensland. After the Darwin Hospital was bombed, this underground hospital was built in the event of an air raid. The museum does a wonderful job of bringing the history of the hospital to life.

Visit some of Queensland’s most popular outback locations including Mount Isa on a 19-day Journey of the Gulf Savannah tour from $9363 per person twin share. For more information visit RACQ Travel or contact one of our friendly travel consultants on 1300 096 166.

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