Get a spectacular bird's eye view of Mount Isa from the city's Hilary
Street lookout.The lookout with its global signpost, offers a 360-degree
panorama of the city and mine area.
Visitors must make a second look at sunset or after dark for spectacular
views of the Mount Isa mine at night.
School of the Air
Queensland's School of the Air was established in 1960 and is now based in
Mount Isa. The School is
one of seven in Queensland and provides education by qualified teachers
for 280 students from
pre-school to year 10, in an area that extends east from the Northern
Territory border to Richmond and south from Burketown to Birdsville.
Tours through the School give visitors a behind the scenes appreciation of
the organisation required to run a school without classrooms, where the
teacher cannot see the students, no the students see the teacher or each
Classes are conducted by radio in 30-minute sessions, and students proceed
with independent study each day with assistance by a home supervisor,
usually a parent or governess.
The first hospital in Mount Isa was a row of tents operated by the company
from the earliest years of mining operations. Mount Isa Mines opened a 40
bed Community Hospital on the leases in 1929. Eventually another hospital
was built on the Hospital reserve in town.
With the expanded hospital complex it was realised with two competing
hospitals and funding for both that neither could be run efficiently and
residents were encouraged to use the state run hospital. The mine hospital
was effectively reduced to a casualty and first-aid station.
With the advent of World War II the impact on Australia was not great until
the bombing in 1942 of Darwin. The work on defending the top end of
Australia caused the influx of thousands of American troops into Northwest
Queensland from April 1942. With the bombing of the Darwin Hospital,
precautions were taken to protect the Mount Isa district hospital in the
event of an air raid.
Lake Moondarra is situated just 20 kilometers north of the city centre of
Mount Isa. Access to the lake is by a sealed road and offers a picturesque
the lake is a popular place for locals and tourists to visit because of its
The lakes safe still water encourages swimming, boating, sailing and
canoeing. It has also been stocked with barramundi to lure the anglers for
an excellent spot of fishing. permits are not required to fish at Lake
Moondarra, but catch limits do apply.
There are several scenic picnic areas located around the lake with large
shady trees and these are some of the best places in Mount Isa to have
barbeques. The Barbeques are free of charge and have a woodpile that is
Lake Moondarra hosts an arry of bird life such as pelicans, cormorants,
galahs and ducks, just to name a few, giving excellent photographic
oppertunitys. Avid bird watchers can obtain a species list from Outback at
Campbell's Surface Tour of Mount Isa Mines
This tour ceased permanently in November 2012.