Lakeview Drive, Mount Isa
Amongst its ochre-red ranges, lies Lake Moondarra, 16km downstream from the Rodeo Capital. It's a freshwater fisherman's dream and in October each year hosts Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic. From barra to saratoga to archerfish and cod, you’ll be sure to reel in big catches at Lake Moondarra. Want to get your hair wet? Take your canoe, sail boat or set of skis to make the most of Lake Moondarra’s 23.75km2 playground.
19 Marian St, The Gap QLD, Australia
Hard Times Mine
The Hard Times Mine Tour is more than a tour - it's an experience!
With a rich mining history, it seems only logical that the best place to start is by throwing on some bright orange overalls, gum boots, and a matching orange hard hat with cap lamp and join the Hard Times Mining Tour.
Barkly Highway, Cloncurry QLD, Australia
Mary Kathleen Mine
Mary Kathleen, was a uranium mining town, about mid way between Mount Isa and Cloncurry.
It became the site of Australia’s first major rehabilitation project of a uranium mine, completed in 1985 at a cost of $19 million. All the buildings were carted away leaving the site empty. The sign on the gate at the Barkly Hwy entrance to the site says “Even though no buildings remain, the ghost town like atmosphere makes one wonder what this flourishing community would have been like”.
Today we can still see the concrete slabs where the original buildings stood, remnants of the town’s layout and the mine itself. And if we listen carefully we may hear the distant voices of the residents as they weave through the trees on the breeze. Jump aboard the North West Tours air conditioned coach to hear more stories as they navigate you to the glistening liquid centre of the old mine, with water so blue it could envy the Amalfi Coast. Or drive yourself, however we recommend a 4WD as the road is a little rough - even by Isa standards.
Hilary Street, The Gap Mount Isa, QLD, Australia
We know there’s plenty underneath Isa that’s pretty interesting, but don’t forget about what lays above ground too.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.
The City Lookout on Hilary Street is a sunset watcher’s dream and a stargazer’s paradise – the stars do shine brighter in the Outback, after all.