Whether you call Queensland home, have come from interstate, or are visiting from abroad… Mount Isa is a must-see destination!

Your oasis in the outback, we have much to see and do… as well as being the perfect base camp for day trips to many of the other great attractions throughout the region.

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About Mount Isa About Mount Isa

From its humble beginnings 90 years ago as Australia’s first ‘company town’, Mount Isa has grown to become one of the largest and most important industrial powerhouses in the nation.

Mount Isa is a vibrant and progressive city and has become the administrative, commercial, and industrial centre of North West Queensland. It covers an area of over 43,310 square kilometres (including the township of Camooweal), making it the second largest city in Australia to Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Today, the Mount Isa City Council operates tourism and entertainment facilities, supports local industry and commerce, and provides for the needs of all residents and visitors alike.

Our region produces some of the country’s best beef, and is known internationally as one of the worlds top 10 producers of copper, lead, silver, and zinc. Mount Isa is also home to the Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo, the award winning Buchanan park, the Family Fun Park, and the annual Xstrata Mining Expo.

But Mount Isa is not just about mining… it is a family friendly city, rich with community pride. A land of opportunity with regard to career, education, and lifestyle. From the $4.25 million all-abilities family park opened in June 2009 to the Lake Moondarra Barramundi Fishing Classic, from the Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo to the ample retail and shopping facilities, there is a wide variety of attractions that make visiting, living, and working in the city such an attraction.

 

Mount Isa City Council

Between 1923 and 1963 Local Government was administered by Cloncurry Shire Council. Then on July 1, 1963, Mount Isa commenced its existence as Mount Isa Shire Council. The shire was created from a merger of Cloncurry Shire's excised Division 4 and the area of the former Barkly Tableland Shire Council (the township of Camooweal and surrounding rural areas).

The newly-created local authority's area was 41,225 square kilometres (boundary alteration in 1996 added 1679 km2) with an estimated population 15,192.

City status was proclaimed on May 30, 1968 when Mount Isa's populatfon officially exceeded 18,000. Significant population growth in the area continued to it's peak in 1973 of approximately 33,000.

 

CITY PROFILE

 
Local Government
Mount Isa City - includes Camooweal
Location
Extends from the Selwyn Ranges (head of the Leichhardt River) to the Northern Territory border on the Barkly Tableland (head of the Georgina River). Equidistant between Brisbane and Darwin with Townsville port 883 km to the east.
Area
43,310 sq km
State Electorate
Mount Isa
Federal Division
Kennedy
Traditional Owners
Kalkadoon and Indjilandji Tribes