Where Is Mount Isa & What Is Her History? Where Is Mount Isa & What Is Her History?

 The City of Mount Isa is located
  • 1829 kilometres from Brisbane, the Queensland State Capital
  • 883 kilometres from Townsville (the nearest major City)


Mount Isa City covers an area of over 43 310 square kilometres, making it geographically the second largest city in Australia to Kalgoorlie-Boulder WA. With a population of approximately 21,000, Mount Isa is a major service centre for North West Queensland, and a thriving city well equipped to satisfy residential, business and industrial needs.

Located within the Mount Isa City boundary is the town of Camooweal - "The Western Gateway to Queensland". Camooweal is approximately 200 kilometres to the west of Mount Isa and its main street is actually the highway, making it the longest street in the world!

The major retail chains in Mount Isa include K-Mart, Coles, Best & Less, Rockmans, Sports Power, Mathers Shoes, Super Cheap Auto, Harvey Norman, Autobarn and Woolworths are represented together with a wide range of specialist retailers.


In 1923 lone prospector John Campbell Miles, while travelling on a gold prospecting trip to the Northern Territory, camped by the banks of the Leichhardt River. Sampling a nearby rock outcrop, he realised that it was heavily mineralised.

Campbell Miles had stumbled on to one of the world's richest copper, silver, lead and zinc ore bodies.
He decided to call his discovery "Mount Isa" after the stories he had heard of the Mount Ida goldfield in Western Australia.

Almost 100 years later, the Mount Isa Mine (now owned by Swiss mining giant, Xstrata) is still one of Australia's largest producers of copper ore.

The early pioneers of Mount Isa faced many hardships. The lack of water, remoteness, the summer heat, high costs and scarcity of essential items made life extremely difficult.

Despite these hardships, the pioneers endured to create a city that has attracted people from all around the world.

Check out www.celebrateisa.com.au to find out a little more about our rich history.