Community to Celebrate Together at Mount Isa Day Event

Mount Isa Day

Published: 13th February 2023

Local performers and school students will get on board to celebrate Mount Isa’s 100th birthday with the rest of the community on Thursday, February 23, at Kruttschnitt Oval.

Mount Isa Day will kick off with a free community morning tea from 9am at the Civic Centre on West Street, featuring Australian country music favourite Tania Kernaghan and former Mount Isan Craig “Macca” McGown – her co-host on the caravanning and camping lifestyle TV program What’s Up Downunder – and a live broadcast from local radio station MOB FM.

For catering purposes, people who would like to attend the community morning tea are kindly asked to RSVP in person at the Civic Centre, or by calling them on 4747 3300 or emailing

The morning tea will include the official launch of Mount Isa City Library’s “Isa in Images” online historical photo database, which contains more than 1000 historical images of Mount Isa over the decades and is free for anyone to access.  It will also feature historical videos of Mount Isa, speeches, and a chance for people to talk about the great history of Mount Isa.

Entry to Splashez Aquatic Centre will be free from 4pm-7pm on Thursday, February 23, and all day on Friday, February 24.  

The official reopening of the recently upgraded and revamped Family Fun Park, and the greater Family Fun Precinct, will be held prior to the evening’s festivities, featuring a plaque unveiling and speeches. ABC North West Queensland will be broadcasting live all afternoon at Splashez and for the reopening.

The Mount Isa Day evening event will kick off at 6pm and will include performances from musicians from The Mount Isa Folk Club, as well as Mount Isa Community Ensembles, and Cath Purcell. They will be joined by Tania Kernaghan and Macca.

The event will include free entertainment, a bar, food and community stalls, and family fun, with a gala fireworks display to be held at 9pm. Mount Isa City Council thanks Mount Isa Mines for proudly sponsoring this event.

Following a Council request, the State Government has designated February 24 to be a special, or bank, holiday for Mount Isa, to celebrate the centenary. This means that schools and government departments (with the exception of health or emergency services) have the day off, while businesses can stay open if they so wish. Unlike Show Day, it is not a public holiday.

Special holidays are appointed by the State Government for special events or commemorative days in certain districts throughout Queensland, upon the request of the local Council.

Outback at Isa will host specialised underground tours, featuring themed crib port lunches, at its Hard Times Mine attraction and will also have a display of historical photos at its Mount Isa Regional Art Gallery. These will also be run between 9am and 1pm on Friday, February 24. Call Outback at Isa on 4749 1555 or email them at to find out more.