Mount Isa

Aug 6 to 9 Mount Isa is a city in the Gulf Country region of Queensland. It came into existence because of the vast mineral deposits found in the area. Mount Isa Mines (MIM) is one of the most productive single mines in world history, based on combined production of lead, silver, copper and zinc. With a population of 22,000, Mount Isa is the administrative, commercial and industrial centre for the state’s vast north-western region. Although situated in an arid area, the artificial Lake Moondarra 19 km north of the city on the Leichhardt River provides both drinking water and an area for watersports, birdwatching and recreation. Locals often refer to Mount Isa as “The Isa”.

It just happened that we turned up at The Isa on the busiest weekend of the year – it was annual rodeo time (supposedly the biggest rodeo in Australia). If that is the case then I wouldn’t like to go to a small one !! But all the camp sites were full but we managed to free camp at the local golf course. We managed a game of golf but had difficulty actually finding the fairways (see pic of Siobhan who is in the middle of the 4th fairway).

Mount Isa has a great Irish Club where the Guiness is cold and poured correctly.

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