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Mount Isa Holidays Overview
Mount Isa is set in the north west of Queensland, 1830 km from Brisbane, and 904 km from Townsville. Mount Isa is famous for its surrounding rugged red terrain and harsh environment. Mount Isa has a population of about 20 000 from over 50 different nations. Mount Isa's economy is firmly based on the mining industry with Mt Isa Mines being the most prolific mine in the history of the world, producing copper, lead, silver and zinc.
Mount Isa sits on the Leichardt River amongst the Selwyn Ranges. Mount Isa was discovered in 1923 when a rich seam of silver lead was discovered by John Campbell Miles, and mining began in earnest a short time later.
There are many attractions for the tourist to experience in Mount Isa including tours of mines, national parks, 4 wheel driving through the rugged terrain, Barramundi fishing in the man made Lake Moondarra, the Royal Flying Doctor's Base, and the School of the Air.
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Isa Rodeo started in 1959 and has been going strong ever since. Held each year in August, the Isa Rodeo is now the biggest event on the Australian rodeo calendar, and the largest rodeo in the Southern Hemisphere. The Isa Rodeo runs for 2 weeks and festivities include live entertainment, horse racing, art and photographic exhibitions, and a Mardi Gras. Prize money of over $200 000 attracts cowboys and competitors from all over the globe.
Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic is held each year on the last weekend in October. All ages and abilities are catered for in this 3 day fishing event. The Lake Moondarra fishing classic is considered to be the most exciting and prestigious freshwater North West fishing competition. You may even win $25 000 if you are lucky enough to snag the Mt Isa Water Board Tagged Barra. This is a very family friendly event with children's activities, live entertainment, yabbie races, trade exhibits, and casting competitions ensuring that there is fun for all ages and fishing abilities.
holidays - How to Get There
FLIGHTS There are direct flights from Mt Isa to Brisbane, Gold Coast, Darwin and Townsville. Qantas provides a flight from Brisbane to Mt Isa every day of the week. QantasLink flies from Townsville to Mt Isa Mon to Fri twice a day and once on a Sat. Regional Pacific provides a service between Cairns and Mt Isa on Monday, Wednesday and Friday once each day.