Oasis of the outback


The city of Mount Isa is the largest centre of the North West Queensland region and is affectionately known as the ‘oasis of the outback‘.

Mount Isa is a mining town, situated on the banks of the Leichhardt River. It is 820 km west of Townsville, 160 km from the Northern Territory border and 350 km south of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Mount Isa began as a mining town, following the discovery in 1923 of substantial deposits of lead. It is now one of the world's top ten producers of copper, silver, lead and zinc. Development has kept pace as prosperity increased.

Apart from mining, the region’s major industry is beef cattle grazing. Beef roads, which service the northern Gulf properties, converge on Mount Isa which, is also an important retail service centre for the surrounding pastoral towns and properties. 

The city has grown to be a modern, well-appointed centre of 23,000 people. It is a very cosmopolitan place, with 56 different national origins living and working together in harmony.

Find out more about the Mount Isa Shire