Royal Flying Doctor Services Australia Mt Isa Base
"Without us, a lot of visitors to the Outback would be permanent residents"
In a country with a huge land mass and scarcely populated remote, isolated areas, the Royal Flying Doctor Services was born.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service provides primary health care in rural and remote areas, and performs emergency medical retrieval and inter-hospital transfers.
The Royal Flying Doctor Services Mount Isa Base covers an area of 500km in radius, and 40 - 50,000 people are looked after by the small crew of 3 doctors, 3 nurses and 4 pilots. These dedicated staff work around the clock to provide medical assistance to people in need. It is not unusual for them to see up to 480 patients in a month, just in clinic visits alone, without mentioning the countless evacuation.
The Royal Flying Doctors Visitors Centre is open to the public. You can learn the story about the outback's greatest miracle here.
Monday to Friday 9:30am - 4:30pm.
Website for the RFDS Queensland section:
- Family Travel
- Museum Visits
16km north of Mt Isa is Lake Moondarra. - I think it was man made but I am not sure. It is a very popular spot for barbecuing and sailing. I was just happy to see some water again being all the way out there in the outback.
There were lots of kangaroos in the evening.
- Sailing and Boating
- Water Sports
Frank Aston museum
Frank Aston museum is partly underground and has displays on the history of Mt Isa and about the local aboriginal people.
There's also a lot of old mining gear and flying doctors radios and a huge crocdile skull.
It has a bit of everything.
- Historical Travel
The first metals in the area was discovered in 1923 and that is when Mt Isa got its name. It is a corruption of the name Mt Ida which is a goldfield in WA.
The mine is extremely rich in zinc, lead, copper and silver. There are 4600km of tunnels and you can get to see some of it on a 3 hour underground tour. There is also a two hour bustour above ground.
From this hill you can see all around Mt Isa, you can see the mine (excellent at night when you can see all the lights), and you can see just how far it is to London, North Pole or New York. Just look at the sign!
The City Lookout is right behind my backyard. From there you can have an unobstructed 360 degrees view of the city and beyond, not to mention the many photo taking opportunities.
Pic was taken from the lookout while walking my dog.
- Family Travel
Mount Isa Mine
MIM, the lifeline of Mount Isa, most people living here are one way or another involved with the mine Without the mine, this town wouldn't even exist.
One fine night. 9:14pm. My mobile phone rang. "Hey they're pouring the sludge at 9:30 you wanna go see?" "What's so interesting about sludge?" "Just come you won't regret".
8 minutes later we were at the mine. Not long after the truck loaded with sludge from the copper smelter came and out it went into the sludge pool. Red hot molten sludge. Even standing at a distance made me feel the heat. The sight was spectacular but my pic doesn't do any justice to it. You've to see it with your own eyes.
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
Underground Mining Experience
Mount Isa is one of Australia's biggest underground mining centres. The Underground Mining Experience will allow you to venture 15m below ground to take a guided tour of the man-made mine, complete with around 1km of mine tunnels and a variety of operating machinery and equipment from the MIM (Mount Isa Mine) operations working in the mine.
Wearing protective clothings, you'll enter the shaft in a cage lowered from a historic headframe donated by MIM. It was actually the first headframe used at the mines. The daily tours are guided by former miners.
- Theme Park Trips
- Family Travel
Outback at Isa
If you are driving to Isa from the east via Cloncurry, you won't miss the Outback at Isa. It's on your left hand side before you enter the town centre.
It's the first-time tourist's one-stop shop for roads and travel information, maps, toilets, and even showers and lockers.
Don't miss the Riversleigh Fossil Interpretive Centre and research lab which offers a fascinating look into the ancient past. Riversleigh is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
Also check out the Outback Innovation Gallery, where you can find out how the mineral field was found and tamed, and how it was to become the largest mineral province in the world in terms of different minerals found in the area. From the toughest of times, this western mining town of the 1920s evolved into Australia's premier mining city.
The Outback Park is also part of the Outback@Isa, with walking trails, a lagoon, fauna area and native flora. There's an outdoor amphitheatre where cultural activities take place.
- Road Trip
The gregory downs pub .
Hi whilst in the area you must stop in the pub for a few cold beers or 3 or4 or;) haha you get the picture,the pubs in the centre of town and once a year they have a canoe race in march i think ,the barramundi fishing in this river is superb,although the locals may be abit reluctant to tell you the best spot.
- Road Trip
Underground mine trip
When you're in Mount Isa, ask the hotel/motel owner to point you in the direction of the underground mine visit.
It's well worth the trip.
It's free and if you can stand the acrid smell of sulphur, axphixiating on a bad day, you'll be fascinated by life a mile or 2 underground.
Don't take the kids. The smell can be overpowering on a bad day.
Copper, Silver, Lead and Zinc Mine
In The Isa they organize surface and underground tours. It takes you through the workshops and mine site.