The Mount Isa region was first inhabited by the Kalkadoon tribal people or thousands of years. In February 1923, John Campbell Miles discovered the silevr-lead-zinc in the North West Queensland region and named this area as Mount Isa. In 1963, Mount Isa became Mount Isa Shire Council and started managing its own administration. On 30 May 1968, Mount Isa gained the status of a city when the population had increased considerably in the city.
Mount Isa enjoys an excellent climate of 50 wet days and average 9.5 hours of sunshine in a year. During the summer months the temperatures soar up to 30ºC on an average. During winters, the average temperatures drop down to 12ºC or lesser and the days are very pleasant. The rainy season extends from November to March.
Mount Isa is by far reachable by all means of transport. The Qantas airlines operate daily flights to Brisbane with interstate connections with Mount Isa. Macair also operates daily flights to Mount Isa and Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville. The Queensland rail operates a passenger rail between Mount Isa and Townsville twice a week. Regular coach services operate between Mount Isa and Brisbane and Townsville and between Mount Isa and Tennat Creek five times a week. Most of the roads in Mount Isa are sealed and many private car companies operate four wheeler hiring services in the city.
The Mount Isa Civic Centre is the perfect place for cultural entertainment, ranging from cabaret, theatre, musical to rock band concerts being held from time-to-time. The Centre also organises several art exhibitions and displays the works of local artists in these exhibitions.
Mount Isa also boasts of a wide variety of tourist attraction spots and activities. Some of them include:
- Rodeo Drive
- Lake Julius
- Lawn Hill National Park
- Lake Moondarra
- Outback at Mount Isa
- Riversleigh Fossil area
- Camooweal Caves National Park
- Kalkadoon Tribal Centre
- National Trust Tent Museum
- The John Middleden Museum
- The Cloncurry- Mount Isa Road
Mount Isa also has lots to offer when it comes to dining as a whole range of restaurants and cafés serve your favourite cuisine. Few popular ones are—Pizza Hut, Red Rooster, Chopsticks Palace, Red Lantern Chinese Restaurant, Los Toros Mexican Restaurant and Mount Isa Irish Club.
Mount Isa also has a wide variety of hotels, motels, caravan parks and guesthouses which offer both cheap and comfortable accommodation options. Few of them are: The Mount Isa Hotel Boyd Hotel Argent Hotel Waltons Motor Court Silver Star Motel Dalpura Motel Boomerang Lodge