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Travelling to and Exploring Mount Isa While Over 55

Travelling to and Exploring Mount Isa While Over 55
on 01 October 2019 in Travel & Lifestyle

One of the most delightful places to explore for those over 55 years old is Mount Isa. With so many things to see and do, it’s hard to resist an adventure in this beautiful region.

In fact, one would even say that there isn’t a better time than the present to travel to and explore Mount Isa at this age.

This article dives into the schematics of having a great time in Mount Isa, including transportation, accommodation, activities, and food. 

How to get to Mount Isa


It’s easy to get to Mount Isa through the main highway with all vehicle type access. For those who crave for more of an off road adventure, you will be pleased to know that there are some 4WD accessible sites throughout the region.

A drive the Mount Isa is extremely pleasurable with some of the most astounding views in all of Australia. If you’re heading in from the West, expect to be blown away by spectacular savannah grasslands. Coming in from the East, the undulating ranges will have you looking above in awe. Head in from the south and  witness the vast expanse of an inland sea.

The distance from Brisbane to Mount Isa is 1,825 kilometres. From Sydney to Mount Isa is 2,400 kilometres. From Melbourne to Mount Isa is 2,597 kilometres. From Cairns to Mount Isa is 1,250 kilometres. From Townsville to Mount Isa is 904 kilometres.


If you would prefer to fly in, the Mount Isa airport is extremely close to the heart of the town being only 9 kilometres away.

Qantas Airlines frequently flies from Mount Isa to Brisbane with connections to majority of the main cities.

Bus or coach 

Connecting to most major towns and cities, the Greyhound bus service is your go-to for a bus or coach service into and out from Mount Isa.


The Queensland Rail services operates in Mount Isa from Townsville with several connections to many towns and cities along East Queensland. 

Where to stay in Mount Isa

An amusing find, Mount Isa doesn’t cease to amaze with its choice of first class accommodation. With luxury at your door, one accommodation specifically springs to mind – the Redearth Boutique Hotel.

Featuring ya lush vibe that boasts impeccable customer service that makes you feel truly welcomed, there aren’t many other hotels that can compare. A stay at the Redearth Boutique Hotel isn’t just a hotel room accommodation, but rather an experience. 

With waves of absolute pleasure and delight, staff are always ready to go over and beyond to ensure your time spent in Mount Isa lives up to your hopes and expectations. 

Strategic location puts the Redearth Boutique Hotel at the heart of the town centre bringing all of Mount Isa’s excellent attractions right at your doorstep. Not only are you spoilt with location, but also food. The Redearth Boutique’s very own Rodeo Bar & Grill happens to serve the best steaks in town. And if you aren’t that keen on meat, read on below to find out what else is on the menu.

What to do in Mount Isa

1. Mining tour

Once a prime location throughout the mining industry, the Mount Isa mines made headlines. So why not take a walk down history lab and experience some of the action yourself?

Simply throw on some safety shoes, overalls, a hard hat with a headlamp and join in one of the local mining tours.

Once underground, be ready for a historical treat as you discover what life was like back in the day along with how important the mining industry is for the country.

2. Visiting Mary Kathleen Mine

For those who crave more mining experiences, the Mary Kathleen Mine should make it on your list. 

With a whimsical history that has left Mary Kathleen a ghost town, the daredevil in you may be intrigued at how this mine once sourced for uranium. 

From ghost town that depicts what a scene from the apocalypse would look like to a mining site that astonishes with sapphire coloured liquid due to mineral reflection, be prepared to be amazed. 

3. Unwinding at Lake Moondarra

Just 17 clicks north of Mount Isa’s city centre, Lake Moondarra guarantees amazing fishing, water sports, and family fun involving astonishing scenery. 

From swimming to sailing to canoeing and more, there’s plenty of water activities to pass the time here. To seal the deal, a picnic or a barbecue at Lake Moondarra is a must. 

What to eat in Mount Isa

Serving probably the best steak in town, the Redearth Boutique Hotel is a must dine for the meat lover. From the OP rib on the bone grain fed black Angus aged for 8 weeks to the Wagyu Rump comprising of superior grade Aussie beef, it’s a heaven come true.

And even if steak isn’t one of your fancies, the huge range of excellent food on the menu is sure to delight even the fussiest of eaters.

The setting is beautiful with an open kitchen that serves as an aesthetic as you watch your food cook. Enjoy your meal indoors or outdoors at your leisure.

Redearth Restaurant

Conveniently located in arguably the best hotel in Mount Isa, the Redearth Restaurant guarantees impeccable food, exceptional customer service and great value for money.

With a wide range of food that guarantees freshly caught fish and amazing steaks, you will be spoilt for choice.

It’s a must visit if you’re looking to taste some of the best food Mount Isa has to offer.

Hopefully, this guide has helped open your eyes to see how easy it is to travel and explore Mount Isa in your 50s. Don’t let age and the unknowns be an obstacle stopping you from some of the best times of your life here at Mount Isa. With plenty of mining history, spectacular scenery, mouth watering delicacies, and luxury hotel accommodation, a trip to Mount Isa is a must for everyone.