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Top Scenic Locations for a Picnic in Mount Isa

Top Scenic Locations for a Picnic in Mount Isa
on 14 September 2020 in Travel & Lifestyle


With spectacular views of the Australian Outback combined with history and modern society, a scenic Mount Isa picnic is a must for anyone who’s in the city.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a local or a visitor, some of these hidden gems are astonishing enough to make Instagram jealous. 

As with all picnics, it is advised that you do your due diligence and prepare properly to ensure a good time. This includes bringing enough food, drinks, equipment and gear, entertainment, rugs, shade if needed, and so on. Also, make it a point to check the weather forecast ahead of going to make sure you don’t get caught out in bad weather.

So without further ado, here are the top scenic locations for a picnic in Mount Isa.

Lake Moondarra

Starting the list with a bang, a picnic at Lake Moondarra is an excellent start to enjoying your time outdoors with a magnificent view. 

The lake presents a wonderful change to the dry and dusty surroundings of the Aussie Outback with several vantage points for great photo shots. 

With plenty of barbecue facilities and shaded areas to make the most of your picnic, the awe-inspiring views of Lake Moondarra set the scene for a great time.

For a great picnic to happen, the more activities there are available to you, the more options for fun everyone can have at their whim. From water skiing to fishing for some barramundi and even canoeing and swimming, make the most of the waters of the lake. There are plenty of walking trails along the rocky surrounds.

If you prefer laying back and chilling out instead, the abundance of birdlife including pelicans, galahs, and cormorants. You’ll also see a bunch of local peacocks wandering around the lakeside. 

The sunset view is amazing at Lake Moondarra so you may want to time your picnic just before sunset to catch some red and orange skies reflecting shimmeringly onto the lake. 

Mount Isa Lookout

Taking the time and effort to hike up to the Mount Isa Lookout comes with the great reward of getting the best views in town. Whether you’re hoping to catch the magnificent sunrise, the spectacular sunset, or even just the beautiful daylight, the views launched upon you are nothing short of mesmerising. 

At night, you get to see the whole city light up in all of its glory. Truly an amazing sight, take in the skylight as you gaze upon the Outback night sky. A picnic at night shouts romance or intimate strengthening of relationships and bonds, given the lifelong memories that will stand the test of time.

For those who want to experience the charge in the mine go off, head to the lookout by 7:50AM, and witness the shock wave beneath your feet and the sounds akin to roars of thunder. 

Mount Isa Lookout is easily accessible from the city centre. It is worth noting that the walk up can be a bit steep for some. Alternatively, you can drive to the lookout, however, note that there are very limited parking spaces and definitely not enough room for large vehicles or towed caravans.

Take a picture with the Mount Isa Lookout’s unique sign displaying directions of where the rest of the world is in comparison. Whatever time you decide to visit, a picnic at the Mount Isa Lookout is an experience not to be missed. 

Springtime Jazz in the Park

Happening on Sunday 27 September 2020, the Springtime Jazz in the Park offers a unique picnic experience that incorporates the best of jazz music and the enjoyment of lounging around great scenery with an included drink of choice.

Bring the family and friends along to Outback at Isa Park to enjoy the native Australian flora, wide grassy spaces, and an awesome picnic experience while live jazz music is played to your entertainment. 

Tickets are $30 per entry and are limited due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, so get them today to avoid disappointment. Access is via Mullen Street Car Park and all proceeds will go to fundraising efforts to help the community. 

Since you’re already in town, why not make the most of your time here and spoil yourself to the best Mount Isa accommodation at the Redearth Boutique Hotel? 

Promising luxurious comfort with exceptional customer service and a wide range of dining options that will entice your palate, your time at Mount Isa will feel extravagant. Whether it’s a celebration or simply just a weekend away, a stay at Redearth Boutique Hotel guarantees a night to be remembered. 


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