Fly To Mount Isa, Australia
Mount Isa a relatively small Queensland city, built around the geological wealth found in the area. Mining is a huge part of Mount Isa’s existence, and Mount Isa Mines is one of the single most productive mines in history.
It’s not all dirt and minerals in this city, however – Mount Isa is known as the Rodeo Capital of Australia, and holds a famous rodeo and Mardi Gras festival each year. Book your flights to Mount Isa in early August if you want to catch this spectacular event. It’s easy to do with the online flight search tool above, and we’ll make sure you get the best deal for your money as well.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Mount Isa, or anywhere else in Australia. You’ll also need to make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The nearest South African Consulate to Mount Isa is the South African Honorary Consulate in Adelaide. 101 Port Wakefield Road, Cavan SA 5094. Phone: + 61 8 8139 7300.
See and do
Mount Isa is first and foremost a mining city, and the Hard Times Mine Tour gives an excellent insight into this aspect of the town. It’s guided by current and former miners and includes machinery demonstrations, underground adventures, and real-life anecdotes about mining life. It’s an unforgettable experience, and well worth your time.
Minerals aren’t the only things you’ll find in Mount Isa’s ground – there are fossils as well, and the Riversleigh Fossils Centre has a wonderful display.
Believe it or not, there’s an underground hospital as well, dating back to World War II. It’s been listed as a National Heritage Site, and makes a very unique place to visit when you’re in town.
Of course, the Mount Isa Rodeo and Mardi Gras is the major event every year. The population of Mount Isa nearly triples for these few days, as Australians and international visitors flock to see the rodeo action. It’s the biggest rodeo event in the Southern Hemisphere, and worth timing your visit to catch if you can.
When you’re looking for souvenirs to take home from your trip, consider the hand-painted glassware or opal jewellery from the region. Gold-plated gum leaf jewellery makes a very unique gift, as do the clocks made from local minerals.
Getting around Mount Isa is best done by car, as there is little to no public transport to be found. Apart from a fleet of 35 taxis, the only transport to be had tends to be inter-city rather than local and won’t help you during your stay.
Mount Isa Airport – ISA
Food and beverage: There is a café and kiosk in the airport terminal where you can grab a cup of hot coffee before heading on your way.
Currency Exchange: There are no foreign exchange facilities at Mount Isa Airport, but you can draw cash from the ATM located in the terminal, opposite the check in desks.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Items lost within the airport can be reported to airport security who will direct you appropriately.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Abacus Motel, Ibis Styles Mount Isa Verona, and Central Point Motel.
Car Hire: Avis, Budget, Hertz, and Four Wheel Drive.