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Introducing Mt Isa

‘The Isa’ is one of the state’s longest-running mining towns and a travel and lifestyle hub for central Queensland. At night the surrounding cliffs glow and zing with industry. The proud locals share the dusty heat and geographic isolation – often over multiple beers – and the sense of community is palpable.

The most pleasant surprise to first-time visitors to Isa is the stark red beauty of the place. Strange rocky formations – padded with olive-green spinifex – line the perimeter of town as deep-blue sunsets eclipse all unnatural light. Nearby are a number of under-visited camping spots and abandoned mine trails that make for fun day trips for those who like to return to ‘civilisation’ after dark.

Try to visit in mid-August for Australia’s largest rodeo.