Mount Isa camping essentials

Mount Isa offers a unique camping experience for everyone. The rugged landscape, rich wildlife and breathtaking scenery make it ideal. However, camping in our remote region requires proper planning and essential gear to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.

Quality camping gear

Before heading on a Mt Isa camping trip, make sure you invest in high-quality camping gear. A sturdy tent, comfortable sleeping bags, and inflatable mattresses are vital for a good night’s rest.

Since the weather can be unpredictable, ensure your tent is designed to withstand strong winds and rain. Quality gear will keep you comfortable and protected throughout your camping trip.

The right clothing

The outback Mount Isa surroundings are known for harsh weather conditions, ranging from scorching heat during the day to chilly nights. Pack a variety of clothing, including lightweight, breathable fabrics for the day and warmer layers for the evenings.

And don’t forget to include a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun’s intense rays, especially in summer.

Adequate water supply

Water is a precious resource in the outback, and it’s crucial to stay hydrated, especially in our hot and arid climate. Make sure you carry an ample supply of water for drinking, cooking, and washing.

Also consider bringing water purifiers like filters or tablets to ensure you have access to safe drinking water throughout your camping trip.

Food and cooking equipment

Plan your meals in advance and pack enough food to sustain you and your camping partners. Choose lightweight, non-perishable food items that are easy to prepare and that provide essential nutrients.

Portable stoves, cooking utensils and a cooler to store perishables are all essential items for cooking and maintaining the freshness of your food.

Navigation tools

Mount Isa’s wilderness is vast and it can be disorienting, so it’s essential to carry navigation tools to stay on track. A detailed map, compass, and GPS device are crucial for route planning and tracking your progress. Familiarize yourself with the region before leaving on your trip.

First aid kit

Safety should always be your top priority when camping, so make sure you carry a well-stocked first aid kit on every trip. It should contain bandages, antiseptic ointment, pain relievers, insect repellent, and any personal medications you may need. Check its contents before you go and replenish it if necessary.

You should also familiarise yourself with basic first aid procedures before you go and be prepared for any minor injuries that may occur during your trip.


When night falls, Mount Isa’s outback can become pitch black. A reliable torch or headlamp is essential for navigating around your campsite, finding your belongings, and even exploring nearby areas after sunset. Don’t forget to pack extra batteries to avoid being left in the dark.

Insect protection

As with many outdoor locations, insects can be annoying in Mount Isa. Carry insect repellent to protect yourself from bites and stings. A mosquito net for your tent can also provide an extra layer of defence against these creatures, ensuring you have a more peaceful night’s sleep.

Where to get camping gear in Mount Isa

Mount Isa has a range of stores where you can get quality camping gear, including BCF in Isa Street, Ozzie Outdoors in Isa Street and TJM 4 x 4 in Simpson Street.

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