Mount Isa vantage points for romantic sunset picnics

Sunsets in Mount Isa are spectacular, especially if you take them in from some of our best vantage points. With Valentine’s Day looming large, here are our recommendations for the best romantic picnic spots where you can take in all the stunning views that are on offer for free.

City Lookout

The name says it all. The iconic City Lookout at sunset in Mount Isa gives you an uninterrupted, 360-degree view of the red and orange sky at sunset, hawks soaring, the emerging stars in the night sky and the city lights below. 

It’s a magical setting and there are picnic tables nearby where you can take it all in with that special someone. 

Location: Hilary Street, Mount Isa. You can either drive up there or hike, the choice is yours. There is fairly limited parking though, so either get there early or walk.

Lake Moondarra

Outback sunsets over the water at Lake Moondarra are majestic. The mix of red, yellow and orange colours are simply stunning. You’ll be able to find plenty of picturesque, shady spots beside the Lake where you’ll be able to take plenty of Instagram or Facebook-worthy snaps. 

Or you could perch yourself higher up on the landscape overlooking the lake to broaden your view. You’ll have plenty of native birds to keep you company, including galahs, pelicans, ducks, hawks and peacocks.

A sunset or moonlight swim at Lake Moondarra is very refreshing, and you’ll find plenty of shaded barbecue spots that are all well-stocked with wood. There are walking trails as well for romantic strolls, including the Wallaby Walk.  The Lake also has a lookout that overlooks Transport Bay.

Location: Moondarra Drive, Mount Isa. It’s a 20-minute drive from town via the Barkly Highway.

Telstra Hill

Telstra Hill is a 3-kilometre round trip of walking trail that rewards you with stunning panoramic views of Mount Isa at its summit. Late in the day to catch the sunset for a picnic is a great time to go because there isn’t a lot of shade on the walk, so it’s best to avoid the heat in the middle of the day. 

Location: It’s 5 minutes out of town heading towards Cloncurry. You can’t miss it when you’re nearby. Just look for the big Telstra tower that’s perched on top of it.

The Granites

The Granites used to be a working mine about 15 minutes drive out of Mount Isa. Now its granite slabs make for great, secluded picnic spots. You can also take awesome photos of the Outback sunset after taking the walking trail to the top of the hill.

But the Granites entry is secluded and unsigned, so it’s easy to miss. Just look for the red gate entry on the right hand side as you drive out of Mount Isa on the way to Boulia

What to bring on your romantic, sunset picnic in Mount Isa

There are no rules when you picnic Mount Isa style. Grab a picnic hamper or make your own basket of goodies. Here are some ideas for what to bring, depending on where you’re going:

  • picnic blanket
  • cushions
  • wine and wine glasses
  • platter of your favourite snacks
  • cheese
  • chocolates
  • serviettes
  • flowers
  • small picnic table.

When is Valentine’s Day this year?

Valentine’s Day is always on February 14 each year, and in 2022 that means it falls on a Monday. What better way to start the week than to plan a surprise picnic for your partner? Whether you’ve been together for weeks, months or years, it’s a day worth celebrating. Experiencing a Mount Isa sunset picnic together will make memories you’ll want to remember all year round and for years to come. There’s nothing quite like an outback setting.

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