Tips for living and working in Mount Isa

If you’re planning on coming to Mount Isa to live and work, we have a few tips to help you settle in. People from all over Australia (and all over the world) soon discover that Mount Isa is a great place to live, work (and play)!

Tip #1: Get yourself a place with air conditioning

Temperatures in Mount Isa can get very hot in summer. The mercury getting above 40 degrees isn’t unusual. It’s also pretty warm in autumn and spring. Getting accommodation with air conditioning if you can is a no-brainer.

The flip side of that is that our winters are very mild, though it can get cool at nights, so bring at least some winter clothes with you. They won’t get much wear for most of the year though.

If you want to venture outside in the heat, there are plenty of places to cool off in and around Mount Isa, including:

  • Splashez Aquatic Centre,
  • Lake Moondarra (where you can swim, fish, or go boating, jet skiing or kayaking), and
  • local watering holes if you have a four wheel drive to access them (the Three Steps waterfall and the Warrigal Waterhole).

If you’re coming to Mount Isa with your family, there’s also a Family Fun Park and Skate Park to help keep them entertained.

Tip #2: Get involved in the local Mount Isa community

Mount Isa is a small, friendly town and the quickest way to discover that is to get out and about in your spare time. Your diverse range of options include:

Tip #3: Do things that you won’t be able to do anywhere else

Mount Isa and surrounding areas allow you to experience the Australian outback. Things that you can easily do that you won’t be able to anywhere ese include going to the annual:

  • Julia Creek ‘Dirt n Dust Festival’ in April. Julia Creek is about three hours’ drive from Mount Isa, but the three-day Festival is well worth the trip!
  • Boulia Camel Races in July. Boulia is about three and a half hours’ drive from Mount Isa, but once again this three-day event is well worth the trip!
  • Mount Isa Rodeo in August (it’s the largest rodeo in the southern hemisphere).
  • Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic in October.

If you have a four-wheel drive and like camping, you can also visit the majestic Lawn Hill Gorge in Boodjamulla National Park (about four hours away).

The bottom line

At the end of the day, working and living in Mt Isa is what you make of it. Plenty of people come to Mount Isa intending to spend only a few years earning the big money that’s on offer in the mines, but end up staying because they like the laid-back lifestyle so much. Whether you’re here for a short or long stay, make sure you make the most of the unique experiences Mount Isa has to offer.

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If you’re thinking about renting, buying, selling or leasing any Mt Isa property, or you need your residential or commercial property managed, then contact our team today for an obligation-free chat!

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