Mount Isa – Day 2

We were in no hurry to get up early today so the day got off to a leisurely start.  It was another warm and sunny day with a cloudless blue sky.

Once we got going, first port of call was the supermarket.  Local shopping laws mean that Coles and Woolies cannot open on Sundays, but the caravan park people directed us to a smaller independent supermarket where we could do the shopping.

After taking the shopping back to the fiver, we headed back into town for a nice, sit down coffee.  We started at The Coffee Club, which is generally good quality coffee, but they were packed with people having brunch, and although we found a table the waitress told us there would be a lengthy delay.  Not good enough, so we walked over the road to the Isa Hotel which was much bigger, brighter, had cheerful staff, and made a great cup of coffee.

From coffee we went for a walk around town and stopped at several other shops for various other purchases.  We walked down Rodeo Drive which is so named for the plaques set into the footpath celebrating various rodeo riders.  We also came across the City Clock which actually houses the ashes of John Campbell Miles, the founder of Mount Isa.  We also visited Outback at Isa, which includes the Visitor Information Centres and is the base for several touristy type attractions, including a tour of the Hard Luck Mine.  We picked up some brochures for the next stages of our 2013 Big Adventure.

Isa Hotel

Isa Hotel

Plaques on Rodeo Drive

Plaques on Rodeo Drive

Mount Isa City Clock

Mount Isa City Clock

Outback at Isa

Outback at Isa

Tribute to Miners at Outback at Isa

Tribute to Miners at Outback at Isa

 

By now it was lunchtime so we headed back to the Isa Hotel where we shared a delicious gourmet Moroccan pizza.

After lunch we returned to the fiver to catch up on emails, do a bit of a tidy up, and have a long chat with our next door neighbours before tea and retiring for the evening.

Interesting Facts:

  • John Campbell Miles found lead ore in what is now Mount Isa in 1923
  • Milling and smelter operations commenced in Mount Isa in 1931
  • In 1943 the mine halted lead mining and started mining copper to meet WW2 requirements.  It switched back to lead in 1946 but changed to both lead and copper in 1953
  • Mount Isa Mines Ltd built Lake Moondarra in 1958 which was the largest water scheme in Australia to be financed by private enterprise
  • The City of Mount Isa is 44,000 square kilometres in area
  • Mount Isa is the birthplace of Greg Norman, Pat Rafter and Deborah Mailman
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