Mt. Isa

Mt. Isa

Monday, February 14, 2011

From the Mom - Mt. Isa

Mt. Isa, Queensland, Australia

The City of Mount Isa is located 1829 kilometres from Brisbane, the Queensland State Capital 883 kilometres from Townsville (the nearest major City).

Mount Isa City covers an area of over 43,310 square kilometres, making it geographically the second largest city in Australia to Kalgoorlie-Boulder WA. With a population of approximately 23,500, Mount Isa is a major service centre for North West Queensland, and a thriving city well equipped to satisfy residential, business and industrial needs.

Located within the Mount Isa City boundary is the town of Camooweal - "The Western Gateway to Queensland". Camooweal is approximately 200 kilometres to the west of Mount Isa and its main street is actually the highway, making it the longest street in the world!

In 1923, lone prospector John Campbell Miles, while travelling on a gold prospecting trip to the Northern Territory, camped by the banks of the Leichhardt River. Sampling a nearby rock outcrop, he realised that it was heavily mineralised.

Campbell Miles had stumbled on to one of the world's richest copper, silver, lead and zinc ore bodies. He decided to call his discovery "Mount Isa" after the stories he had heard of the Mount Ida goldfield in Western Australia. Almost 100 years later, the Mount Isa Mine (now owned by Swiss mining giant, Xstrata) is still one of Australia's largest producers of copper ore.

The early pioneers of Mount Isa faced many hardships. The lack of water, remoteness, the summer heat, high costs and scarcity of essential items made life extremely difficult. Despite these hardships, the pioneers endured to create a city that has attracted people from all around the world.

Mount Isa has a great climate with an average of 9.5 hours of sunshine a day and only 50 wet days per year. There are two distinct seasons – the wet season from November to March and the dry season centred on June, July and August.

Summer months are hot, with average minimums in the low 20s (degrees Celsius) and maximums in the high 30s (70 to 85 Fahrenheit. Most houses and businesses are air-conditioned. Winter is much more pleasant, with average daytime temperatures in the mid-20s and nights averaging a very comfortable 12 degrees (55-77 degrees Fahrenheit).

Upcoming Events:
All events from Tuesday 15 February 2011 to Monday 21 February 2011

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but I've read that Rodeos are very popular in Mt. Isa...

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