Mount Isa is Australia’s longest running mining town and you’ll see the zinc smelter stacks as you approach.
At night the cliffs around Mount Isa light up with industry. It’s a good time to visit City Lookout. The surrounding outback is red and stark with rock formations and spinifex grass. It all looks quite pretty against the mauve of a twilight sky. Chat to locals over a beer and you’ll find they love their town and get a sense of the community spirit here. Australia’s largest rodeo is held here each year in mid-August.
Occasionally we’ll make a restaurant recommendation. Zambrero Mexican is a no-frills chain that does fresh, healthy Mexican food. Their meat is slow cooked and ethically farmed (RSPCA approved). They cater to vegans, vegetarians and the gluten-sensitive. They feed the homeless, and they use renewable carbon-neutral packing. They also have exciting ingredients for the adventurous eater such as spirulina infused black rice and amaranth seeds (brain food!) If you get the chance, eat there!
The landscapes around Mount Isa at night. Photo: kozzac12 via IG
Mount Isa City Lookout. Photo: cross_ozadventures via IG
Riversleigh Fossil Centre. Photo: Tripadvisor
Hard Times Mine. Photo: tripadvisor
Lake Moondarra. Photo: alittleheatherr via IG
The Underground Hospital
Mount Isa Family Fun Park
The drive up to Telstra Hill. Photo: tysonchristopherlewis via IG
There are a number of caravan parks in Mount Isa but nothing among them stands out as being great. All the reviews given are mediocre. If you want to make the most of Mount Isa by spending the night, one caravan park is likely to be as good as (or as mediocre as) the next, so take your pick.
If you’re heading from west to east, scroll down for some excellent free camping between Mount Isa and Cloncurry.
If you're heading from east to west and still have a good 2 hours of driving in you, get a start on your long journey tomorrow and drive the 190 km to Camooweal for the night.
on what time you arrive, drop in to hear a volunteer guide teach you about the
history of droving in the region. The museum is housed in a large shed.
RATES: $10 adults.
Camooweal Post Office Hotel Motel and Caravan Park is right in town and has a bar, meals, a store, camp kitchen, picnic tables, laundry, shaded sites and a swimming pool.
RATES: Powered sites $32. Camping $12.
The pool at Camooweal Post Office Hotel Motel and Caravan Park
Between Mount Isa and Cloncurry there are two great camping spots and they're free.
This is part of the Savannah Way road trip across the top end of Australia. See the map below.
For more road trips, see our list of Campervan Road Trips in Australia.
Savannah Way Map
1678 Shute Harbour Rd, Cannon Valley, Queensland 4800 Phone: 1800 216 223
40 French Street, Eagle Farm, Queensland 4009
Phone: 1800 216 223
440 Sheridan Street, Cairns,
Queensland 4870 Phone: 1800 216 223
2/11 Northview St, Mermaid Waters QLD 4218 Phone: 1800 216 223
273 Elizabeth Street, Coburg,
Victoria 3058 Phone: 1800 216 223
23-25 Erskine Rd, Caringbah,
Sydney, NSW 2229 Phone: 1800 216 223
167 Mount Low Parkway, Townsville,
Queensland 4814 Phone: 1800 216 223