Mount Isa is in Queensland, in an area known as the Gulf Country. It is rich in minerals, and there is a mine in Mt Isa, which is one of the most productive single mines in the world. The town is in a dry area of the outback, but it has its own artificial lake which supplies water - Lake Moondarra. Car hire in Mt Isa is a good idea for those wanting to see the lake, as it is 19km out of the city centre, on the Leichhardt River, which is a good area for water sports. Hiring a car in Mt Isa is also good for exploring the surrounding area.
One of the biggest attractions in Mount Isa is the Underground Hospital, which was among the first of its kind, and was used to treat soldiers during the Second World War. It is the only surviving underground building in Queensland from that time. It's also worth hiring a car here to go and see the Outback Park, which has a lagoon and waterfall, and is a great spot for a picnic. You can also get over to the Hard Times Mine by renting a car in Mt Isa, which is a unique experience about what it's really like to work in a mine.
Just outside the centre of Mount Isa is the Riversleigh Fossil Centre. Australia contains some of the oldest landscapes in the world, and so there are a lot of fossils to be found. The centre displays some of the finds that have been uncovered in the area, and lets you have a go dusting down on your own fossil find. The Camooweal Caves National Park is two hours' drive from Mount Isa - you can go camping and fishing there, but be aware that this is a remote place, and it's recommended to let someone know when you plan to return.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0800-1700, Sat 0900-1300, Sun Closed
Address: 38 Fourth Ave.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0800-1830, Sat 0900-1300, Sun 1300-1400 1700-1900
Address: Barkly Highway
With a wide range of travellers passing through our locations every day, we've got a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit your needs - from smart executive saloons to compact family hatchbacks. ***
***Specific cars may not be available when booking
Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.