Where is it? 904km west of Townsville, Qld
They reckon you’re not a real Aussie till you’ve been to “the Isa”. If you’re craving a holiday with rough-around-the edges landscapes and heart-of gold locals, this is the place. The world’s largest single producer of silver and lead, as well as being in the top ten for zinc and copper, Mt Isa is the only place in the world where four minerals are available in such close proximity. The most common reason people travel here is for the mining tours, so make sure you book ahead. But if you get stuck, you can always go fishing, camping, 4WDing or just photograph the contrasting colours of the desert.