7.3 out of 10

Mount Isa

-20.319416507892 139.120504755653
Great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parking
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
  • Childcare
Not great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Cost of Living
  • Pest Free
  • Public Transport
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
  • Tourists

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
2yrs+
Editors Choice

"Mount Isa..."

Mount Isa is an interesting town. We are in our early 20's, married with no kids and have lived here for just over a year now and have found some good but quite a few not so good things about this place.

Our first and major gripe is that is SO expensive to live here. For a 3 bedroom house you will be paying around $500 a week - if you can find a house to rent that is! There are so many people looking for houses and so few houses around its just ridiculous! A one bedroom unit will set you back $300 a week! If you are looking at buying a house you have to pay towards $350 000 to get a decent house (not falling apart) in a decent area! There is hardly anything at a lower price that isn't a complete dump. Houses get snapped up really fast too so get in quick.

It is also really expensive to go anywhere - the cost of flying is criminal. To fly to Cairns you are looking at $600 return for one person - and that is just if you can score 'cheap' flights! To drive anywhere takes ages - Townsville is around 9 hours, Cairns 12.

I also have concerns about our health living here - it is not a place I personally would like to raise children. There is constant monitoring of the mine to make sure the lead emissions are at government standards but there is still lead and other heavy metals in the soil and so the living with lead alliance offers free blood tests to all residents to be able to check their lead levels on a yearly basis. I have lived in other towns and I do notice that I feel unwell more often since living here - but again this is just my experience and many other people love it here.

Having said all that, Mount Isa is a town of opportunities! You can come here with no skills and in a couple of years walk away with all sorts of qualifications and certificates. The mines pay really well and are a central part of Mount Isa. If the mine was to close Mount Isa would be finished. It is a great place to come and make money, however we feel that you dont really get that far ahead because of the high cost of living.

There limited things to do here - especially for teenagers. Young adults are ok - there are 3 pretty good night clubs/pups, but if you dont drink your options are a bit limited (cinema, coffee club, bowling alley, the dam, camping etc). The Irish club has been putting on some really good shows lately (DJ havanna Brown, the Pot bellez etc).

The schools here are great! There are a few primary schools to choose from both state and catholic and two high schools - Spinifex and Good Shepherd. I have worked with Spinifex and it is a fantastic school - i would be more than happy to send my children here (if i had any haha).

Avoid Sunset, Menzies, Pioneer and Mornington - these have a high amount of housing commission housing. I would also be careful about walking around these areas by yourself or at night I dont feel it would be very safe.

Despite our gripes with Mount Isa we have had a good time living here and have meet some great people! I wouldn't say not to come - but instead come with an open mind and a plan, and make sure you get yourself a high paying job!! :-)
Pros
  • Lots of opportunities
  • Lovely people
Cons
  • Dusty, worries about emissions from mine
  • high cost of living
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great country town with loads of potenial and friendly people"

Mt Isa is a very strong mining town with loads of poteniel. It has growing infrustructure to support it as well as government and mining jobs. Mt Isa is a great place for tourism also. Mt Isa is a good country town for families. It has a fantastic family fun park, great swimming pool as well as lots of activities for parents and kids. Mt Isa has quality resturants and bars. Overall I loved my time living in Mt Isa.
Pros
  • High paying jobs
  • Huge rental returns
  • Lots of opportunities
  • Lovely people
Cons
  • Hard to find rental
  • High rent
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers