How to turn your Mount Isa One Night Stand into an epic long weekend
Pack your Akubras and get ready to party, Triple J is hosting their renowned One Night Stand in Mount Isa.
With San Cisco, Thundamentals and the talented Tash Sultana gracing the stage, it’s set to be the biggest Triple J concert to date.
If you’re planning your trip to “The Isa”, here’s how you can turn your One Night Stand into an unforgettable long weekend.
ARRIVE IN MOUNT ISA
Did someone say road trip? If you’re driving from Townsville, take the Overlanders Way (approx. 10 hours). You can even drive from Brisbane (approx. 20 hours) – it’s a longer trip, but well worth the Outback adventure.
Psst! If you’re flying in, you can also hire a car from the airport.
CHECK INTO YOUR ACCOMMODATION
IBIS STYLES MOUNT ISA VERONA
Do the Outback in style and stay at the Ibis Styles Hotel. It offers city views, plus a private BBQ area. And, when the Outback heat kicks in, dive into the hotel pool to cool off.
Stay connected with friends and family (a.k.a checking Facebook/Insta) on the guest WiFi. And on weekends, you’re treated to a free continental breakfast.
DISCOVERY PARKS – MOUNT ISA
Got the entire family with you? Then, check into Discovery Parks. It’s perfect for large groups or families looking for budget accommodation.
You can park your campervan at a powered site or hire a private cabin (sleeps up to 4 people).
The park also includes a swimming pool, camp kitchen and BBQ sites.
If you love steak, then you’ll love the Rodeo Bar & Grill. Their 500g grain fed black angus is the biggest steak on the menu – can you finish it?
Not a fan of steak? Don’t worry, there’s a range of other yummy cuisines and salads that you can enjoy.
VISIT RIVERSLEIGH FOSSIL CENTRE
Want to know what lived in the Outback thousands of years ago? Visit the Riversleigh Fossil Centre and discover prehistoric fossils from this ancient world.
While you’re there, take a guided tour and watch as extinct creatures are reconstructed from limestone.
EXPLORE THE UNDERGROUND HOSPITAL
In 1942 off-duty miners built the Underground Hospital which was used by civilians in World War II.
Consisting of three parallel tunnels, the hospital is uniquely structured and while it has been restored, the original furnishings remain the same.
While you’re there, check out the original medical equipment. They’ll make you appreciate how advanced we are in medicine today.
We’ve heard that the best place to grab a coffee is the trendy Coffee Lab Isa. They open from 6am, so if you’re an early bird, this is where you should go. They also make some amazing acai bowls. Yum!
Well, it’s actually Lake Moondarra but the area is known for its large numbers of wild peacocks. Grab your phones out because you’ll want to capture these beauties on camera.
Lake Moondarra is also a popular fishing spot. So, if you consider yourself a budding angler, cast a line or mark your calendar and come back to Mount Isa for the Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic.
THE MAIN EVENT
Kicking off from 3pm, Triple J’s One Night Stand is a family-friendly, alcohol-free event. It’s free to attend, but the concert is all about raising money for charity. So if you can, please donate a gold coin. #DoGood
The One Night Stand is hosted at the Tony White Oval near the city’s centre and will also include amusement rides for kids and food and drink stalls.
GET TO WORK
Mount Isa is the second largest city in Australia and it’s a mining town at heart. So while you’re there, experience a day in the life of an underground miner with the Hard Times Mine Tour.
You’ll descend into the mine via the Alimak Cage and then begin to explore the various tunnel systems and get up close to the heavy machinery.
You’ll quickly discover that there is so much more to this earth than what you see from above ground.
You’ve been under Mount Isa, now it’s time to get above it. Venture to the City Lookout on Hilary Street and have a final look out on this amazing city.
STAY EVEN LONGER AND…
EXPLORE THE BOODJAMULLA (LAWN HILL) NATIONAL PARK
You can kayak down the gorge, hike the walking tracks or just relax and watch the best Outback sunsets from Harry’s Hill.
It’s approximately a 9-hour drive from Mount Isa, so pack you camping gear to sleep under the stars at Adels Grove or stay at the pre-erected tents including furnishing and private fire-place.
WHEN TO COME BACK
Schedule your next trip to Mount Isa in August to experience the annual Rotary Rodeo; where man meets beast. It’s three jam-packed days of non-stop action, fun and bull-riding (of course).
From concerts to street parties, The Isa explodes with celebration and showcases the country culture and heritage of the Queensland Outback.