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Head underground at Mount ISA`s new attraction

The Outback Queensland town of Mount Isa will revive its biggest tourism attraction, underground…

The Outback Queensland town of Mount Isa will revive its biggest tourism attraction, underground  mining tours, when its new $11 million Outback at Isa complex opens today, Friday, August 1.

Fully-guided tours of Outback at Isa`s “Hard Times Mines” will once again take visitors underground to experience a working mine with 1.2km of tunnels, huge mining machinery in action and even a miner`s “crib room.”

Mount Isa Mayor and former miner, Cr Ron McCullough is thrilled Australia`s most famous mining city is once again offering underground tours.

“We`re very excited the Hard Times mine tours will offer an authentic underground mining attraction to replace the hugely popular underground tours which are no longer offered by MIM,” said Cr McCullough. “We think it will be a real highlight for visitors to Mount Isa to experience.”

The underground experience will be just one of the attractions at Outback at Isa, which is a major tourism precinct in the centre of Mount Isa, located next door to the Riversleigh Fossils Centre.

Outback at Isa aims to become a “home base” for travellers discovering Queensland`s Outback, according to manager Wayne Ericksen.

Above ground, there`s a Visitor Information Centre; the Sir James Foots building with its fascinating displays of indigenous, settlement and mining history that are so much a part of Mount Isa. Relax in the “Outback Park”, a peaceful area featuring a lagoon, native flora and interpretive walking trails. There will be regular performances in the outdoor amphitheatre, a continuously-running audio-visual in the Mount Isa Mines Theatrette, as well as a gift shop and the Outback Café, a great spot for a snack or relaxing meal.

Former and current Mount Isa Mine miners and tour guides will lead the tours of the underground “Hard Times Mine,” and provide visitors a real insight to working underground. Wearing protective clothing, visitors will enter the shaft in a cage lowered from MIM`s first modern headframe.

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