North West

    North West

    About the North West region

    The North West Hospital and Health Service covers an area of over 300,000 square kilometres and services the rural and remote communities within North Western Queensland and the Gulf of Carpentaria. The region includes the city of Mount Isa and the towns and areas of Burketown, Camooweal, Cloncurry, Dajarra, Doomadgee, Julia Creek, Karumba, Normanton and Mornington Island. 


    • Known as the oasis of the outback, North Western Queensland offers a vivid landscape – from rich farmland to wide savannah country, beaches and the red soil of the Australian outback.
    • The North West region is rich in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. It also has strong cattle, fishing and mining industry.
    • There are ample places to fish, camp, relax and enjoy the outback sunset. The rugged terrain makes the region perfect for the four-wheeler adventurer. Explore nature’s beauty by canoeing the gentle gorge and creek at Adels Grove. Here you can camp or stay at a bed and breakfast.
    • 60kms north of Hughenden you will find the Porcupine National Park (often called Australia’s Mini Grand Canyon). Here you will discover the towering cliffs of coloured sandstone, forests and waterholes.


    Mount Isa

    Mount Isa is the rodeo capital of Australia, hosting the largest rodeo in the Southern Hemisphere. It is the biggest event of the year in the region and has been going since 1959. The event is full of action from bull riding, saddle bronc, bareback bronc, rope and tie, poddy riding, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and breakaway roping. The event also includes live performances, the Isa Street Festival and Rodeo Queen Quest. 

    Lake Moondarra 

    Lake Moondarra is situated just 17 kilometres north of the city centre of Mount Isa. It provides water to the city and the adjacent Mount Isa Mines. Access to the lake is by a sealed road and offers a picturesque shoreline drive. The lake is a popular place for locals and tourists to visit because of its spectacular scenery. The lake is perfect for activities: swimming, boating, sailing and canoeing. It has also been stocked with barramundi to lure the anglers for an excellent spot of fishing. 


    Normanton is known as the Barramundi Capital of the North, with locals often catching barramundi in excess of 5kg.

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