Lake Moondarra (Celebrating 90 years of Mount Isa)
Lake Moondarra is one of Mount Isa’s favourite attractions and it is undoubtedly one of the most popular places to visit in the region for tourists and locals alike. The lake was constructed from 1956-1958 which was no small effort in those days. Situated about 16km north of the township, the lake serves as the city’s main water supply and a great place for soaking up some sun and fun on the water with water skiing, jetboating and fishing, or simply relaxing under one of the huge shady trees.
When the rains arrive and the spillway runs over there is an air of excitement in the town as the locals venture out to view the flooding waters. Each year in October, the lake comes alive with a rush of hopeful fishing enthusiasts, eager to enter the Xstrata Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic. The $50,000 prizemoney keeps them coming back in the hope of catching the elusive tagged barra. The event is growing in strength every year and if you haven’t had a chance to participate it’s well worth putting it on your list.
Hope you enjoy a little series of pics of Mount Isa’s Lake Moondarra from over the years.