Mount Isa is the largest city of the world, located in Western Queensland and although rural it offers a sophisticated feeling with boutique accommodation, prestige dining and tourist activities. Prior to white settlement, Mount Isa was occupied by the Kalkadoon Aborigines. Mining for copper began in the 1800’s which failed in the early 1920’s. John Campbell Miles discovered deposits of silver-lead-zinc in 1923 which lead to Mount Isa Mines Ltd being formed in 1924. This forced the town to develop significantly with low-rent housing and a railway from Townsville in 1929. The Leichhardt River was dammed providing the town’s water supply and Mount Isa was declared a city in 1968. This covers Mount Isa’s history but what about the RedEarth Hotel history you might ask?
The RedEarth Hotel previously known as Hotel Boyd opened its doors in November 1951 with thirsty drinkers flocking through the doors. The new hotel which took over two years to build and $160 000 to fund served not only the town but also the mine workers who would toss silver coins onto the bar ceiling as a tip. Barmaids were known to earn over $16 a week above their wages in tips. During the 1970’s it was known as the roughest, toughest, shooting, tooting pub in town where beer came in cans and spirits in old Vegemite jars.
The Hakfoort Group purchased the Hotel Boyd in 2005 and transformed it from a local pub into a boutique hotel now known as the RedEarth Hotel. The RedEarth Hotel is undoubtedly Mount Isa’s most prestigious accommodation boasting thirty 4.5 star boutique style rooms styled with antique furniture, exquisite artwork and crisp white linen. In 2008 the RedEarth and Isa Hotel were joined by a convenient covered air bridge which was the first of its kind in Mount Isa. As a result this doubled the guest facilities with multiple first class gaming rooms, bars and two restaurants including the Rodeo Bar & Grill and RedEarth Thai Restaurant. The RedEarth Hotel was awarded the 2008 and 2009 QHA for Excellence Award for Best Superior Accommodation Hotel. Today the RedEarth Hotel continues to set a high standard in regional hospitality.