With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air. And there’s nothing you’d want more than to make your loved one feel exceptionally loved up.
Year in, year out, it may become harder and harder to impress your loved one with an ingenious romantic idea. Lucky for you, we’ve got you covered with the top 5 romantic places to visit in Mount Isa bound to make your loved one feel special this year.
A Picnic at Lake Moondarra
Start things off with a romatic picnic at Lake Moondarra. If both of you are early risers, try and make an effort to come here for the sunrise to get some picturesque snaps that will make your Instagram followers truly jealous.
With several scenic spots to pull out a picnic rug, you will be glad to have the large shady trees as cover from the sun. If you’d like to go full barbecue picnic for the special one, there are plenty of free barbeque spots with regularly stocked woodpiles.
Go for a swim in the lake together, or adventure with some boating, sailing, or canoeing. If they like fishing, bring a line to throw in as there's plenty of barramundi to be caught.
Watch the variety of birds go about their daily lives, as you bask in a moment that will create memories to be remembered for years to come.
It also pays off to know that Lake Moondarra is only 17 kilometres North of Mount Isa, making it a quick and easy trip.
A Visit to the Mary Kathleen Mine
Now, this may seem a bit odd as a romantic idea, but the scenery in store for you is nothing short of spectacular.
With the hint of danger and excitement, this old Uranium mine has the scenic views of a deserted John Wayne film. With its sapphire blue coloured waters, a picture of it will have the Amalfi Coast in envy.
As a fun trivia to impress that special someone, you can give them some history of the Mary Kathleen mine.
What was once Australia’s first major uranium mine rehabilitation project in 1985, the Mary Kathleen mine was deserted shortly after. None of the buildings remained as they were sold and taken to Mount Isa and Cloncurry. However, the building foundations still stand strong as a symbol of what the old town square looked like once upon a time.
As to why the waters are so blue, the surrounding rocks are subjected to weathering and chemical reactions which cause it to release various metals and salts that result in a range of colours in the waters. The rusty red colour associated with iron, while the blues and greens are linked to copper, solids or magnesium. These colours are common with gold and copper mines worldwide.
The Mary Kathleen mine is only 10 kilometres from Mount Isa City.
The Best View of the City in the Outback
End the day with a venture to the City Lookout. Offering magnificent 360 panoramic views of Mount Isa city, the best time to grab these awe inspiring views is at night.
The darkness that takes over the realms beneath reflect silhouettes of mine lights competing with city glows in the distance. Stargaze together with that special someone and bask in some memories and deep conversations.
A Stay at the Redearth Boutique Hotel
Nothing seals a special day more than a stay at one of the finest establishments in Mount Isa – the Redearth Boutique Hotel. Known for its impeccable customer service that will make you feel welcomed, a stay here isn’t just accommodation, but rather an experience.
Featuring a spa bath, complimentary bottle of wine, heart shaped chocolates, a welcome platter, and a late checkout, this truly is the perfect gift for a loved one. A comfort fit for royalty, the stylish King Spa Suites guarantee a night of luxury that will be remembered.
The Redearth Boutique Hotel is ideally positioned in the heart of Mount Isa, allowing you to romantically stroll across town to view some of the town’s famous attractions together with your loved one.
A Romantic Dinner at the Redearth Restaurant
What better way to impress someone that means the world to you than to expose them to a world full of flavour and magnificence?
The Redearth Restaurant is probably Mount Isa’s finest eating establishments with food, ambience, and service that will make your night amazing. The decor is amazing, with a soothing and classy feel that enhances the romance in the air.
With a full à la carte menu that combines traditional and modern approaches to food, you will be impressed with your options.
Awaken your palate with an appetiser ranging from classic bruschetta sliced to crab cake and sizzling prawns.
For mains, indulge in a filet mignon steak that promises a juicy, delectable experience, cooked to perfection. It comes served with asparagus, roasted baby beetroot, goat cheese, and cauliflower purée, making your steak only taste that much better!
Be spoilt and pair your perfectly cooked steak with a full bodied glass of red wine from the vast wine list that includes a selection of local and foreign exquisites.
Other mains include the simply divine herb crusted lamb rack with ricotta and sundried tomato courgette, the grilled pork chop and the peppered tuna steak. The chilli bug linguine served in a Thermidor sauce is a winner as well as the salmon fillet for a fresh caught experience.
Complete your romantic dining experience with a classic crème brûlée served with an almond biscotti and caramelised lime, or a bold liqueur affogato ice cream served with a shot of espresso and liqueur of your choice (a pick from Galiano, Baileys, Frangelico, Kahlua, or Amaretto).
If you are craving chocolate, go for the decadent chocolate indulgence dessert – Belgian chocolate mousse served with chocolate brownie and chocolate ice cream.
A special Valentine’s Day Dinner event at the Redearth Restaurant is happening where you and your plus one will be spoilt with two glasses of sparkling on arrival to set the mood. Seatings are limited, so be sure to make a reservation as early as possible.