The women’s ward of the tunnel hospital. Photo: Michael Hartley.

Mount Isa Underground Hospital and Museum

Step back in time at the Mount Isa Underground Hospital and Museum to visit two heritage-listed Queensland icons!

Useful information

1 Joan Street, Mount Isa, QLD


Café / refreshments
Guided tours

Opening hours

Monday10am – 2pm
Tuesday10am – 2pm
Wednesday10am – 2pm
Thursday10am – 2pm
Friday10am – 2pm
Saturday10am – 2pm
Sunday10am – 2pm
1 Apr – 30 Sep (other dates by appointment)

More information about Mount Isa Underground Hospital and Museum

Greeted by passionate volunteers, you can be guided and amazed by their love of local history on a tour or you can self-navigate the site during opening hours.

Start your tour at the Beth Anderson Museum. Moved from the heritage-listed, now abandoned, mining township of Kuridala, the building served as the hospital in Mount Isa for many years. It holds an abundance of medical equipment which will make you happy to be living in the 21st Century.

Walk through the only surviving tent house which was built in the 1930s in Mount Isa and see what temporary housing was like for miners and their families. These tent houses were built by Mount Isa Mines as an investment in employee welfare.

Experience the coolness of the Underground Hospital which was constructed during World War II in response to potential air raids. The Underground Hospital is unique as it’s the only one in Australia and it was built during a war as a civilian defence structure. It has been restored over a number of years and reopened in 2001 for visitors to marvel at.

Finish your visit with an enjoyable cuppa and an ANZAC biscuit on the verandah of the Beth Anderson Museum.

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