Here you are, in a brand-new place.
1800km from Brisbane. 2600km from Melbourne. 4700km from Perth. A part of
you might feel that Mount Isa is an exciting new chapter in your life,
but mostly you might just be feeling HOT and overwhelmed.
So many people dream of making a change, but not as many people do it. If
you are reading this, then you probably have already been brave enough to
give it a try, and I have a few tips to speed up the process of
I don't recall ever disliking any of my fellow volunteers, because anyone
that is willing to give up their time to do something for free is bound
to be pretty nice. Think about putting in some time at Paws, Hoof and
Claws (our local animal shelter), the PCYC, Jangawala (The Catholic
Church soup kitchen) or Meals on Wheels. You'll make friends and help out
your town in the process. What's better than that?
2. Join a club
Clubs connect people with similar interests, so you're pretty much
guaranteed to have something in common with whoever shows up. Enjoy live
music? The Shack is on every second Saturday. Love to stargaze? The
Astronomy club meets out at Lake Moondarra every month. Young children?
In addition to the library's children's program, there are two Mainly
Music groups as well as several playgroups.
3. Be A Tourist For The Day
Head to Outback at Isa on Marion street. There is a
tour bus, two museums, an art gallery, a coffee shop that bakes
everything fresh on site and an Outback park with a Fish Hatchery. You'll
get to know Mount Isa and find out what the locals do in their free time
(and you'll also learn the history of your new home).
4. Find Your Local Hangouts
Being recognised does make you feel like part of the community, but this
won't happen if you don't get out of your house. Get a favourite coffee
shop and get that first punch in your loyalty card. Try out the local
restaurants. (The deck at the Isa Hotel is lovely. The cocktails at the
Buffs are great. The Burke and Wills have great sticky ribs). Get to know
Jenny, Sue and Tracey at the library. Soon you will become a known face
in the community.
5. Find out "What is on" and GO!
A good starting point would be to follow 'Mount Isa What's On', Outback
at Isa, the Civic Centre and the North West Star on Facebook. If the
local school has a fete - just go! Even if you don't have children, see
it as an opportunity to support your community and at the very least,
grabbing dinner from the international food section gives you a night off
Moving to a new place can be scary and overwhelming, but if you get out
into the community, you're sure to feel like it's your new home in no