Marble Bar, is a town and rock formation in the Pilbara
region of north-western Western Australia
. It is well known for its extremely hot weather.The town was officially gazetted in 1893 following the discovery of gold in the area in 1890. The name Marble Bar was derived from a nearby jasper bar, known as Marble Bar, which runs across the bed of the Coongan River.
It had a railway connecting with Port Hedland
up until the early 1950's, which can be seen as a narrow gauge precursor to the network of standard gauge iron-ore railways that have since been created across the Pilbara
It is known as 'the hottest town in Australia
' a fact which is still recorded by the Guinness Book of Records. For 161 consecutive days to 20 April 1924 the temperature in the town never dropped below 100°F (37.8°C). This record still stands after nearly seventy years.
Facilities in town include a Caravan Park, a Hotel, the Travellers Stop. A little further out the back of town is Chinaman's Pool and Marble Bar Pool
- natural watering holes suitable for swimming where you can also see the Jasper outcrop from which the town took its name. 7km out of town you'll find the Comet Gold Mine, which today operates as a museum and tourist centre.