The Pilbara encompasses the remote & breathtaking coastal strip from Port Hedland to Onslow. Easily accessible to the inland gorges of Millstream-Chichester NP, Tom Price mining and Newman.
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The Pilbara region, in the North West of Australia encompasses both a tropical coastline that stretches from Port Hedland to Onslow and the magnificent inland ranges called the Hamersley where deep gorges and spectacular cliffs abound. The rich Pilbara colours of fiery red, gold and the most brilliant blue sky is a photographer's delight. After rain the country turns green resulting in a spectacular show of wildflowers and a rapid increase in wildlife.

The region's major township is Port Hedland, a town almost exclusively devoted to BHP's Iron Ore and mineral facilities. Visitors to Port Hedland usually spend some time touring or watching these massive operations. Port Hedland Harbour is always a hive of activity as huge vessels enter, turn, berth, load and restock millions of tons of ore daily.

202km west of Port Hedland along the major bitumen highway lies the historic township of Roebourne and the entrance to a small peninsula to the north through Wickham, Cossack and Point Samson. This tranquil seaside town is a popular beach retreat. Secluded beaches, coves and inlets are perfect for fishing and camping such as Honeymoon Cove and Cleaverville Beach.

Approximately 30km west of Roebourne is Karratha, a major shopping and service centre. 20km north of Karratha on the vast waterways of the Dampier Archipelago lies the township of Dampier. The 42 islands of the Archipelago feature historical shipwrecks, pristine white sandy beaches, aboriginal rock engravings and some of the best fishing in the world. The township takes its name from English Buccaneer William Dampier who visited the area back in 1688. Game fishing in the region is extremely popular with the annual Game Fishing Classic held in early August each year. Both Australian and World records have been set in these productive waterways.

The massive iron ore company Hamersley Iron constructed Dampier in 1966. The town was originally built to house the company's employees, working at the port facilities in Dampier. This loading facility is the termination point for the railway system that operates from mines at Tom Price, Paraburdoo, Channar, Brockman and Marandoo, (see our trek that follows the railway). Iron Ore is railed, stockpiled and loaded onto huge ships for overseas export. The port of Dampier is the biggest tonnage port in Australia with Iron Ore, LNG, salt and condensate passing through the four major docking facilities within the huge harbour.

The massive North West Shelf Gas project is situated on the nearby Burrup Peninsula and is managed by Woodside Offshore Petroleum. This Star Wars type plant produces an eternal sunset as the massive burn-off tower illuminates the night sky and can be seen for many miles. The visitors centre is located at the end of the road on the Burrup Peninsula and is open to visitors daily. Not far from the visitors centre is Hearson Cove, a popular swimming, fishing and mud crab catching location.

To the interior of the Pilbara region lies some of the country's oldest gorges and ranges. Now protected by National Parks you can drive, camp, walk and explore the Millstream-Chichester and the Karijini National Parks in the impressive Hamersley Ranges. You will need to obtain camping or day visit passes to the National Parks. A or the are worthwhile if moving around WA for a while.

To the south of Karijini National Park lies the mining and tourism town of Tom Price where you can arrange to visit the incredible Hamersley Iron Tom Price mining operation. Winter temperatures average 28 degrees, while summer averages 35 degrees.

The Pilbara region blends into the at Exmouth and the fabulous Ningaloo Reef.

Go to top Treks

East Pilbara DiversionEast Pilbara Diversion
A great alternative trip avoiding the highways that is both a shortcut and very scenic. Shay Gap to Marble Bar and then along the Ripon Hills and Skull Springs loop around Carrawine Gorge and Eel Pool.
Karijini National ParkKarijini National Park
Located in the northwest Pilbara region and covering over 6200 square kilometres, Karijini NP is the second largest national park in Western Australia. People from all over Australia and around the world come to marvel at the impressive gorges within the park.
Kidson Track - WAPET RoadKidson Track - WAPET Road
The Kidson track from 80 Mile Beach to Near Well 33 on the Canning Stock Route. This route is also know as Wapet Road.
Paraburdoo to Murchison via Mt AugustusParaburdoo to Murchison via Mt Augustus
This trek cuts straight down the middle from Paraburdoo to Murchison and it's a great scenic alternative from the North West Coastal Highway and the Great Northern Highway.
Rudall RiverRudall River
Rudall River National Park (Aboriginal name - Karlamilyi) is 1.3 million hectares in size and is the largest and the most remote National Park in Western Australia. It is 420kms east from Marble Bar and it should only be accessed by 4WD vehicles.[Feature Story]
West Hamersley Ranges and Woongarra PoolWest Hamersley Ranges and Woongarra Pool
This short trip takes advantage of recent exploration work undertaken by BHP Billiton as well as a station track to the Pool which lies on a picturesque length of the Beasley River and which provides excellent camping.

Go to top Pilbara Weather & Climate

Closest Weather Station

Port Hedland at 29/05:30am WST
Distance from Port Hedland 8.25km SE
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Port Hedland Airport
Distance from Port Hedland 8.25km SE
Mean Max. °C36.436.236.735.230.627.627.129.232.334.836.236.6
Mean Min. °C25.625.524.521.417.214.112.313.115.418.421.324.0
Mean Rain mm63.694.849.622.


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