Newman is the largest modern mining town in the East Pilbara region. Sitting on the edge of the Western Desert, the town is dominated by Mount Newman (1053 metres) and named after the explorer Aubrey Woodward Newman. In 1957 a huge iron ore deposit was discovered at Mt Whaleback, which is now the site of the largest single open-cut iron ore mine in the world.
There’s also plenty for nature lovers around Newman. Weeli Wolli is a permanent freshwater spring providing a haven for fish and birdlife. Kalgans Pool is the perfect place for a refreshing dip and the road to Eagle Rock Falls offers a great four-wheel drive adventure. Tackle the hugely challenging Canning Stock Route or explore the remote wilderness of Karlamilyi National Park (formerly known as Rudall River).
Do not attempt to drive the Canning Stock Route or the drive to Karlamilyi National Park unless you have extensive outback four-wheel drive experience. Permits to travel the Canning Stock Route are available from the Australian National Four Wheel Drive Council.