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 Rudall River National Park.
Do not attempt to drive the Canning Stock Route or the drive to Rudall River 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.
Known as Australia’s hottest town, Marble Bar in the Pilbara region is listed in the Guinness Book of Records for reaching 37.8ºC or more for 160 consecutive days. In pleasant contrast, winter offers mild daytime temperatures and cool nights.
Marble Bar is a unique example of a pioneering outback town established in the gold rush days of the late 1800s. Set in a rugged landscape, the area boasts both natural beauty and historic charm. Visit the Comet Gold Mine and Museum, and the Corunna Downs RAAF Base, which was one of the best kept secrets of World War II. Go for a picnic and swim at Chinaman’s Pool, part of an A-class reserve. Take a four-wheel drive to explore Coppin’s Gap, Doolena Gorge or Carawine Gorge. And end the day with a cold beer at Marble Bar’s Iron Clad Hotel.
North of Newman, the tiny township of Nullagine was established following the discovery of gold in 1888. Diamonds and gemstones were also mined is this mineral rich area of the Pilbara region.
Nullagine’s red granite hills create a unique landscape with an abundance of rock holes, winter wildflowers and wildlife. Take a walk among the ancient rocks of Conglomerate Gorge or enjoy the peace and natural beauty of Elle’s Pool.
Search for accommodation, tours or events in Newman, Marble Bar and Nullagine. Or for more information, contact Newman Visitor Centre.