At 747 metres, Tom Price is the highest town in Western Australia. Named after Thomas Moore Price, the vice-president of the giant United States steel company Kaiser Steel, Price was one of the main supporters of the Pilbara region in the early 1960s.
The most prominent feature of Tom Price is the peak known as Mt Nameless (1,128 metres) or Jurndamurneh to the local Indigenous peoples, meaning ‘wallabies live near here’. Its summit is access along a four-wheel drive track, or you could walk to the top, the views are amazing.
Discover the natural wonders of nearby Karijini National Park. Take a tour of the Pilbara Iron Ore Mine. Or pack a picnic and head out to Kings Lake - a popular recreational area located in a natural bush setting with barbeques and gazebos.
Pannawonica is situated 47 kilometres off the North West Coastal Highway, between the Onslow turnoff and Fortescue Roadhouse. Built in 1970 to house the employees of Robe River Iron, this small mining town is the western gateway to Millstream Chichester National Park. It’s a quiet country town, but if you visit in September the place comes to life with the annual Pannawonica Rodeo.
Paraburdoo is a small mining town accessed via a sealed road linking Nanutarra Roadhouse and Tom Price. The town takes its name from the Indigenous word Pirupardu, meaning ‘Meat Feathers’, because of the large resident population of white corellas. Paraburdoo offers a motel/hotel complex, hospital, a college, a variety of sporting facilities and a well-stocked shopping centre.
Search for tours or accommodation in Tom Price, Pannawonica and Paraburdoo. Or for more information, contact Tom Price Visitor Centre.