The Pilbara

The Pilbara region in Western Australia has some of the world’s most ancient natural landscapes, dating back two billion years and stretching over 500,000 square kilometres. 

Deep rocky canyons lead to peaceful plunge pools in the beautiful Karijini National Park. Hundreds of islands with dazzling white beaches and untouched coral gardens are yours to explore on the Dampier Archipelago and Mackerel Islands. And yet the Pilbara is also known as the engine room of Australia - home to a massive mining industry in crude oil, salt, natural gas and iron ore. 

Karijini National Park and Beyond

Walk the mighty gorges of Karijini National Park and Millstream Chichester National Park to discover hidden waterfalls and swim in clear cool rock pools. Or venture deep into the Eastern Pilbara to one of the most remote places on the planet, Rudall River National Park.

The Pilbara’s Coastal Paradise

The Dampier Archipelago and Mackerel Islands sit just off the coast of the Pilbara region, offering world-class boating, fishing, diving and snorkelling. And should you visit in turtle nesting season, between September and April, watch out for female turtles laying their eggs and newly hatched babies scrambling to the ocean. Pristine beaches, beautiful coral gardens and abundant fish beckon you to Point Samson. There is another event on Mother Nature’s calendar that you can experience year-round - the incredible Staircase to the Moon occurs on full moon dates between March and October along the Pilbara coast.

Amazing Indigenous Art and Culture

With over 700 historic Indigenous archaeological sites and 10,000 rock engravings (Petroglyphs), many dating back some 30,000 years, the Burrup Peninsula is now heritage listed. It’s the perfect place to discover the unique art, history and culture of the Indigenous peoples of the Pilbara.

Pilbara Towns and Colonial Past

Karratha is the gateway to the Pilbara region in Western Australia. The pretty port town of Dampier sits just 20 kilometres to the west and the mining town of Port Hedland to the east.. Proclaimed in 1866, Roebourne is the oldest settlement in the North West.Visit the heritage listed Old Roebourne Gaol, now home to a historical museum. Cossack is a ghost town and has many beautifully restored historical buildings which offer an insight to the hardships and successes of the first settlers. Travel inland and you’ll experience the unique communities of the rugged outback, from Tom Price, the highest town in Western Australia, to Marble Bar, the hottest town in the country.

Pilbara Map

View a detailed Pilbara map and start planning your trip.

Couple in mulla mulla wildflowers near Mount Bruce
Couple standing in a field of mulla mulla wildflowers near Mount Bruce


Is the Kimberley and Pilbara on your bucket list?

by Jo Durbridge | Mar 10, 2013

Australia's North West Tourism Display at the Victorian Caravan and Camping Show

If you are in Melbourne come and see us at the Caravan and Camping Show at Caulfield Racecourse.  Its open again tomorrow and Tuesday.

Its been great to meet so many people interested in visiting the Pilbara and Kimberley.  The Gibb River Road - 660 kilometres of adventure which takes you through the heart of the Kimberley and some of the most spectacular scenery in Australia - is a high priority for many people I spoke with. Cape Leveque, Horizontal Waterfalls and Karijini National Park are also on many travellers bucket lists.

Australian swimming legend Lisa Curry (she has dropped the Kenny) came by the display and picked up a copy of the 2013 Australia's North West Holiday Planner.  We have given out hundreds of this free publication which is also available through our website.

I'm normally based in Broome and was suprised to find they are having a bit of a heatwave in Melbourne so I am feeling quite at home with the blue skies and sunshine!  I'm looking forward to meeting more travellers over the next two days.



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