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


Staircase to the Moon

by Jo Durbridge | Oct 25, 2013

Staircase to the Moon

Last weekend I headed down to Town Beach in Broome  with a photographer and our Nokia Lumia competition winners  to see the Staircase to The Moon.  No matter how many times I see this natural phenomenon I still think it is breathtaking and I was eager to share this experience with my guests for the evening.

So what exactly is Staircase to the Moon? its an amazing trick of the light that only happens on certain dates between March and October at a few locations along the Pilbara and Kimberley coast.   It is caused by the rising of the full moon reflecting off the exposed mudflats at extremely low tide - creating a beautiful optical illusion of stairs reaching to the moon. 

The moon was due to rise at 7.06pm (the moon is very precise!) and so we grabbed a great viewing position on the old  Broome Jetty a good hour earlier.  We are glad we did given how popular this natural attraction is with visitors and locals.

At first we thought the staircase might be impeded by cloud, but after a few minutes it shone bright with its staircase clearly visible.  My guests were delighted with the spectacle as was James Morgan who sent the resulting photos (one of them pictured above) to media outlets all over the world.

Afterward we grabbed a couple of wood fired pizzas and some fruit smoothies at the Town Beach Staircase Markets and enjoyed an evening picnic while relaxing to local singers entertaining the crowd.

Staircase to the Moon is a fantastic experience and once seen it is never forgotten!  It can be viewed in Onslow, Dampier, Cossack, Point Samson Peninsula, Hearson Cove, Port Hedland and Broome and for more information and 2014 dates check our Staircase to the Moon page on our website.

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