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

 
 
 

Karijini Culinary Experience

by Jo Durbridge | Jul 15, 2015

 

After spending the morning exploring some of the gorges of Karijini National Park, my stomach was rumbling and ready for the Karijini Culinary Experience!

Located in the Karijini Eco Retreat Restaurant the multicourse lunch went down a treat!  The wines by Miles From Nowhere were delicious, hit the spot, and matched the different courses.

Celebrity Chef Mark Olive and a team of students from the Pilbara Institute cooked up a storm!  The waiters and waitress were also from the Pilbara Insititute and did a great job of replenishing our glasses and serving up course after course of yummy food!

Karijini Experience menu The multi-course menu had our mouths watering.

Mark donned a headset and in between cooking, he explained his passion for bush foods and encouraged us to use the bushfood condiments on the table to enhance the flavours of the menu. 

I couldn't pick a favourite dish. From the marinated lamb cutlet, dusted with Kutjura on a bed of river mint mash, to the seared prawn fettuccine in lemon myrtle butter - it was all delicious.

 Karijini Culinary Experience

The lamb - yum!

Even though we were all stuffed to the gills, somehow we managed to fit in a dessert -  desert lime and quandong icecream  - generous scoops in waffle cones served by Mark himself.

As I waddled off to my eco tent, I was a bit concerned that given the massive amount of food I ate, that Qantas would charge me extra baggage on my return trip to Perth!

I thoroughly enjoyed The Karijini Experience.  Not only were the events well organised and great fun, bit it was fantastic to see the inland Pilbara community come together and support each other, and show visitors to the region a great time in the beautiful Karijini National Park. I highly recommend the event and am hoping to head back next year.  If you want to know more follow The Karijini Experience on Facebook.

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