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Epic Pilbara Itinerary

Has viewing the Epic Pilbara videos inspired you to hit the road for your own Pilbara adventure?

This itinerary takes in all the natural attractions showcased by our Epic Pilbara People.

Home to the spectacular wilderness areas of Millstream Chichester and Karijini National Parks, the coastal beauty of Mackerel Islands and the sweeping landscapes  of Cheela Plains,  the Pilbara’s small towns offer a friendly face, a unique insight into life in the outback, and a chance to explore off the beaten track.


Follow in Pete, Robin, Marnie and Clinton's footsteps.  This is the route we took to capture our Epic Pilbara People on film showcasing the highlights of the region.  We flew in to Paraburdoo Airport stayed overnight in Tom Price and hired a car to begin our roadtrip.  We did the trip in six days, but recommend you take your time to relax and explore all that the Pilbara has to offer. 

Tom Price
 At 747 metres, Tom Price is the highest town in Western Australia this township is a great place to stop and the wonders of Karijni National Park are just 60 minutes away. The town offers a caravan park and hotel/motel as accommodation options.  

Mt Nameless View from Mt Nameless

Take a drive or walk to the top of Mt Nameless, known as Jarndunmunha to local Aboriginal people, for stunning views. The peak stands 1128 metres above sea level.  Visit King’s Lake for a barbeque or picnic or check out the massive Rio Tinto Iron Ore Mine on an organised tour.

Karijini National Park  
The jewel of the Pilbara, Karijini National Park is located approximately 80 kilometres from Tom Price. Travellers can access the park from Port Hedland, Karratha, Tom Price, or Newman via sealed and unsealed roads. Please note the section of private road between Millstream Chichester Park and Tom Price requires a permit which can be obtained from the Visitor Centres located in Tom Price, Karratha and Roebourne.

Entry into Karijini Eco Retreat via Bunjima Drive (West) is sealed, barring the 3km access road to the Retreat. Entry via the Visitor Centre is an unsealed road, (gravel) and although this road is graded regularly it is recommend AWD/4WD vehicles to be used.

Karijini National Park Gorges

Joffre Gorge

Camping is available in Dales Campground, which is accessible via a sealed road. All sites in Karijini are suitable for caravan, tent, bus and camper trailers, and are unpowered however there are generator sites. It’s not possible to book ahead, so in peak season (June-August) it’s recommended you arrive early to avoid disappointment. During peak season there are camp hosts on site and  toilets and gas barbecues provided.

Karijini Eco Retreat has unpowered campsites at the Savannah campground, dorm style eco tents, dorm eco cabins and deluxe eco tents with ensuites and take bookings.

Make sure you drop into the Karijini Visitor Centre. Not only can the staff assist you in providing maps of walk trails, the fascinating interactive display in the centre tells stories of culture, geology and the animals and plant life of Karijini.

You can take one of the many walk trails to explore the gorges further. Karijini is teeming with wildlife including red kangaroos, rock wallabies, echidnas, dingoes, bats and the rare pebble mouse.

Karijini National Park
Explore the Gorges of Karijini National Park 

Karijini highlights include Fortescue Falls, Circular Pool and Fern Pool in Dales Gorge. The junction of four mighty gorges – Red, Weano, Joffre and Hancock Gorges can be viewed from Oxers Lookout.  Whether it’s a light walk or a vigorous hike you’re seeking, you won’t be disappointed by your Karijini adventure.  Find out more here. 

More information on Karijini National Park here.

 Keep an eye out for Pete from the Epic Pilbara video. Pete runs The Flying Sandgroper Adventure Tours & Travel which explores the natural beauty of Karijini National Park and the Pilbara.

Cheela Plains Station
Having left Karijini National Park, Cheela Plains is 40kms west of the Tom Price/Paraburdoo T-Junction. The Station Stay turnoff is on the south (left) side of the road before crossing the Beasley River Bridge. Follow the gravel road approximately 2km over the hill to your destination.

Cheela Plains is a family owned cattle station offers single and double rooms as well as powered and unpowered campsites.  They can accommodate any vehicle from large caravans to tents and everything in-between. Tired of camp cooking? Book a home cooked meal with the station staff and enjoy in the station’s dining room.

   Cheela Plains Station

Robin and her family run the cattle station, accommodation and tours.   

Once settled in don’t forget to take the short walk trail to the top of the hill to take in 360 degree views of the surrounding landscape.  This location is perfect for a few sunset drinks as the sun casts its rosy glow on unhindered vistas of the plains.  Up early? Take a gentle stroll up the hill and watch the sunrise and enjoy the morning light with views as far as the eye can see. 

Cheela Plains Station Stay

Enjoy a sunset at Cheela Plains Station 

Chat to the welcoming Cheela Plains staff and if you are staying more than one night they can give you access to Mussel Pool and serene landscapes, perfect for a picnic.

Join a 4x4 full day tour and see Horseshoe Creek, explore the magnificent South Vivash and Beasley Gorges and take a dip at the refreshing Mussel Pool.

Keep a look out and you might run into Robin from the Epic Pilbara video as she goes about  daily tasks at the station.

Cheela Plains Tour

Refreshing waterholes on Cheela Plains Station 

Onslow  
Farewell Cheela Plains Station and drive approximately 300km to Onslow along the Nanutarra Mujuma Road.  Keep your eyes peeled for hundreds of yellow and green budgerigars, which can be seen flying along this route at certain times of year.

If you need to fuel up, stop at the Nanutarra Roadhouse just past the turn off for the North West Coastal Highway and then double back to the Highway and further down take a left on to Onslow Road.

When you arrive enjoy a meal at the hip Onslow Beach Club overlooking the water. The beach side township of Onslow is the perfect holiday stop-over and one of the few places where the sun rises and sets over water.  You can stay overnight at the modern Onslow Beach Resort or camp or book a room at the Discovery Park Onslow.

Onslow

The view from Onslow looking towards the Mackerel Islands 

Discover the ruins of Old Onslow at the mouth of the river where historic buildings, including the gaol and courthouse, can still be seen.  Take a dip in the town’s beaches. Or enjoy fishing and mud crabbing at Five Mile or Three Mile Pool.   Gain an insight into Onslow’s history by visiting the Goods Shed Museum with its vast collection of old machinery, bottles and memorabilia. Stroll the Ian Blair Memorial Walkway starting at Bleadon Point or cast a line and try you luck at fishing at the Groyne or Four Mile Creek.

Mackerel Islands

Of the 10 islands that make up the Mackerels group, two provide accommodation - Thevenard Island and Direction Island. Join a Mackerel Islands tour and explore this watery wonderland, or even rent an island all to yourself! The Mackerel Islands are a 45 minute boat ride of the Onslow coast and their casual ambiance provides an ideal escape for all holiday seekers.  Enjoy incredible fishing, snorkelling and diving or relax on white sandy beaches, beachcomb for shells and enjoy picturesque sunsets.

Mackerel Islands

Sunrise at Thevenard Island 

Thevenard Island offers accommodation from beach front cabins to private rooms.  Or if you want to place castaway you can hire Direction Island all to yourself and seven friends.  Don’t have the time to stay?  Enjoy a day trip to Thevenard Island  and relax by the water’s edge.

Mackerel Islands boat ride

Take a day trip to Thevenard Island 

Take a return boat ride back to Onslow and drive 310km to Karratha.

More information on Mackerel Islands here.

You might see Marnie from the Epic Pilbara videos beachcombing on one of her regular trips back to the islands.

Karratha

Karratha is a modern, bustling town and surrounded by many natural attractions. Off the coast you will find the 42 islands of the Dampier Archipelago,one of Western Australia’s best diving and snorkelling spots. The islands’ white sandy beaches and blue waters also make them an ideal location for swimming or just lazing the day away. 

Hearson Cove near Karratha

Sunset at Hearson Cove 

Visit the sheltered bay of Hearson Cove for a relaxing barbecue or swim and walk at low tide on the sand flats. Karratha is also the gateway to Millstream Chichester and Murujuga National Parks.    

There is a range of accommodation from campsites to self-contained apartments and hotels in Karratha.

More information on Karratha here.

Burrup Peninsula in Murujuga National Park.
Murujuga National Park covers more than 4900 hectares of the Burrup Peninsula. Internationally renowned, the Burrup Peninsula’s rugged ‘outdoor gallery’ showcases what is thought to be the highest concentration of rock engravings of any known site in the world.

Burrup Peninsula

From human figures and birds, to marine life and extinct creatures the engravings provides
an insight into an ancient world. 

The heritage listed rock art has special meaning for Aboriginal people and its traditional custodians the Ngarluma-Yindjibarndi, the Yaburara-Mardudhunera and the Woon-goo-tt-oo. This national park lies north and east of Withnell Bay and is home to pristine beaches and unique rock formations.

Deep Gorge has many accessible examples of rock engravings and is around 27km from Karratha.

More information on Burrup Penisula here.

You can meet Clinton from the Epic Pilbara videos by booking a Ngurrangga Tour from Karratha. Experience rock art and the beauty of Millstream Chichester National Park.

Millstream Chichester National Park
Rolling hills, spectacular escarpments and winding tree-lined watercourses make up the 200,000 hectare Millstream Chichester National Park. The park boasts tranquil gorges and hidden rock pools, like Python Pool which holds fresh water year round. Further into the park, the Fortescue River creates deep pools like Deep Reach, whilst fresh water springs create tropical areas like Jirndawurrunha Pool.

Millstream Chichester National Park

The scenery is diverse as it is beautiful in Millstream Chichester National Park 

The Millstream Visitor Centre is approximately 140km southeast of Karratha. Access into the park is via the Millstream Link - a sealed then unsealed road or via unsealed road from Roebourne. The Old Millstream Homestead now serves as the park’s visitor centre. The centre provides self-guided insight into the pastoral history of the area.

Python Pool Python Pool, a popular swimming hole in Millstream Chichester National Park

There are no services in the park apart from basic camping facilities, so if you are planning to spend extended time within the park make sure you have adequate supplies.

More information on Millstream Chichester National Park here.

Do I need a park pass?
Visitor fees apply to some national parks and many are managed by Park Rangers. If you intend visiting a number of parks or travelling for an extended period you may consider purchasing a Holiday Park Pass or an Annual All Parks Pass from www.dpaw.wa.gov.au

Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW)

Karratha Office (08) 9182 2000
Karijini National Park (08) 9189 8147
Karijini Visitor Centre (08) 9189 8121
Millstream Chichester National Park (08) 9184 5144

This is where our Epic Pilbara journey ended and was just a small slice of what this region has to offer. For more drive adventures click here. See below for information on tours and accommodation throughout the Pilbara. 

Pilbara Tours & Accommodation

Thevenard Island
Mackerel Islands

Escape. Dive. Fish. Go wild in style on the Mackerel Islands with a choice of beachfront cabins or club village rooms, sleeping 1 – 10 people! Watch sea turtles, glimpse dolphins and whales, or wrestle in the catch of your life from the Pilbara’s fishiest waters. More information and bookings.

 

Onslow Beach Resort Pool
Onslow Beach Resort

A sparkling new establishment offering relaxed, sophisticated dining, complete with spacious accommodation, oceanfront restaurant, bar and function centre. More information and bookings.

Flying Sandgroper Adventure Tours
The Flying Sandgroper Adventure Tours & Travel 
They put the price way down & the adventure way up! Mix adventure, nature and culture in the most beautiful part of the WA Outback - the Pilbara and the stunning Karijini National Park. Making the North West accessible to all! More information and bookings.

Pardoo Station Stay
Pardoo Station Stay
Just one hour from Port Hedland and offering some of the most pristine coastline in Western Australia.  This is a unique getaway for travelers looking to take advantage of our fishing, bird watching or just relaxing by the pool.  You may even catch the annual Muster! More information and bookings.

Pilbara Tours
Ngurrangga Tours

Take a guided tour with Clinton through Murujuga National Park, which has the highest concentration of rock art in the world.  Explore Millstream-Chichester National Park and learn the traditional stories of how the Warlu (Serpent) created this stunning landscape.More information and bookings.

Cheela Plains Station Stay
Cheela Plains Station Stay 

Break your journey between Karijini National Park and Ningaloo Reef on a working cattle station in the heart of the Pilbara Outback. Great stopover for one or more nights offering 4X4 gorge tours, accommodation, campground, meals and awesome views day and night. More information and bookings

The Ranges Karratha
The Ranges Karratha

Offering fullly self-contained luxury one bedroom apartments with king bed with ensuite bathroom, large screen TV and separate kitchen/meals area, Free WiFi & Foxtel. More information and bookings

Ibis Style Karratha
Ibis Styles Karratha

Just a short stroll from town, this friendly hotel has comfortable rooms, a pool, BBQ area, bottle shop and a bistro providing pleasant al fresco dining. More information and bookings.

Casey Australia Tours
Casey Australia Tours

Tour in safety and comfort to the Pilbara including Karijini National Park, Marble Bar, Karratha and Millstream National Park.  More information and bookings.

Lestok Tours Karijini National Park
Lestok Tours
Join a full day Karijini Tour which departs daily from the nearby township of Tom Price. Discover spectacular 100 metre sheer-sided ochre coloured chasms, crystal clear rock pools, cascading waterfalls and tropical fern environments each offering easy walking track or viewing platform access. Also departing Tom Price, they also offer a 1.5 hour Rio Tinto Iron Ore Mine Tour. More information and bookings.

Econo Lodge Karratha
Econo Lodge Karratha

The 3 star Econo Lodge Karratha conveniently situated minutes to the Karratha town centre. The motel offers relaxing, clean and comfortable accommodation set amongst lush green gardens, just a short drive to Karratha's shops, restaurants, golf course, parks and panoramic lookouts. More information and bookings.

Karijini Eco Retreat
Karijini Eco Retreat

An environmentally friendly Retreat and Campground, nestled in the pristine bushland at Joffre Gorge - in the heart of the world class Karijini National Park. Alongside the outback bush camping experience, the multi award winning Karijini Eco Retreat is the first and only facility to offer comfortable glamping accommodation in the Park! More information and bookings.

Integrity Coach Lines
Integrity Coach Lines

Integrity Coach Lines is Western Australia's premier transport provider from Perth to Broome and everywhere in between. WA is the largest state in Australia and we can take you to the best destinations on offer on our reliable and affordable service. More information and bookings.

Discovery Park - Onslow

Discovery Park - Onslow
Need a holiday park where you can rest a while on your journey through the wonders of Australia’s North West? Stay with us at Discovery Parks – Onslow and do as much – or as little – as you please. More information and bookings.

The Esplanade Hotel Port Hedland
The Esplanade Hotel Port Hedland

The Esplanade Hotel Port Hedland is an oasis in the Pilbara providing friendly service outstanding accommodation, fabulous food & most importantly ice cold beer! We welcome locals and visitors to the region offering respite from the heat and dirt in the Pilbara’s only 4.5 star hotel. More information and bookings

Ibis Styles Port Hedland
Ibis Styles Port Hedland

Comfortable air-conditioned rooms feature free in house movies, tea & coffee facilities, guest laundry and work desk. Continental and buffet breakfast, lunch or in the evening, dine alfresco and enjoy a fabulous meal of fresh local produce overlooking the ocean, or catch up with friends for a drink at the bar. More information and bookings.

Discovery Park Port Hedland
Discovery Parks Port Hedland

Perfectly located for both remote workers and holidaymakers Discovery Parks – Port Hedland is a great base for outdoor adventures, from off-road driving to coastal walks and endless fishing hot spots. Choose from cabins or powered sites. More information and bookings.

Britz Campervans
Britz Campervans

A Britz campervan lets you go where you want to, when you want to and how you want to. With 2WD and 4WD campervan models to hire and cars to rent, the choice is yours. Britz is the largest campervan operator in Australia. More information and bookings.
Whim Creek Hotel
Whim Creek Hotel 

A Pilbara icon for 130 Years, the Whim Creek Hotel is a great place to stop for lunch or stay for weeks.  Enjoy award-winning food and traditional hospitality.  Situated between Karratha and Port Hedland - the heart of the Pilbara. More information and bookings

Discovery Park - Karratha
Discovery Park - Pilbara Karratha
Explore the endless delights of Karratha and know the comfort of our holiday park isn't too far away. Choose from cabins or powered sites while the kids are kept entertained in our pool, playground and pedal karts. More information and bookings.

Karijini Experience
Karijini Experience

Discover Karijini National Park in unexpected ways, immersing yourself in the landscape, the culture and the sensual joys of the region. Through workshops, performances, tours and social events, the Karijini Experience is sure to inspire. More information.


Newman Hotel 
Whether you are in Newman for holiday or business, the Newman Hotel is the ideal location for an enjoyable and relaxing stay. Centrally located in the township of Newman, adjacent to the major town amenities including the shopping centre. More information and bookings.

Tom Price Tourist Park
Tom Price Tourist Park
Tom Price Tourist Park is situated at the base of Mt Nameless. We have a range of accommodation as well as large sites for caravans and grass sites for campers. There is a well-equipped campers kitchen and refreshing pool. More information and bookings.

Discovery Park Balmoral Karratha

Discovery Park - Balmoral Karratha
Experience Karratha's raw and natural beauty all a short distance from your powered site at Discovery Parks - Balmoral. Guests can enjoy onsite amenities, outdoor pool and pedal karts for the kids.More information and bookings.

 

Hospitality Inn Port Hedland
Hospitality Inn Port Hedland
Overlooking the blue waters of the Indian Ocean, Hospitality Inn Port Hedland offers comfort & country hospitality. Enjoy spacious, air-conditioned with free WiFi, free in-house movies & Foxtel, guest pool & BBQ area, plus the locally renowned Pilbara Room Restaurant. More information and bookings.

Discovery Cruising
Discovery Cruising

Offering tours to Dampier's Archipelago islands and Burrup Peninsula for diving, swimming, beach combing & significant sites. Let Skipper Brad give you a memorable day aboard 'Blue Marlin' More information and bookings.


Newman Visitor Centre
Follow the road to Newman and there you will find the Newman Visitor Centre.  Book a Mt. Whaleback Mine Tour, relax at the RV friendly campsites at the Visitor Centre  or spend a relaxing evening in the superb self-contained chalets.More information and bookings.

 

North West Shelf Visitor Centre
North West Shelf Visitor Centre

Includes interactive displays that invite you to look, touch, feel and listen as you learn. Overlooking the Karratha Gas Plant, the visitors centre is situated on the Burrup Peninsula Road about 20km from Karratha.  More information.
Onslow Visitor Centre
Onslow Visitor Centre
The Onslow Visitors Centre and Goods Shed Museum is the first place to stop when coming to Onslow. There is a great range of gifts, souvenirs and historical relics, all housed in an Heritage Listed building. They also have information on the sights to see in Onslow, including the incredible War Memorial and the ruins of Old Onslow. More information and bookings.
Willis's Walkabout
Willis’s Walkabouts
The trips begin where 4WD tours leave off. Visit Aboriginal art sites, gorges and waterfalls that can only be reached on foot. Our clients carry their packs off-trail into the wilderness for days or weeks at a time. More information and bookings.

2 Mile Contracting
2 Mile Contracting
Contact Shane on  0408 672 237 or email shane@2mile.com.au for further information.

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