When travelling in remote areas, phone and internet connection is very limited so it is advisable to have a copy of a printed map/guide to assist you in navigation.
Visitor Centre Guides
There are a number of guides published by local visitor centres and shires in the North West that you’ll find extremely helpful before and during your trip:
The Pilbara Pathfinder, published by Port Hedland Visitor Centre
The Pilbara Coast Holiday Planner, published by Karratha Visitor Centre
A number of Kimberley and Pilbara maps and guides are produced by reputable publishers, including HEMA Maps, online and in bookshops and service stations.
National Park Passes
Entry fees are payable to enter many of the National Parks in the North West in addition to any camping fees. Concession rates are available. Extended period passes may also be purchased online and at a range of outlets including Parks and Wildlife offices and Visitor Centres.
RAC members can obtain a discount on the Holiday Pass, the Annual All Parks Pass and the Concession Annual All Parks Pass when purchased from the RAC member benefits.
Day entry passes are available at park entry points.
- Day Pass: $12 per car, $6 for seniors and $6 for motorbikes.
- Holiday Pass: 4-week Pass: $44 (all parks in WA)
- Annual Pass: $88 per vehicle (all parks in WA).
- Annual Pass: $55 per vehicle for concession cardholders (all parks in WA)
- Annual Local Pass: $22 per vehicle
Pilbara Rail Access Roads
Leisure travellers may use the rail access roads but must obtain and carry a 30 day permit. The permit may be obtained online, but is also available from:
Aboriginal Community Access Permits
Access permits may be required to visit some of the remote Aboriginal Communities - these are often payable on arrival.
Uunguu Visitor Pass
The Uunguu Visitor Pass provides travellers with Traditional Owner permission to visit approved visitor locations on Wunambal Gaambera Country. The Uunguu Visitor Pass area covers two visitor zones, Uunguu Coast (Wunambal and Gaambera coastlines and islands) and the Ngauwudu Road Zone.
The Ngauwudu Road Zone Visitor Pass includes Punamii-Uunpuu (the Mitchell Falls) and 12 other visitor locations, which you may visit over 5 consecutive days. This pass applies to private 4WD vehicles travelling on the Port Warrender Road, and also private and charter aircraft landing on the Mitchell Plateau Airstrip. For 2018, the cost is $20 per person.
Visitors to this area will also need to hold a National Parks Pass, or pay entry fees on arrival at Mitchell River National Park, and if travelling onwards to Kalumburu Community, the community permit is available from the Community Resource and Visitor Centre or the Uraro Store.
Entry Permits (free) are required for transit through Aboriginal Reserves, including Kalumburu, and can be obtained online from the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, or call 1300 651 077.
If you are travelling with a tour group, your tour operator will arrange the visitor pass on your behalf. If you are travelling on a private vessel, charter aircraft or are a bushwalker, please be aware that you will also need to have the relevant Uunguu Visitor Pass.
For more information and to purchase your Uunguu Visitor Pass online, please click here. It is important that you download/print all relevant passes, maps, guides and information before travel. Passes may also be purchased at Visitor Centres throughout the Kimberley region