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:
Mitchell Falls & Kalumburu Permits
Uunguu Visitor Pass - Mitchell Falls Region
Visitors to Mitchell Falls are required to have an Uunguu Visitor Pass (UVP), which can be purchased online at wunambalgaambera.org.au before arriving as there is no public internet/phone access on Wunambal Gaambera Country.
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions no longer charges national park entry fees at Mitchell River National Park although camping fees still apply.
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.
Travellers can purchase a UVP online here, at a Kimberley Visitor Centre, at Drysdale River Station or at Munurru (King Edward River Camp). We suggest travellers purchase their UVP at Drysdale River Station in case travel dates change.
Two permits are required to travel to Kalumburu.
All visitors who enter Kalumburu must obtain a valid community Permit. Permits can be obtained at a cost of $50 (inc gst) per vehicle. You can purchase your permit on arrival into the community via the Community Resource Centre or the Uraro Store.
An Entry Permit (free) is also required for transit through Aboriginal Reserves, including Kalumburu, and can be obtained online from the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, or call 1300 651 077. You should apply for this before you leave.
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