Paraburdoo is a small mining town which takes its name from the Indigenous word Pirupardu, meaning ‘Meat Feathers’, because of the large resident population of white corellas.
Paraburdoo offers a motel/hotel complex, hospital, a college, a variety of sporting facilities and a well-stocked shopping centre.
Paraburdoo is accessed via a sealed road linking Nanutarra Roadhouse and Tom Price, 24km south of the Tropic of Capricorn. Just over 80km from Tom Price. Paraburdoo Airport is the closest airport to Karijini National Park. The airport is located 9km northeast of the town, and is serviced by daily flights from Perth operated by Qantas and Virgin Australia. Car hire is available at the airport.
Built in the 1960’s as a mining town, Paraburdoo is renowned for its beautiful scenery, wildlife diversity and interesting short history - including UFO sightings, the discovery of 200-year-old bones and royal visits. Palm Springs is a permanent water source with exceptional bird watching. It is a Heritage Site for the Innawonga People, located 50km north along Paraburdoo Tom Price Road
As you drive through Paraburdoo, keep an eye out for the Terex Haul Truck, or the “Jolly Green Giant” on Camp Road. This was one of the trucks used to haul iron ore at the Paraburdoo mine in the 1970s and 80s. From Camp Road, turn onto Kazput Road to access Radio Hill Lookout, which offers panoramic views over the town. Continue on Camp Road past the golf course to Kelly’s Pool, approximately 8km outside town. Kelly’s Pool is a popular spot for picnics alongside the water, however swimming is not permitted.