To experience the best of the Pilbara region, follow the way of the Dreamtime sea serpent on a road trip known as the Warlu Way.
The Warlu Way follows the path of the Warlu Dreamtime serpent as it traverses Western Australia’s epic Pilbara Region – ancient and sacred landscapes rich in natural beauty and enchanting stories. Your journey takes you back to the mystical Dreaming when the Warlu emerged from the sea and travelled through the pulsing red heart of the outback.
The Warlu Way leads you almost 3,000km from sapphire seas and offshore islands, to lush oases, plunging gorges, soaring ranges and the ancient Aboriginal culture of Australia’s North West. Choose to explore the Warlu Way in its entirety, or do it in sections by following the four interconnected routes – Coastal, Inland, Manuwarra Red Dog Highway and East Pilbara Geoheritage Routes.
Welcome to Country
The Warlu Way is a magical insight into Indigenous relationships, responsibilities and respect. It opens your eyes to the Indigenous people’s relationship and connection to the land. It acknowledges the ongoing responsibility Indigenous people have to their country. And it shares respect for Aboriginal beliefs and cultures. As a visitor, please travel thoughtfully and respect the wishes of your hosts.
Quaint coastal towns and offshore islands with remarkable fishing and diving, ancient petroglyphs in the world's oldest art gallery, historic ghost towns and buzzing industrial ports - this is a coast of contrasts.
Onslow and the Mackerel Islands, Karratha and the Dampier Archipelago, Cossack and Port Hedland all feature on this route.
Discover the Coastal Towns
Accommodation along the Warlu Way Coastal Route
Plunging gorges and soaring mountain peaks carved from the landscape over millennia, punctuated by idyllic swimming holes and waterfalls, and accommodation from camping to luxury eco-resorts.
This route includes the jewel in the Pilbara's crown, Karijini National Park, as well as Tom Price, Paraburdoo and more.
Named in honour of both the famed Kelpie cattle dog who frequented the region and the traditional Aboriginal name for the area, this drive route traverses the heart of the Pilbara, including the magnificent Millstream Chichester National Park.
Take a journey back in time to when the Earth began, from preserved remnants of ancient crust more than 3.5 billion years old and fossilised stromatolites, through to early gold rush days and now Australia's resources heartland.
Journey from Newman, through Nullagine and onto Marble Bar.
Plan Your Trip
Information, Tours & Accommodation
Download the Warlu Way App
Enjoy easy planning and navigating for your Warlu Way trip with the dedicated Warlu Way app. The free app includes offline maps, digital guides, and stop points with audio and text information to enhance your Warlu Way adventure!