Want to experience the top of Western Australia?
Here are five top picks to enjoy the best of the Pilbara region.
Situated in Murujuga National Park, the Burrup Peninsula (an island in the Dampier Archipelago) is defined by the iconic red rocks and vibrant bush flowers of the Pilbara.
At Burrup Peninsula you can observe Indigenous rock art, showcasing a 30,000-year history of the Indigenous people in the Pilbara. Home to more than 700 archaeological sites with 10,000 rock engravings. Considered to be among the earliest examples of art in the world, this unique destination is scattered with a plethora of works, depicting fauna, animal tracks and abstract symbols.
Additionally, keep an eye out for native animals including echidnas, rock-wallabies and the northern quoll.
Karijini National Park
If you’re after a day tour (or a camping trip) offering adventure amongst the great outdoors, take to Karijini National Park, which can be accessed via Karratha Tom Price or Newman via sealed and unsealed roads.
The diverse landscape of Karijini National Park has been carved out over two billion years and is Western Australia’s second largest national park. Enjoy crystal clear waterways, cavernous gorges, waterfalls and rocky ranges.
Take your pick from a number of hiking trails, ranging from gentle strolls to Fern Pool or Fortescue Falls, or accept the challenge of one of the more difficult tracks like ‘spiderwalking’ across Hancock Gorge. A number of gorge tours are also available, enabling you to enjoy the scenery at a leisurely pace, while learning more about the park’s rich history and wealth of natural beauty.
If you’re looking to explore the Pilbara by sea, take a trip to the Montebello Islands Marine Park, covering more than 58,000 hectares of ocean and over 250 low-lying limestone islands and islets. Snorkellers and divers can enjoy the natural marine diversity of bright coral reefs and colourful tropical fish, with fishing charters operating from Karratha.
If you’re looking to spend an evening by the water, camping is allowed on Primrose, Bluebell, Crocus, Hermite & Renewal Islands for up to five nights. With atomic testing being undertaking at the Montebello’s during the 1950’s, visits are restricted to one hour on Trimouille and Alpha Islands (due to slightly elevated levels of radiation).
A popular destination for locals and visitors alike, Hearson’s Cove is located on the Burrup Peninsula, a short distance from Karratha. With steep hills to both the south and west and a stunning outlook to Nichol Bay, this destination is ideal to observe the annual Staircase to the Moon. During high tide, you can enjoy this picturesque swimming spot, and at low tide, take a walk for a few hundred metres along the exposed tidal flats.
Although camping is permitted, Hearson’s Cove makes for an ideal day out and is only a 25-minute drive from Karratha.
Millstream Chichester National Park
Take a few days to explore the great outdoors camping at Millstream Chichester National Park, covering 200,000 hectares of land near Roebourne. A tropical escape, this national park is full of deep gorges and palm fringed rock pools, sharply contrasted against a background of rocky escarpments and rolling hills.
A range of walking tracks will enable you to enjoy scenic sights such as Mount Herbert, Python Pool and Deep Reach Pool.