The Pilbara, a region in the north west of Western Australia, covers a vast area
of mostly inhospitable land some 510,000 square km in total. A harsh region of
the country with huge mineral deposits, haphazard rainfall, prone to cyclonic
conditions during the cyclone season between October and March each year.
However the region has a rugged beauty that continuously draws people back to
it. Sparse vegetation, massive gorges, large rivers, historic townships,
national parks, unspoilt beaches and untouched coastal islands provide a haven
for those wanting to get away from it all.
Fishing is also a popular pastime
in the region with many varieties found along the coast and rivers. The name
Pilbara in fact means mullet in the local aboriginal language.
The main centre
of administration is the mining township of
Karratha. The region has been a boon
to Australia's mineral and gas exports, iron ore, nickel, petrochemicals, and
natural gas are all found in abundance in the area. The largest resource project
in Australia the North West Shelf gas facility is located here.
Today you can
expect to find modern townships and tourist facilities within the towns of
Dampier, Karratha, Roebourne, Wickham, and Cossack. National Parks worth a visit
are the Karijini and Millstream.
Check out our listing of
accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information,
contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more
attractions, tours, local maps and other information.