Welcome to The Pilbara

The Pilabara is rich in other things, too: Karratha, Port Hedland, Tom Price and Newman exist to serve the industries that extract gold and iron from immense open-pit mines, with vast machinery, salt pans and mountains of gleaming white adding to the contrast of the landscape. Ghost towns elsewhere tell the tale of miners' shattered dreams.

Settlements are few and far between – the drive between them will put you into a meditative trance – and the natural beauty of the two main national parks (Karijini and Millstream-Chichester) will leave you floored.

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The Pilbara in detail