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From coast to canyon in the Pilbara

From coast to canyon in the Pilbara

Discover Western Australia’s most ancient and untouched landscapes in the Pilbara, where snow-white beaches meet ochre desert plains, rugged rock formations, and sacred Indigenous culture.

Onslow and the Mackerel Islands

Onslow’s a town known for more than its white, sandy beaches and clear, blue waves – there’s a whole lot of community and culture that thrives in this region of the Pilbara. The Shell Museum is home to Australia’s largest seashell collection, and the Old Goods Shed Museum features memorabilia from the town’s history – from settlement to local life as it is now.

If you’re still itching for some coastal fun before we head inland to see the rest of the Pilbara, then a daytrip to the Mackerel Islands is just what you need. Take a 45-minute ferry ride to this little piece of paradise and you’ll quickly be reminded of Australia’s incredible beauty. World-class fishing, snorkelling, swimming, boating and nature is awaiting at Mackerel Islands.

Karijini National Park

When it’s time to head off, Karijini National Park’s glory awaits. This part of the Pilbara is as dangerous as it is gorgeous, with warm, winter days accompanied by frosty nights and sharp, jagged rock formations. It’s the second-largest national park in Western Australia, covering a whopping 627,000 hectares, and supporting several different and precious ecosystems. Stroll or hike along the Dales Gorge Walk Trail and see the terracotta ripples of the rock face, and cool off with a dip in Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool’s idyllic blue and bottle green water.

Mount Nameless and Murujuga National Park

An hour west of Karijini National Park, you’ll find the spectacular Mount Nameless, also known as Jarndunmunha. Located near the mining town of Tom Price, Mount Nameless is an impressive 1128 metres above sea level, providing panoramic views of the Hamersley Range in the distance. Four-wheel driving enthusiasts can make their way up to the summit, while hiking fans can lace up their boots and test their endurance on the mountain’s incline.

When you’re ready, head up north to the sensational and sacred Murujuga National Park, where you can watch migrating whales and admire the park’s high concentration of ancient Yaburrara rock art – some of it dating back 40,000 years!

To read more about the Pilbara, read the Winter 2022 edition of Caravanning Australia!

Image: Mount Nameless (C) Tourism Western Australia.

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