Engulfed by a 2.5 billion year old landscape, the rugged Pilbara is a premier adventure holiday destination.
Covering some 500,000 square kilometres of land about 1,300 kilometres north of Perth, the Pilbara contains three world class national parks, including Rudall River and Karijini - regarded as one of Australia's most stunning natural assets.
Karijini is a tapestry of deep red gorges, secluded emerald rock pools and ice blue waterfalls. If you only have time to visit one spot, make it Fortescue Falls, where two waterfalls cascade into Fern Pool - a permanent swimming hole surrounded by lush vegetation.
Outback Exploration and Secluded Camping
The gateway to Rudall River National Park is the mining town of Newman. Here, you can tour the single largest open-cut iron ore mine in the world and discover ancient Australian Aboriginal art.
Only accessible by four-wheel drive, tag-along tours into the park provide a safe but authentic bush-camping experience. The river itself is an oasis of wildlife and presents unbeatable photo opportunities.
Four wheel drive adventurers can taste outback driving at its most rugged on the nearby Canning Stock Route. Or take the less travelled course to Port Hedland, stopping at Marble Bar, Australia's warmest town, for majestic architectural heritage and even warmer hospitality.
Centre-stage at Millstream-Chichester National Park is the picturesque Fortescue River, fringed by waterlilies, ferns and the rare Millstream Palm. During winter, the park's rust-coloured earth is sprinkled with wildflowers.
The Pilbara is the perfect place to camp out under a million silent stars - Crossing Pool and Deep Pool are just two of the stunning sites to choose from.
Marine Adventures Along an Ancient Coastline
The ancient Pilbara boasts more rock art than anywhere in the world. Take a walk along the Burrup Peninsula near Dampier and you'll find tens of thousands of ancient Aboriginal rock carvings - truly mind blowing.
Sheltered bays along the Dampier coast cradle clean, empty beaches leading into cool coral grounds for snorkelling at its best. At certain times of year, you'll spot turtles lumbering up the beach to lay their eggs, or migrating humpback whales.
For fishing and diving adventures, head for one of the many coastal towns such as Karratha and join a boat trip to the Buccaneer Archipelago or Rowley Shoals Islands.
The Pilbara also offers a range of accommodation choices, which include hotels, lodges, backpackers' and caravan facilities.
Haunting in its rugged, red beauty and unbeatable for adventure, the park is famous for its sheer gorges, waterfalls and cool swimming holes. View More