Tom Price is located within the Hamersley Ranges, at the base of Mount Nameless. The administrative centre of the Ashburton shire features modern facilities and is designed to blend in with the natural environment. Many tourists use Tom Price as a base while exploring Karijini National Park.
With the Indian Ocean close by and the Ashburton River just a half-hour drive away, enjoy swimming, fishing or try catching a mud crab. The town is a popular tourist destination with its access to the coral coast.
Karratha is a rapidly expanding town with the largest shopping centre in the North West and an array of education, social and recreational services. The region’s major industries include iron ore export, oil, natural gas, salt, nickel, fishing and tourism. The Burrup Peninsula has the world’s most prolific Aboriginal rock engraving site with over 10 000 identified Aboriginal art sites.
Port Hedland has a great history of Indigenous culture and is renowned for its long trains, big ships, salt piles and red dust. The town’s main industries are iron ore processing and export, salt production and livestock production. Its port is one of the largest in the world in terms of tonnage, shipping over $3 billion worth of product every year.
Newman is a modern mining town with an array of shopping, recreation and medical facilities. It is also home to the largest open-cut iron ore mine in the world. While mining is the driving force of this town, the area is also known for its magnificent landscapes and long stretches of desert and wildflowers.
Distances to Perth*
|Port Hedland||1765 km|
|Tom Price||1458 km|
*Figures sourced from Main Roads Western Australia
For more information on the towns in the Pilbara region, visit the
Tourism Western Australia website.