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Attractions in The Pilbara


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BHP Billiton Mt. Whaleback Mine Tours

This tour departs from the Newman Visitor Centre once a day at 9:15am on Mondays through Sundays. There is a minimum of 4 persons per tour.

  • Tour Duration:1.5 hours
  • Tour Price:$15 - $30
  • Activity:Driving
  • Type:Tours

Details

  • Tour Locations:Newman
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

The tour last approximately 1.5 hours and passengers are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to the commencement of the tour. Please note that fully enclosed shoes, long sleeved tops to the wrists and long pants to the ankles are essential for the tour. We suggest bringing drinking water with you on hot days. Special tours for large groups can be negotiated by prior arrangement. Children 0-3 free - must be accompanied by an adult at all time

Compasswest Helicopters

You have seen the central Pilbara by road, now see it by helicopter - its majestic ancient mountains, the contrasts of colours in the morning and the afternoons.

  • Tour Price:Varied
  • Activity:Flying / Scenic Flights,Helicopter Flights
  • Type:Tours

Details

  • Tour Locations:Tom Price and The Pilbara
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

?Compasswest helicopters owner and Chief pilot Neal Kent saw the opportunity when working away with his construction business in Tom Price in 2003 for a helicopter service in Tom Price that would regionalize a helicopter service providing the tourism, construction and mining an additional avenue for air transport across its natural but rugged and remote location.

Compasswest helicopters first application to the local shire was in 2003 and after many persistent applications, were finally granted a slither of road reserve on Nameless valley road in October of 2016.
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We commenced operation in April 2017 ready for the tourism season and any other affiliated requirements that customers require a helicopter for.

We provide all types of air tours and helicopter services in the Pilbara region to meet you charter needs.

Dampier Salt Dampier

  • (08) 9144 4600

Situated in Dampier, 30 minutes from Karratha is the world's largest salt producers. Watch sea water being processed into crystal salt and loaded onto the largest road trains in Australia.

  • Activity:Mining Site
  • Type:Attractions

Details

Description

Must wear covered shoes to visit the site.

Dampier Salt Karratha

  • (08) 9144 4600

Half day tour at the site of the largest salt producers in the world. See the process of sea water being changed into crystal salt and waiting for the largest road trains in Australia.

  • Activity:Mining Site
  • Type:Tours

Details

Description

Discovery Cruising

Discover the secrets of the magnificent Dampier Archipelago aboard 'Blue Marlin' 12 metre cruising vessel.

  • Tour Price:$90 - $240
  • Activity:Fishing,Island,Kayak/Canoe/Raft,Whale Watching
  • Type:Tours

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Discovery Cruising is a locally owned, family run business providing quality maritime charters and cruises in the Dampier Archipelago.

Owned by long-time resident of the Pilbara, Brad Beaumont is committed to sharing his passion for the Archipelago through sharing his extensive knowledge about the historical and contemporary wonders of this part of the northwest coast of WA.

Dampier Maritime School has its own dedicated training facility, surveyed training boats and qualified master marine instructor.  Training courses can be customised to suit individual/corporate requirements.

Dampier Trailer Boat Hire operates 7 days per week with two 4.6 metre Plaka boats (with shade) available for hire.

Hamersley Iron Dampier

  • (08) 9144 4600

Two and a half hour tour of the immense Hamersley Iron Port facility in Dampier Harbour. Travel from Karratha to the port and to see views of the Dampier Archipelago from Queens Lookout.

  • Type:Tours
  • Activity:Mining Site

Details

Description

Bookings are essential and can be made through the Karratha Tourist Bureau.

Hamersley Iron Karratha

In the Dampier Harbour, is the immense Hamersley Iron Port Facility. Also see the views of the Dampier Archipelago from Queens Lookout.

  • Type:Tours
  • Activity:Mining Site

Details

Description

History & Resources Tour

Jump on board the Visitor Centre History and Resource Tour to get a behind the scenes look at the iron ore ship loading operations in Cape Lambert and the history of Roebourne, Wickham and Cossack.

  • Activity:Mining Site
  • Type:Tours

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Wednesday,Friday

Description

Karratha Moonrise Outdoor Cinema

Located within the venue is Karratha Library, a 476 seat theatre that can also operate as a cinema or a flat floor hall, an outdoor rooftop terrace that can be an event space or a cinema.

  • Activity:Cinemas (Outdoors)
  • Type:Entertainment Venues
  • Suited For:Families,Kids (4 - 12),Teens (13 - 17),Adults (18+),Seniors

Details

Description

Located within the venue is Karratha Library, a 476 seat theatre that can also operate as a cinema or a flat floor hall, an outdoor rooftop terrace that can be an event space or a cinema

Lestok Tours

Lestok Tours - Local People showing you the Pilbara.

  • Activity:Mining Site,Driving
  • Suited For:Adults (18+),Seniors
  • Type:Tours,Charters & Rentals

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

Description

Lestok Tours commenced operations in the Pilbara in 1986. In 1989 we took up the challenge of Tourism. Since that time we have conducted guided tours of Rio Tinto's Tom Price mining operation which is one of the most popular tours in the Pilbara. When access to Karijini National Park from Tom Price opened up with the Marandoo Road in 1993, we commenced day tours of the Park and Gorges.

Our vehicles are maintained to the highest standard and upgraded regularly. We have four coaches and three Toyota Coasters.

Mackerel Islands Dive

Just North of Ningaloo reef and Exmouth Gulf on the West Australian coast is a small group of ten islands called the Mackerel Islands.

  • Type:Tours
  • Tour Duration:1 to 3 days
  • Activity:Diving,Snorkelling

Details

  • Tour Locations:Mackerel Islands

Description

Just North of Ningaloo reef and Exmouth Gulf on the West Australian coast is a small group of ten islands called the Mackerel Islands. Accessible from Onslow or Learmonth, it is an undiscovered marine playground with new and unexplored dive sites simply waiting for those who venture in. With a new dive center on the main island of Thevenard it looks set to become the new frontier in Western Australian diving.

Thevenard Island is the main base offering excellent facilities for divers and snorkellers. Lying just 20 kms offshore from Onslow you can arrive by charter boat, charter aircraft or your own boat. New dive sites are being discovered all the time but the real fact is that most of the marine life has never come in touch with a human being. Be one of the first to discover and experience this amazing opportunity.

GETTING HERE

The Mackerel Islands: Road Travel
Road travel from Perth to Onslow is a comfortable drive of about a day and a half on fully sealed roads.

Flying to North West
Qantas flies between Perth & Karratha. Skywest between Perth & Learmonth (just south of Exmouth).

Mackerel Islands Tours

Experience the magic of the Mackerel Islands through a range of tours and activities designed for a holiday full of sunshine, adventure and relaxation.

  • Tour Duration:Durations vary
  • Tour Price:Prices vary
  • Type:Tours
  • Activity:Fishing,Flying / Scenic Flights,Four Wheel Driving,Kayak/Canoe/Raft,Whale Watching
  • Suited For:Families,Adults (18+)

Details

  • Tour Locations:Mackerel Islands
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Explore the island, ocean and reefs, discover the incredible sea life teeming underwater, learn about its resident turtles, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Matt Dann Theatre & Cinema

Matt Dann Theatre & Cinema is one of the best experiences the Pilbara has to offer. Featuring over 20 hand-picked touring performances and over 100 new release movies each year.

  • Wheelchair Access:Yes
  • Suited For:Families,Kids (4 - 12),Teens (13 - 17),Adults (18+),Wheelchairs
  • Activity:Cinemas
  • Type:Entertainment Venues

Details

Description

Featuring over 20 hand-picked touring performances and over 100 new release movies each year, Matt Dann has your entertainment needs covered, Located in the heart of South Hedland.
 
Matt Dann Theatre & Cinema is one of the best experiences the Pilbara has to offer. Featuring the most luxurious seats in Hedland and having recently completed over a million dollars worth of technical refurbishment, you can be sure that every performance or new release movie you see at #yourmattdann is of the highest possible quality.
 
#yourmattdann was officially opened on Feb 26 1988 and is operated as a shared facility. Owned by the Department of Education and operated by Town of Port Hedland, the arts center has been providing new release movies and international quality live shows to the Pilbara for 30 years.
 
Matt’s Mates loyalty program. 
Matt’s Mates is your very own loyalty program dedicated to giving you more value from your entertainment experience. You'll score awesome discounts on tickets, free entry to special members-only events and even great perks when you sign up
 
Membership Fees
Student - $21
Single - $31
Couple - $51
Family - $62 (2 x Adult, 2 x Kids

 

Monte Bello Island Safaris

The Montebello’s are surrounded by magnificent virgin coral reefs with water temperatures perfect for snorkelling, fishing, swimming and scuba diving. The many reefs in the area also create fantastic wave conditions for surfing. We are very keen to accommodate everyone’s needs so please let us know if there is anything in particular that you would like to do whilst at the Montebello’s.

  • Activity:Diving,Snorkelling
  • Type:Tours
  • Open days/Times:November to March
  • Tour Duration:6 nights

Details

  • Tour Capacity:62
  • Tour Locations:Montebello Islands

Description

Situated approximately 75 nautical miles north of Onslow, off the West Australian coast, the little known Montebello Islands present a rare opportunity for adventure, fun and relaxation.

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With over 100 small islands in the group, all within easy reach by our charter vessel, 'Kylin', the Montebello’s are surrounded by magnificent virgin coral reefs with water temperatures perfect for snorkelling, fishing, swimming and scuba diving. The many reefs in the area also create fantastic wave conditions for surfing. We are very keen to accommodate everyone’s needs so please let us know if there is anything in particular that you would like to do whilst at the Montebello’s.

Murujuga Rock Art Cultural Experience

Join traditional custodians on a 1.5-hour rock art and cultural experience at Deep Gorge in the Murujuga National Park on the Burrup Peninsula, 30 minutes from Karratha.

  • Activity:Bush Walking,Aboriginal Owned & Operated
  • Type:Sites & Trails,Tours
  • Tour Price:$17 - $89

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Tour Locations:Burrup

Description

Join Traditional Custodians on a 1 &1/2 hour rock art and cultural experience at Deep Gorge.

To the local Indigenous people, Murujuga is a sacred place where you will find the famed petroglyphs, ancient rock art of cultural significance.

There is estimated to be up to one million images, some more than 35,000 years old, found in the National Park. The rock art tells the stories of our country and our intrinsic link to it.

As  the indigenous custodians of this land we want to share our culture and stories with you.

Ngurrangga Tours

Clinton started Ngurrangga Tours to educate and immerse people in the ways of his culture and history so that they could understand more about Pilbara Aboriginal culture and country.

  • Tour Price:From $160
  • Activity:Bush Walking,Aboriginal Owned & Operated
  • Type:Tours

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Clinton started Ngurrangga Tours to educate and immerse people in the ways of his culture and history so that they could understand more about Pilbara Aboriginal culture and country. ?Ngurrangga Tours mostly operates from Karratha and offers visitors a unique experience of the Pilbara through the eyes of a traditional owner.

?Guests are given the opportunity to learn about bush foods and medicines, explore stunning locations, view and understand ancient rock art in the world's largest outdoor rock art gallery, hear traditional stories and listen to traditional songs sung using the wirra (boomerang).

Ngurrangga Tours

?Ngurrangga Tours mostly operates from Karratha and offers visitors a unique experience of the Pilbara through the eyes of a traditional owner.

  • Type:Tours
  • Activity:Aboriginal Bushfoods,Aboriginal Owned & Operated,Aboriginal Rock Art
  • Suited For:Families,Kids (4 - 12),Teens (13 - 17),Adults (18+),Seniors
  • Open days/Times:Daily
  • Tour Duration:5 hours - 3 days
  • Tour Price:$80 - $1450

Details

  • Tour Locations:Various locations

Description

Ngurrangga Tours offers 6 different tours. Choose from: The Millstream Overnight Tour, Bush Tucker Tour, 4WD Tag-Along Tour, 3 Day Tour, Barrimirndi Day Tour and the Rock Art Tour.

Key Experiences

-Learn about Aboriginal history and culture
-Learn about traditional Aboriginal hunting/gathering
-Learn how to collect prepare and eat ‘bush tucker’; native food found in the outback
-Learning about and playing Aboriginal instruments (Didgeridoo clap sticks etc.)
-View ancient Aboriginal cave paintings carvings or rock art

Check the website for details on all of the tours on offer: http://www.ngurrangga.com.au/tour-info.html 

 

 

Ngurrangga Tours

An immersive Aboriginal country and culture tour which showcases the beauty of the Pilbara region and its spectacular and unique rock art.

  • Course Duration:2 Hours
  • Open days/Times:8.00am to 12.00pm
  • Tour Price:Children 5+ ($80) ; Senior ($130) ; Adults ($160)
  • Type:Attractions,Sites & Trails,Tours
  • Activity:Bush Walking,Driving,Four Wheel Driving,Aboriginal Bushfoods,Aboriginal Rock Art
  • Suited For:Families

Details

  • Tour Locations:Murujuga National Park, Pick up can be arranged from Karratha Visitor Centre

Description

Mainly operating from Karratha, The ‘Ngurrangga Tours’ are a series of guided tours of the Pilbara, which were created to give visitors the opportunity to immerse and educate themselves in Aboriginal culture.

These tours offer visitors a unique experience, where they can learn about bush foods and medicines, as well as coming to appreciate and understand spectacular rock art through traditional songs and stories.  Journeying through the Pilbara, you will be taken through Murujuga National Park to view the highest concentration of rock art anywhere in the world. The Rock Art Tour will give visitors the chance to view 1 million rock art images across the Burrup Peninsula and Dampier Archipelago, believed to be over 40,000 years old.

There are many tour options available, including the Rock Art tour, the Barrimirndi tour, the Bush Tucker tour and the 4WD Tag-Along tour, just to name a few. Some itinerary tours include camping in the bush and visiting some of the most breathtaking places to view the wonders of the Milky Way. The rich culture and passion for the sacred sites you will witness on ‘The Ngurrangga Tours’ will make it an unforgettable trip. 

(Image Credits: Ngurrangga Tours https://www.ngurrangga.com.au/photo-gallery/ )

Northwest Shelf gas Project

  • (08) 9158 8292

Free tour of the gas project. On the Burrup Peninsula near the Dampier Port. It is the biggest resource development site in Australia. Check out the Visitors Centre from April to October.

  • Type:Tours

Details

Description

The North West Shelf Project is a joint venture between six major international companies. It is one of the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers, supplying oil and gas to Australian and international markets from huge offshore gas and condensate fields in the Carnarvon Basin off the north-west coast of Australia.

The internationally renowned North West Shelf Venture Visitors’ Centre includes interactive displays that invite you to look, touch, feel and listen as you learn. Overlooking the Karratha Gas Plant, the visitors centre is situated on the Burrup Peninsula Road about 20km from Karratha.

Admission is free, however opening times are seasonal so please telephone for information.
P: +61 8 9158 8292
P: +61 8 9144 4600 (Karratha Visitor Centre)

Oceanus Sport Fishing Charters

Experience world class fishing in your own backyard! Sport, Game, Light Tackle,Reef and Deapsea Fishing throughout the Dampier Archipelago, along the Central Pilbara Coast.

  • Activity:Fishing
  • Type:Charters & Rentals

Details

Description

Personalised Fishing Charters aboard a 30ft Powercat "Men at Work" catering for novice and professional anglers. Specialised fishing equipment, bait, lures and ice supplied. All fish are cleaned,filletted and bagged for your convenience. "Now that's fishing!"

Pelican Charters

Travel in style and comfort.. Choose between two Luxury charter boats.

  • Activity:Rivers & Lakes
  • Tour Price:Varied
  • Type:Tours

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,School holidays

Description

Our Pride and joy the Pelican and New to Wa Live-wire. Designed to provide overnight accommodation and comfort with loads of deck space, facilities and amenities, protected undercover for your customers, upper fly bridge seating for relaxing, Handrails all the way to the bow and marlin board with ladder access to enter the water.

Point Samson Charter Co.

  • (08) 9187 1052

Friendly small fishing tours departing from Point Samson daily. Only 30 minutes drive from Karratha. Go fishing, whale watching, snorkelling or island hopping. Fishing gear provided.

  • Type:Charters & Rentals,Tours
  • Activity:Fishing

Details

Description

Fishing tours aboard a 25 foot centre console aluminium boat. Maximum four people on each trip. Free fish filleting and packaging provided.

Port Hedland Cultural & Heritage Trail

Trail taking you through the history of the town. Additional drive section for a little more insight. Brochures available from the tourist bureau.

  • Suited For:Families
  • Type:Sites & Trails

Details

Description

Includes Olde St Matthews church, which was built in 1918 and is still in it's original state. Walk the trail to gain a little insight into the lives of the earlier settlers in the area.

Red Earth Arts Precinct

Karratha's premium entertainment complex.

  • Open days/Times:Mon - Sun
  • Suited For:Families
  • Activity:Cinemas,Entertainment Centre,Theatres
  • Type:Entertainment Venues

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays,School holidays

Description

<p> Designed by Brian La Fontaine of Peter Hunt Architects, the building is an abstraction of the Pilbara landscape.</p> <p> Located within the venue is Karratha Library, a 476 seat theatre that can also operate as a cinema or a flat floor hall, an outdoor rooftop terrace that can be an event space or a cinema, two rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms and art spaces within the foyers. There are hospitality areas on both floors.</p> <p> In the last few years the City of Karratha has embarked on a challenge to open, staff and run the Red Earth Arts Precinct. We have researched, planned, organised and undergone training in our efforts to be able to present the best possible outcomes for the community.</p>

Roebourne Golf Club

  • (08) 9187 1535

18 hole golf course open to the public. Try golfing in the Pilbara where they use sand scrapes for greens.

  • Activity:Golf
  • Suited For:Adults (18+),Seniors
  • Type:Attractions

Details

Description

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