Peak travel season in this part of Western Australia takes place during the local winter months, May to August, when the temperatures are warm but much more comfortable than the local summer months. Visitors will find it cheaper to travel outside of the local school winter holidays, which take place during July. The shoulder seasons are a good time to find a cheaper deal and these take place in March to April and September to October. Avoiding the biggest public holidays in Australia, Anzac Day on the 25th April and Australia Day on the 26th January, will mean dodging sharp increases in travel and accommodation prices.
The small mining town of Paraburdoo in the western Pilbara Region may be small, but it still has plenty to offer visitors. The town is less than 50 years old, but is home to a vibrant, close knit and friendly community that enjoy some of the world’s most stunning landscapes.
The town was built specifically as a home for people working on the Rio Tinto iron ore mine. As a result of both its modernity and its isolation, the small town is well equipped when it comes to amenities, which include a library, churches, medical centre and post office. The local community are also sporting enthusiasts and visitors will be able to make use of a number of facilities that include a swimming pool, a skate park, squash courts and a golf course.
The charm and beauty of the Pilbara region lies in its isolation. Not only are most towns far away from the nearest outpost, but the landscape is largely untouched by man. Visitors will inevitably want to explore the region and they can start at the nearby Kelly’s Pool, a beautiful picnic spot just 5 miles (8km) out of town. Another essential daytrip is a drive to Radio Hill Lookout, arguably the finest local spot for far reaching views over the town and beyond.
Less than two hour’s drive to the northeast are the edges of the Karijini National Park. The park is comprised of some of Western Australia’s most beautiful rugged sights including gorges, ravines, waterfalls and streams.
Paraburdoo is a small town that is essentially the size of a village, according to most scales. This means that the main shops, facilities and residential areas can all be accessed on foot. The easiest way to explore the region however is with a 4×4 car rental. Visitors should familiarise themselves with tips and warnings for driving in Western Australia. This includes keeping plenty of water, food and spare fuel in the car.
Paraburdoo Airport (PBO) is just 6 miles (9 km) from the town. Car rental options can be arranged from the airport as can a taxi service to take visitors to the town.