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Paraburdoo is another town on the edge of the Karijini National Park you may want to visit. Named from the Indigenous word for the native White Corella birds, it’s in the shire of Ashburton and popular not just with tourists but also with the mining community.
Built in 1970 and with a population of around 2,000 accommodation options are limited. Despite its size there are plenty of facilities, including an Olympic-sized swimming pool, motocross and BMX tracks, as well as tennis, netball and basketball courts.
Paraburdoo is a quick flight from Perth and about an hour’s drive into Karijini National Park or Tom Price. Please keep in mind that car hire is only available from the Paraburdoo airport.
If you’re driving a camper or pulling a caravan there’s a few bays in the Paraburdoo caravan park. Bays are limited and need to be booked via the Rocklea Palms Hotel. Alternatively you can book a room at the Motel/Rio Camp, which are subject to availability.
There’s a few interesting sights to take in if you have some extra time in Paraburdoo: pack up a picnic and head 8kms out of town to Kelly’s Pool, a local water hole; or a little further away (50km) you’ll be able to see Aboriginal rock art at Ratty Springs, or spot an impressive variety of birds at Palm Springs.
For most visitors Paraburdoo will be a stop-over rather than a long stay, and it’s the access to the nearby gorges and National Park that make it a must stop destination to tourists passing through. With supermarket, chemist, petrol station, post office, hospital and other amenities, Paraburdoo is a great place to re-stock and re-fuel before heading into Karijini National Park.