Did you know, at 747m above sea level, Tom Price is the highest town in Western Australia?
It stands to reason that this charming Pilbara town would have incredible views and the best place to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Hamersley Ranges is atop Mt Nameless. Make an early start to the day and follow the 4WD track up to the lookout for a sunrise view over Tom Price and the Rio Tinto Mines.
Head into town for great coffee and a hearty breakfast at the Pickled Bean; a favorite stop amongst locals and travelers alike. Or if you’re a fond of baked goods – the town has its own Brumby’s Bakery Tom Price now! Tell them the Tom Price Visitor Centre recommended a visit!
For dinner, Red Breeze offers distinct Asian flafours (Japanese and Thai cousine), or for a more local experience head to the Windawarri Lodge for buffet or bar a baar menu! Of course, your typical outback pub is also an option, in Central Road.
Iron Ore mining is the beating heart of Tom Price and a visit to the Rio Tinto open-cut mine is an absolute ‘must do’. The sheer scale of this mine is impressive, being one of the largest open-cut iron ore mines in the world. During the 90 minute tour, visitors experience the working trucks, shovels and drills, the crushing and screening plants and the train load out area. Detailed commentary ensures that this tour is a highlight of any visit to the Pilbara.
Tours depart daily from the Tom Price Visitor Centre at 10am.
If a picnic lunch sounds like a plan, head out to Kings Lake, a popular recreational parkland located in a natural bush setting with barbeques and gazebos. This is a popular spot for bird watching. Or maybe a birds-eye view is more your style.
If you have more time we highly recommend The Flying Sandgroper for half day and full day tours around the area – they’re all about showing you the best of Karijini and the Pilbara. You can also hire Quality 4WD Rental Vehicles & Camping equipment. They take care of Charter & Group Tours from Ningaloo to Broome. Pete will take great care of you and your group!
If you want to experience what the centre of the earth looks like then you better ask about West Oz Active Adventures – they will take you to the deepest parts of Karijini National park where only a few people per year get to go, and show you rocks that are 3 billion years old. The scenery is just unreal – plus some canyoning abseiling, spider walking and rock climbing to get there – so an adventure packed day! Once again all catered for so all you’ll need is your energy!
When you’re in Karijini and ready for a break you can trust the Karijini Eco Retreat for a great meal and coffee. They also have unique accommodation if you’re embracing the whole ‘Pilbara experience’.
If you are looking for something closer to town then the Tom Price Tourist Park offers a variety of accommodation styles – also perfectly situated for best views at the bottom of Mount Nameless.
Sunrise or sunset – you must get on top of Mount Nameless Jarndrunmunhna. You can either ‘track it’ or 4WD it. It’s Tom Price’s epic must-do. Breathtaking views and colours.