Story: WA’s Regions – Australia’s North West
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane
Air Date: 1st August 2021
The Pilbara region of Western Australia is twice the size of the United Kingdom, with some of the world’s most stunning ancient and natural landscapes dating back millions of years.
- Many traveller's first port of call is the mining town of Karratha, which was founded in 1968 and is home to around 17,000 people.
- The preferred way to view the landscape is via a helicopter tour. These tours start with great views of the town, the industry and then fly over the gorgeous coastline on your way to the ancient Murujuga National Park.
- The Pilbara is home to an estimated 1 million petroglyphs, with some estimated to have been carved about 50,000 years ago, dating them as the oldest pieces of art on the planet.
- Around 100 kilometres inland, visitors will find a true oasis, Millstream Chichester national park.
- Covering 200,000 hectares the park is home to rugged gorges, waterways full of life, and permanent natural rock pools.
- Dales Gorge in the stunning Karijini National Park is approximately 2.5 billion years old, and the perfect place to take a refreshing dip.