Set in the fascinating Pilbara region of WA, 1536km north-east of Perth, Paraburdoo is one of several towns purpose-built in this area in the 1960s and 1970s to house and service the miners employed by Hammersley Iron.
The mining conglomerate extracts iron ore from a number of rich sites, including Mt Tom Price, 79km up the road, which has reserves of more than 200 billion tonnes.
Paraburdoo's name derives from the Aboriginal word 'pirupardo' which literally means 'meat feathers' and refers to the proliferation of corellas in the area.
Temperature can be extreme in these parts and Paraburdoo has recorded a maximum of 48.9C and a minimum of 1.5C. The average rainfall is 295mm, but it can vary considerably from the average due to seasonal cyclones.
Many travellers use Paraburdoo and the township of Tom Price as staging posts for forays into the beautiful Karijina National Park nearby and to the east of both towns. This is a stunning place full of deep and spectacular gorges, billabongs, waterfalls and often weird and wonderful plant and animal life. Make sure you don’t miss seeing the Fortescue Falls and the delightful Fern Pool.