Nestled deep in the Hamersley Ranges, at the base of the beautiful Mt Nameless, is the town of Tom Price to the heart of Karijini country in the north of the State. Tom Price is a picturesque, modern and fully serviced town designed to blend into the natural environment. Tom Price is a mecca for tourists during the warm, sunny winter months. With a variety of tourist attractions in the area, at least a three to four day stay is recommended.
Many visitors heading to Karijini National Park choose to base themselves in Tom Price and take day trips to the park, which is only 50 kilometres (40 minutes' drive) away. Karijini National Park is the second biggest national park in Western Australia, encompassing some 627,445 hectares. In its sheer gorges and chasms, you can see where time has carved deep lines through the landscape. Hidden amongst its rugged formations are crystal clear rock pools, cascading waterfalls and tropical fern environments, many offering easy walking tracks or viewing platform access.
The recently opened Karijini Interpretive Centre is built in the shape of a Bungarra (Australian monitor) lizard and houses a wealth of Aboriginal culture, history and artistic fauna and flora displays. Wildflowers blanket the landscape around Tom Price from July to October, with stunning displays of Ashburton and Sturt Desert Pea.
Mt Nameless, 1128 metres above sea level, is the highest accessible mountain by vehicle (four wheel drive only) in Western Australia. It provides spectacular views of the Tom Price iron ore mine site and the township. For energetic people, there are two walk trails to the summit, providing breathtaking views every step of the way.
Mine tours are conducted on a daily basis (minimum six people). A comprehensive one and a half hour tour by local guides encompasses a tour around town and through the mine site. The tour takes visitors into the pit, enabling them to have an up close encounter with the massive trucks and machinery. For those wanting to relax, you can enjoy the latest movies at the open air cinema, popular on a summer's night.
The annual Nameless Festival is a gala event held on the second weekend in August. The Festival includes sideshows, novelty games and races, art and craft exhibits and spectacular fireworks displays. Motel, lodge, self contained villas, and camping style accommodation is available.
Tom Price has a variety of dining outlets, for those who are looking for something light to eat or for those who require a substantial meal. The friendly staff at the Visitors Centre can provide you with: Visitor Information Karijini National Park and Mine Tour Bookings; Free Accommodation Booking Service; Wide range of souvenirs and books; Greyhound/McCafferty's bus bookings and Public Internet Access.
The local visitor centre can be contacted on 08 9188 5488.
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