Rugged gorges, ancient art and secluded waterfalls: Why the Pilbara is a must-see

Jul 31, 2020
The Karijini National Park in Western Australia will leave you breathless. Source: Getty

Western Australia is a vast, yet beautiful state, from the gorgeous stretches of white sand to the outback where you see nothing but red dirt for kilometres on end. You could easily spend weeks, if not months exploring Australia’s west, and if you’re planning a holiday that way, the Pilbara is an absolute must.

The region is located in the north of the state and extends some 500,000 square kilometres right across the Great Sandy Desert to the Northern Territory border. Throughout you’ll find three national parks, Millstream-Chichester, Karlamilyi and Karijini, all of which offer different, yet equally beautiful surroundings from rugged gorges to picture-perfect waterfalls and flowing rivers.

The Pilbara is also home to the towns of Port Hedland, Roebourne and Newman, and the famous Burrup Peninsula which is known for its incredible rock engravings. These 10,000 engravings are said to be among the earliest examples of art in the world and are a must-see for anyone in the region.

The Pilbara region is a must see on any visit to the Pilbara region. Source: Getty

There’s no denying you’ll take plenty of spectacular photographs on a trip to the Pilbara, with the stark contrast between the bold red dirt and the sparkling blue sky leaving you breathless.

So, if this fantastic part of the world is on your bucket list, a guided tour of the region and its surrounds is certain to tickle your fancy. And Travel at 60 has just the thing – a 13-day guided holiday of Western Australia you’ll experience much of what the state has to offer.

Journey along the rugged blue coastline from Broome to Perth and through the remote outback and experience everything from a magical Cable Beach sunset, to the startling landscape of Karijini National Park and the sight of wild dolphins swimming to shore at Monkey Mia. Plus, explore Yanchep National Park with your Indigenous guide and maybe, if you’re feeling brave, even swim with Exmouth’s whale sharks.

Or, if you’re after a longer getaway, perhaps a 21-day adventure would suit you better? The guided tour will take you into the rugged Kimberley region, where breathtaking and mystical waterholes await you, into the mineral-rich Pilbara and the Karijini wilderness. This journey is sure to create memories to last a lifetime.

But, be quick because if you book before September 1, you can secure your spot on either of these fantastic tours with a $99 deposit. And you could also receive a 10 per cent early bird discount on selected departures!

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Are you planning a holiday to Western Australia? Have you ever visited the Pilbara before?

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