Paraburdoo Tourism & Travel
Paraburdoo is some 651 km inland, north of Carnarvon and 1536 km north of Perth. Paraburdoo is on the southwestern end of the Hamersley Range National Park and some 81 km south of Tom Price.
Paraburdoo was the second town founded as a service town for its mining operations in the 1970s by Hamersley iron. Paraburdoo is named after Piraburdoo Station. 'Piraburdoo' coming from local aboriginal words 'piru' and 'pardu' meaning 'meat' and feathers'. Piraburdoo referred to the ready food supply of the local aboriginal people - the flocks of white cockatoosThe wealth of Western Australia is built on such towns as Paraburdoo. In common with Tom Price and Newman in the Pilbara, the development of the Pilbara company towns in the early1970s was due to the massive mineral boom that fuelled the economy of Western Australia in that era. Few lived in the Pilbara Region and workers were needed - so whole towns were built to service the needs of the workers and their families.The largest private railway in the world was built to carry the crushed and screened Iron ore from the huge open cut mines of the Pilbara from Paraburdoo via Tom Price then onto the Indian Ocean port at Dampier. Tom Price is situated some 800m above sea level and the rail journey from Paraburdoo to Mount Tom Price takes six engines to pull the train up the 300 metre gradient. These trains are greater than 2 km long, with 200 cars pulling a total weight of 25 000 tonnes of iron ore. In the 2000's the Pilbara Region is again the powerhouse of Australia and Western Australia in particular as the emerging nations of the world vie for the wealth mined from such areas as Paraburdoo and other Pilbara mines.
Paraburdoo is on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert and in the Hamersley Ranges. Wildflowers are prolific after rains and the area is renowned for plentiful wildlife and scenery. There are few attractions at Paraburdoo. The Karijinni National Park is closer to Tom Price. The Hamersley Iron Pty Ltd conducts Mine Tours but bookings are required. The massive workings of the Pilbara mines are worthy of a visit.