Located at the heart of the Pilbara, Whim Creek Hotel is the ideal base to explore the region. There are plenty of things to do in the Pilbara and the Whim Creek staff would be happy to help you plan your stay.
Balla Balla was once a town site and was gazetted in 1898. The name is derived from the Aboriginal word ‘parla’ which means mud. Once an important port, the town was destroyed by cyclones. Today it is one of the most popular fishing spots in the Pilbara.
Millstream Chichester National Park
Millstream-Chichester National Park is a tropical oasis in the outback, a two hour drive from Whim Creek. Covering an area of approximately 200,000 hectares around the Fortescue River – the heartland of the Yindjibarndi people – it is a lush oasis of deep gorges and palm-fringed, permanent rock pools.
Roebourne, with its fine old buildings and indigenous culture is a town with a rich past and vibrant present. Roebourne is a renowned centre of Aboriginal art and some of the finest artists in the world work and exhibit their art in the town.
Make sure to visit the heritage listed Old Roebourne Gaol – now home to the Visitor Centre and Historical Museum, offering an insight into pioneer and indigenous history.
The peaceful, unspoilt, seaside town of Point Samson is a great spot with protected sandy beaches. Enjoy beach walks, picnics and the great fishing and snorkelling spots such as Point Samson Beach, John’s Creek and Honeymoon Cove.
Taking its name from the local Indigenous word meaning ‘good country’, Karratha is the youngest and fastest growing town in the Pilbara. Walk the Jaburara Heritage Trail and discover Indigenous rock engravings and artefacts. Head for Hearson’s Cove for a swim and catch the ‘Stairway to the Moon’ from May to October.
The pretty port town of Dampier is the largest tonnage shipping port in Australia. Dampier is also the departure point for day cruises to the 42 islands of Dampier Archipelago. Don’t miss the memorial to ‘Red Dog’ on the way into town, stop and read about the North West’s favourite canine and his remarkable story.
The Burrup Peninsula, located in Murujuga National Park, is living proof of the 30,000 year history of the Indigenous people in the Pilbara and home to more than 700 Indigenous archaeological sites, including 10,000 rock engravings (petroglyphs). These petroglyphs are considered to be among the earliest examples of art in the world and occur at countless sites over a wide area, generally depicting anthropomorphic figures, fauna, animal tracks and abstract symbols.
Bustling Port Hedland is home to enormous ships and huge trains. To find out about Port Hedland’s history, take the Cultural and Heritage Trail, which maps out the early times of European settlement. Or visit Dalgety House Museum, Don Rhodes Open Air Train Museum and the Courthouse Arts Centre and Gallery.