Photographer's Note

The Pilbara region in Western Australia has some of the world’s most ancient natural landscapes stretching over 400,000 square kilometres. Deep rocky canyons lead to peaceful plunge pools in the beautiful Karijini National Park. Hundreds of islands with dazzling white beaches and untouched coral gardens are yours to explore on the Dampier Archipelago and Mackerel Islands. And yet the Pilbara is also known as the engine room of Australia - home to a massive mining industry in crude oil, salt, natural gas and iron ore. A vast area of very inhospitable country where the only development of any note is along the coastal fringe. Development in the area is mostly to service the iron ore mines of the Hammersley Range and the areas south of Port Hedland and Dampier.

Self drive travellers in this region MUST ensure they are fully equipped for any emergency and that they have all necessary permits and approvals for the areas to be visited. Expect anything off the main highway to be unsealed. The bulk of this region is made up of the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts and is one of the hottest areas on earth. Despite the extremely harsh environment there is surprising beauty here. Sundown across the Pilbara is when the red ridges turn soft purple and the white gums and the spinifex clumps glow in the fading light.

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