Just 24kms north of the Tropic of Capricorn, Paraburdoo is a 40-year-old purpose built mining town that lies on the desert fringe of the Hamersley Ranges.
It is renowned for its beautiful scenery, wildlife diversity and interesting short history - including UFO sightings, the discovery of 200-year-old bones and royal visits.
The town boasts a hospital, a college, and a variety of sporting facilities including an oval, basketball courts, skatepark, tennis courts and air-conditioned squash courts.
Palm Springs is a permanent water source with exceptional bird watching. It is a Heritage Site for the Innawonga People, located 50km north along Paraburdoo TP Road.
Kelly’s Pool is 8kms out of town and the local year round water hole with picnic facilities (swimming prohibited) and discover Aboriginal rock art (50kms away - need permission to access Dirt Road from Rio Tinto Gate House) at Ratty Springs.
Paraburdoo's highest recorded maximum temperature is 48.9C and the lowest recorded temperature is 1.5C. The average rainfall is 295mm. Rainfall can vary considerably from the average due to seasonal cyclones.
Rio Tinto’s Paraburdoo Iron Ore Mine
Services include a Police station, Royal Flying Doctor Service, library, shire office, post office, credit union, child health clinic, medical centre and Anglican and Catholic Churches.
The Paraburdoo Caravan Park provides 10 caravan bays for tourists. Contact the Rocklea Palms hotel on 9189 5018 for bookings. There is accommodation available at the local hotel, and P&O Catering facilities. IGA operates a modern supermarket from within the shopping centre in Paraburdoo where there is a pharmacy, newsagency, bakery and cafe.
Just outside of the town is the Paraburdoo Airport, located 9km northeast of Paraburdoo.The airport serves the towns of Paraburdoo and Tom Price with bus services completing the extra 71km journey to Tom Price.
Last updated: 5 May 2017