Tom Price and Paraburdoo are working towns that sit around the edge of the Karijini National Park, making them an ideal base to stay at while exploring the magic of Karijini.
Tom Price was named after Thomas Moore Price who worked for Kaiser Steel and saw the mining potential of the area.
If you wish to see an open-cut mine, Lestok Tours run a Rio Tinto Mine Site Tour, it is one of the world’s largest open cut mines which also feature some of the largest iron ore-extracting machinery.
Mt Nameless, also known as Jarndunmunha by the aboriginal people can be walked to the summit. It is one of WA’s highest mountains and it is best to walk it early in the morning, allow 3 hours and to carry plenty of water. The views from the summit are over Tom Price.
Paraburdoo takes it name from the Indigenous word Pirupardu meaning “Meat Feathers” due to the large resident White Corella population.
Paraburdoo is generally just a stop-over for most visitors, though it does have a golf course if you like hitting a little white ball and an Olympic sized swimming pool if you’re wanting relief from the heat or a bit of cool exercise.
WHERE TO STAY
There are many places you can stay, however if you are travelling with Integrity Coach Lines then the Tom Price Tourist Park is a good option as the coach sets down and picks up passengers from there.
Wherever you stay in Tom Price or Paraburdoo, we suggest pre-booking as accommodation does book out at times.
The Tom Price Visitors Centre may be able to assist with accommodation options in these areas.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO
The scenery in Karijini National Park is fantastic and has to be seen to be believed. It is difficult to describe the beauty of the place with words.
The park is 627,422 hectares of spectacular rugged beauty that is best seen from late autumn, through winter into early spring. This means late March through to early November when the weather is at its best.
There are a variety of tours available;
- LeStock Tours - conduct guided tours of Karijini as well as Rio Tinto's Tom Price mining operation which is one of the most popular tours in the Pilbara. Lestok Tours offer full day tours too. With pick up from Tom Price Hotel, Tom Price Tourist Park, Tom Price Visitors Centre and Karijini Eco Retreat plus morning tea and lunch included, this is value packed. Not only are you taking in the scenery from air conditioned comfort but you can also cool down with a swim in crystal clear pools after exploring the walk trails through the gorges.
- The Flying Sandgroper - their two-day tour beginning again in April 2022 - is a great way to explore Karijini, that mixes adventure, nature and culture in the most beautiful part of the WA Outback.
PICK UP AND DROP OFF
Heading North to visit Karijini - there is a coach that travels from Perth to Tom Price once a week, leaving Perth on Sundays at 7pm arriving in Tom Price on Monday at 9.20pm. The departure point in Perth is at the Tourist Bus Stop, which is on Wellington Street, in front of the Perth City Train Station. We can pick up from any destination along that route, please refer to our timetable for departure times.
Heading south to visit Karijini - we have a service that departs from Broome on Saturdays to Tom Price every week, though a nights accommodation is required at either Nanutarra Roadhouse, Exmouth or Coral Bay, depending where you’d prefer to spend a little time. The coach leaves the Broome Visitor Centre on Saturdays at 8pm arrives at Nanutarra Roadhouse on Sunday at 9.40am, at Exmouth on Sunday at 1.10pm and Coral Bay on Sunday at 3.10pm. Spend a night in one of these locations and then catch the coach the following day ie: leaves Coral Bay at 11am on Monday, Exmouth at 1.15pm on Monday or Nanutarra at 4.55pm on Monday, arriving in Tom Price at 9.20pm.
Heading out of Tom Price or Paraburdoo - Integrity Coach Lines depart from Paraburdoo and Tom Price and every Monday evening for Hedland, Karratha, Exmouth, Coral Bay, Carnarvon, Geraldton or Perth. If travelling to Broome then a Wednesday departure from Auski Roadhouse is the easiest way.
Karijini to Auski Munjina Village - Not everyone can stay a week so as of 2 June 2021 the Auski Munjina Village will provide a shuttle service for our passengers from the Karijini Tourist Centre to Auski Munjina Village so that they can continue their journey with us. More information about the shuttle service and a suggested Karijini itinerary to assist with planning is below for your reference;
- Monday evening – depart the Integrity Coach Lines bus at The Tom Price Tourist Park (or other accommodation of your choice)
- Tuesday – explore and climb Mt Nameless which is behind the Tom Price Tourist Park, take a swim or do the *LeStok tour.
- Wednesday – take the **LeStok Day Tour into Karijini National Park and visit the awesome gorges and see the wonderful display at Karijini Visitor Centre.
LeStok will drop you back to the Karijini Visitor Centre by 4pm. From there, catch the Auski Munjina Shuttle service that will then take you to the Auski Munjina Village where you can either catch the Integrity coach later that afternoon to Hedland or travel onto Broome. Alternatively book a relaxing night’s accommodation at the Auski Munjina Village for travel south towards Perth for departure on Thursday.
Bookings are a MUST for all aspects of this Karijini experience from accommodation and tours, to the shuttle. As the shuttle is an introductory service, for now, bookings can only be made directly with Integrity Coach Lines either online or by contacting the office on 08 9274 7464 during office hours.
*Mine Tour - minimum number of 6 pax apply and pick up for the Mine Tour is from Tom Price Visitors Centre only
** Gorge Tour - minimum number of 2 pax apply (can purchase 2 tickets and if someone else books, receive a full refund on the second ticket)
If you are basing your Karijini visit around the Lestock Tours, we recommend contacting Lestock for full tour details along with their terms and conditions prior to booking our services.
What to expect on an Integrity Coach Lines journey
1) Short comfort stops approx. every three hours. This allows you to stretch your legs, use facilities at the roadhouses (there is also a toilet on the coach) and purchase food and drinks it you wish. You may also wish to bring dry snacks or meals that do not have distinctive odours such as eggs and tuna. And, of course, your water bottle is most welcome.
2) Capture glimpses of various towns along the way if you are using an Express ticket (point to point ticket). If you are using a Hop on Hop off pass then you may wish to stop and enjoy other towns for a couple of days rather than just pass through. The choice is yours!
3) Friendly, Personal and Knowledgeable Drivers. Drivers are knowledgeable on all locations and can provide tips and hints as needed. Two professional drivers per trip will ensure that they are well rested to get you to your destination safely. Best of all, they are a friendly crew that are very approachable.
So, why not catch a bus from Perth to Tom Price or Paraburdoo, or Broome to Tom Price or Paraburdoo and visit Karijini National Park. There is so much to see and do, it really is a magical experience full of adventure. Call Integrity Coach Lines now on 08 92747464.