The mining town of Tom Price is Western Australia’s highest town and is blessed with a range of natural attractions, such as national parks, mountains and tranquil waterways. Within the township you’ll find lush parks, charming cafes and restaurants and locally-run boutiques.
Things to do
Embrace Western Australia’s remarkable wilderness by visiting Karijini National Park, about one hour’s drive from Tom Price. Here you can explore ancient geological formations and admire a 100-metre-tall canyon filled with waterfalls and emerald rock pools. Embark on a hike through the national park to see marble tunnels, hidden chasms and mesmerising gorges.
If you drive about 45 minutes further past Karijini National Park, you’ll reach the eerie ghost town of Wittenoom, which was once Australia’s only supplier of asbestos. Nowadays you can drive and wander past the abandoned homes and businesses that once housed about 7,000 people.
Don’t forget to drive about 20 minutes out to Mount Nameless, the highest mountain accessible by four-wheel drive in Western Australia. It stands at 1,128 metres tall and offers panoramic vistas across the countryside and Tom Price’s iron ore mine site and township. You can even visit the iron ore mine site and other mines around the township on immersive guided tours.
Spend some time around the centre of Tom Price, which reveals a collection of charming eateries. Grab fresh coffee and snacks at The Pickled Bean or enjoy authentic Asian cuisine at Moon Palace Chinese Restaurant. Mister & Sister is a great place to purchase unique fashion, while Curio Corner sells one-of-a-kind gifts and handy hardware.
Tom Price is easily reached by flying from Perth to Paraburdoo Airport, which is 45 minutes’ drive from town. You can also catch trains to Tom Price from Geraldton, Exmouth and Broome. The town centre can easily be explored on foot, but you’ll need a car to venture further afield.
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