Paraburdoo is a town located about 1,536km from the Perth and about 79km south west of Tom Price. The town was built to support Hamersley Iron’s (now Rio Tinto) local iron ore mining operations. And in 1972, Paraburdoo was gazetted as a town.
Paraburdoo is located on the doorstep of the world-renowned Karijini National Park. Known for its spectacular gorges and scenery, Karijini is popular with locals and tourist alike. Situated on the edge of the desert in the Hamersley Ranges, the area is noted for its beautiful scenery and its rich variety of wildlife.
An abundance of watering holes and 4WD tracks are a highlight of the Paraburdoo area. Radio Hill Lookout is one of the places that one should not miss in Paraburdoo. Once at the lookout, be ready to see the spectacular views of the whole town.
Paraburdoo is located in the Shire of Ashburton and is named after the nearby ‘Pirraburdoo’ lease, an Aboriginal name for the white “Little Corella” which lives in the area. Nestled in some of the most scenic landscape in Western Australia, Paraburdoo is a close-knit community which offers a safe and friendly environment, ideal for young families.
The construction of Paraburdoo commenced in January 1970 and the first residents moved in their new homes in September 1970. The town has a population of around 2000, including residential and fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers. Paraburdoo is a strong sporting community with facilities that include an Olympic-size swimming pool, tennis, netball and basketball courts, air-conditioned squash courts, cricket and football fields, a motocross circuit, BMX track, skateboard park and bowling, golf, softball, T-ball and swimming clubs.
Other facilities and services offered at Paraburdoo include an airport, caravan park, child care centre, community hall, fire and rescue service, fire station, hospital, hotel/motel, police station, primary school and service station.