Nestled deep in the Hamersley Ranges at the base of the beautiful Mount Nameless is the picturesque town of Tom Price. Named after an American geologist who played a key role in identifying the enormous mineral wealth of the Hamersley Range, Tom Price is situated some 747 metres above sea level, making it the highest town in WA and earning it the name of “Top Town”.
Ideally based for those that wish to explore the surrounding natural wonders of Karijini and Millstream Chichester National Parks, Tom Price is a modern and fully serviced town, designed to blend with the natural environment.
Tours to Karijini National Park depart most days from the centre of town and visitors are most welcome to camp there in a number of well-maintained camp grounds for a small fee. Also located nearby and within the boundaries of the Shire of Ashburton, is the beautiful Millstream Chichester National Park.
The facilities of Tom Price include a Coles supermarket, Westpac bank, medical centre, hospital, fuel outlets, library, primary and secondary schools, TAFE, motel/hotel and a number of restaurants and cafes. In 1992 Tom Price won the Keep Australia Beautiful WA Award.
Currently Tom Price is home to around 4500 permanent residents, mostly young active families, and a fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workforce of more than 1000. The town boasts a very active sporting participation rate that is envied by many regional centres. The love of sport and the outdoor lifestyle in Tom Price is evident, with the majority of sports catered for. The town is home to three large ovals, tennis, netball, basketball, squash courts and lawn bowls, as well as an indoor cricket centre, an eighteen hole golf course and an Olympic size swimming pool with children’s play equipment and facilities.
There are several park and gardens around the town, including a large and well maintained children’s playground, Lions Park, which is shady and suitable for family BBQ’s. The town also boast an enormous amount of trees for natural shading and is bordered on many sides by natural bushland, ideal for the 4WD enthusiast.
There is a well-maintained private dirt road that follows the railway line from Tom Price to Karratha on the coast. Visitors may use this road once a permit from the Tom Price Visitor Centre has been obtained.
From whichever way you approach Tom Price, you will be rewarded with some of the best scenery in Western Australia. The rich and vibrant Pilbara colours of fiery reds, golds and the most brilliant blue skies will never cease to amaze locals and visitors alike.