Region profile: Pilbara

Posted on 26th Mar 2020

Twice the size of the United Kingdom, the Pilbara region offers some of WA’s most unique natural landscapes, historic Indigenous archaeological sites and culture, as well as dazzling white beaches and untouched coral gardens. The Pilbara is also known as the engine room of Australia, home to a massive mining industry, specialising in crude oil, salt, natural gas and iron ore.

The Pilbara covers a wide range of activities to suit all tastes. Here are our top five:

  1. Explore one of the many national parks in the region which sport deep rocky canyons and peaceful plunge pools including Karijni, Murujuga, and Millstream national parks.
  2. Head to Hearson’s Cove along the Karratha coast for a full-moon experience of a lifetime, Staircase to the Moon.
  3. Have a weekend getaway in the fishing and snorkeling paradise that is Mackerel Islands. Accessible via plane or boat from Karratha, the Mackerel Islands sport-thriving wildlife, crystal clear waters and secluded coastline.
  4. Make your way through the Port Hedland Cultural and Heritage Trail, a self-guided tour which takes you around the West End to historic sites and buildings, telling the story of early Hedland days.
  5. From July to September, wildflowers in all shapes, colours and sizes sprout across the region’s plains. Pack the car and head out for some breathtaking views.

In the Pilbara, registrars are exposed to wide range of clinical skills, including:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • chronic disease
  • drug and alcohol
  • emergency medicine
  • mental health
  • obstetrics and gynaecology.

If you’d like to know more about opportunities in Karratha, get in touch with program training advisor Taylor O'Dea at

Want to know more about general practice and life in the Pilbara, get in touch with us on 08 9473 8200 or at or