Located in the heart of the Pilbara, Newman was built in the late 1960s by the Mount Newman Mining Company to house the workforce required at nearby Mount Whaleback, the largest open-cut iron-ore mine in the world. At the same time a 426km railway was constructed between Newman and Port Hedland to transport the ore for export to Japan.
Cnr Fortescue Ave and Newman Dr; (08) 9175 2888
Nearby national parks
Mt Whaleback Mine Tours: the mine produces over 100 million tonnes of iron ore every year. Tours (minimum 4 people) run Mon–Sat Apr–Sept, Tues and Thurs Oct–Mar; book through visitor centre.
Mining and Pastoral Museum: interesting display of relics from the town's short history, including the first Haulpak (giant iron-ore truck) used at Mt Whaleback and outback station life; located at visitor centre.
Radio Hill Lookout: panoramic view of town and surrounding area; off Newman Dr.
Ophthalmia Dam: swimming, sailing, barbecues and picnics (no camping); 20 km E.
Mt Newman: excellent views; 25 km NW.
Eagle Rock Falls: permanent pools and picnic spots nearby; 4WD access only; 80 km NW.
Wanna Munna: site of Aboriginal rock carvings; 74 km W.
Rockpools and waterholes: at Kalgans Pool (65 km NE), Three Pools (75 km N) and Weeli Wolli (99 km W).
Newman Waterholes and Art Sites Tour: maps available at the visitor centre.
Karijini National Park: 196 km N; see Tom Price.
Cafes & restaurants around town
Caravan parks around town
Whaleback Village 1 kmThis park has a high proportion of semi-permanent residents associated with the mining industry. It retains about 30 tourist sites, all on lawn, with the normal services. A nearby tavern serving good meals is just a... Find out more
Newman Caravan Park 2 kmThis park has undergone a refurbishment and is a spacious place with good facilities for tourists. Both parks in Newman are owned by the same group and this one is our preference.... Find out more
Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town
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Rest areas around town
Mount Robinson rest area 97 km
107km NW of Newman (R) or 87km SE of Munjina (L)
Well off the highway at the entrance to a small gorge.
What's on around town
Campdraft and Rodeo: Mar.
Fortescue Festival: Aug.