The Pilbara is located in the north of the state, bordered by the Indian Ocean to the west and extending across the Great Sandy Desert to the Northern Territory border in the east. One of the largest regions in Western Australia, the Pilbara covers 507,896 square kilometres of unique and breathtaking natural landscape.
The region offers an abundance of rugged gorges, secluded waterfalls and isolated rivers and billabongs within its three national parks; Millstream-Chichester, Karlamilyi and Karijini. In addition to its magnificent inland attractions, the Pilbara's coastal plain is home to National Heritage listed Dampier Archipelago and the Montebello and Mackerel islands.
Living, working and investing in the Pilbara
The Pilbara is made up of four local government authorities:
The estimated residential population of the Pilbara was 66,300 in 2013, with fly-in-fly-out employees boosting the population by approximately a further 50,000 people. By 2035, the region is expected to have a resident population of more than 140,000, based on the growth and diversification of the economy.
Mining, construction and exports dominate the region's economy. The Pilbara is the state's mining powerhouse and makes a significant contribution to the national wealth. Its iron ore and liquefied natural gas industries are valued at over $70 billion, representing more than 70 per cent of mineral and energy production in Western Australia.
In addition to attracting tourists through its unique and internationally recognised natural features, the high number of visitors to the region is also linked to mining, construction and travel for business.
There are current and future opportunities for business to locate in the Pilbara, as well as to participate in supporting the mining industry and deliver services to the region's expanding population.
For more information visit the Pilbara Development Commission's website or contact your local Community Resource Centre.
Pilbara Region in profile – economy and community
Projects in the Pilbara