Newman, Western Australia, Newman, WA Tours & Vacation
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Newman is located about 1186 km north of Perth and is a town in the Pilbara region.
It is the gateway to the beautiful Karijini National Park, Newman Waterholes the area also features truely authentic Aboriginal rock carvings.
Hosting a distinctly outback Australian flavour, there are many things to do and see for visitors. Although Newman is predominatley an Australian mining town originally built to house mining staff, there are fascinating explorations and tourist adventures to be had.
It is surrounded by the ancient eroded Ophthalmia Ranges and hosts the largest open cut mine in the world. The iron ore operations at Mount Whaleback have tours available, so see the visitor centre for a tour pass.
There is an art gallery and an outdoor mining museum complete with an arts and crafts shop which features an extensive range of Western Australian locally made products. Grab yourself the perfect Aussie gift while here.
At Karijini national park there are wildflowers are spread throughout the countryside with local flora such as the Mulla Mulla and the Stuart desert pea. The stunning Pilbara Gorge will leave you breathless and amaze your senses.
Nearby the Rundel River National park boasts Australia’s largest and most remotest park. Get lost and be alone with time to think and clear your mind. Nature lovers are will guaranteed to be thrilled with Newman.
Newman also hosts the first ever golf course in the Pilbara. Originally made for the executives of the mines, now a must play course for any golfing nutter or fanatic. Come check it out
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Newman is a town in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. It is located about 1,186 kilometres (737 mi) north of Perth, and 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) north of the Tropic of Capricorn. It can be reached by the Great Northern Highway. In the 2006 Australian census, its population was 4,245. Newman is a modern mining town, with suburban-style homes contrasting with the surrounding reddish desert.
The Hickman Crater is 35 kilometres (22 mi) north of Newman.
Typical of company towns, Newman is laid out with a core, where shopping and hotels are located, surrounded by residential areas, with more industrial activities on the outskirts. There is one shopping mall in the town, two shopping plazas, three hotels, and three bars/restaurants outside of those contained in the hotels. One public outdoor pool serves the town’s population.
A privately owned railway, the Mount Newman railway, was constructed linking it to Port Hedland which itself was upgraded to handle shipment of the ore to the world market. On 21 June 2001 a train 7.353 km (4.569 mi) long, comprising 682 ore cars and eight locomotives made the Newman—Port Hedland trip and is listed as the world’s longest ever train.
The ore trains are typically over 2 km long. Newman is also a service town to the nearby mining settlements like Tom Price and Paraburdoo.
The town is served by Newman Airport.
Being founded in the 1960s, Newman’s architecture reflects the modernist styles of that decade and the next, being predominantly functional and devoid of detail or embellishment. As the town was founded and built by a steel company, the majority of buildings use a steel frame construction. This applies to the suburban style homes themselves, most of them being two prefabricated halves inserted together into a steel I-section frame, the columns of which are left exposed on the exterior of the home. This construction method serves not only to showcase the company’s product, but also gives strong resistance to cyclone winds which can affect the region from time to time. For this same reason, most houses are elevated from the ground by a few steps. Many houses also have large air-conditioning units situated next to them to provide adequate cooling against the very hot summer temperatures.
Newman has an arid climate, with very hot summers and mild winters. The temperature reaches or exceeds over 38°C almost every day in the summer. On 15 January 1998, the temperature reached an all-time recorded high of 47.0°C.
Precipitation is sparse, but the influx of monsoonal moisture in the summer, which generally begins in December and lasts until April, raises humidity levels and can cause occasional heavy storms. Winter months are mild to warm, with daily high temperatures ranging from the 20°C to 26°C (18-22°C), and low (nighttime) temperatures rarely dipping below 6°C.