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Mount Nameless, or Jarndrunmunhna in the local Aboriginal language, is 1128 metres above sea level. Overlooking Tom Price, the mountain summit can be accessed by 4WD and by foot along a challenging steep well-marked trail.
The spectacular Mount Nameless is located just 4km out of Tom Price’s town center and is best known for its challenging 4WD track to the summit. It is one of the highest 4WD tracks in Western Australia and the mountain totally dominates the skyline around the mining town. For the more energetic, taking on the Mount Nameless hiking trail to the summit is well worth the effort. The views over surrounding hills and massive Rio Tinto iron ore mine site are spectacular. The trail is mostly steep made slightly easier by steps carved out of rock in some sections. Railings also aid the hiker in more difficult sections. From the Car Park at the base of the mountain, the hike up and return can take over 3 hours. It is not the thing to do on a hot summer day. Make sure you carry water. To get to the start of the 4WD track, head west out of the town along Mine road, and turn left (also onto Mine road). From there, take the first right onto Nameless Valley Drive, and then the first left onto a gravel track. This gravel road takes you past a mine site, and you will eventually end up at the start of the mountain. Make sure you obey the speed signs on the gravel road as there are frequent vehicles coming and going to the mine.
About the region
Tom Price is the most attractive purpose-built town in the Inland Pilbara with tree-lined streets, modern facilities, an impressive Visitor Centre and a relaxed country-town atmosphere. Once owned by the Rio Tinto mining company it is now owned and run by the Shire of Ashburton. Located below the impressive Mount Nameless, Tom Price has been described as the 'Top Town in Western Australia' because it is the highest town in Western Australia. It is nestled in the Hamersley Range, a flat-topped mass of Precambrian sediment which was deposited on the sea bed more than 500 million years ago. It is recognised as one of the oldest weathered surfaces on earth. The combination of millions of years of wind, rain and ice (during the Permian Ice Age) has eroded the whole area into a series of spectacular gorges. The end result is some of the most beautiful and dramatic landscapes in Australia. The gorges are notable for their distinctive horizontal bedding where layers of red, black and brown iron form bands of colour with conglomerates and sandstone. The area has been denuded by the harshness of the summers with ghost gums, red river gums and wildflowers (including the Sturt Desert Pea) giving the landscape a special beauty.
Start Point: Tom Price Tourist Park, or at base of Mount Nameless for the walk. Tom Price is 1,455km (16 hours) north of Perth
End Point: Tom Price Tourist Park, or at base of Mount Nameless for the walk. Tom Price is 1,455km (16 hours) north of Perth
Region: Tom Price, North West
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