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Newman

Visitor Centre:
Newman Visitor Centre
Cnr Fortescue Avenue and Newman Drive
Phone: 08 9175 2888
Visitor website: www.newman.org.au
General:
Newman is the southern gateway to the goldfields of Nullagine, Marble Bar and Rudall River, surrounded by ancient eroded hills, tree lined river beds and waterholes, spinifex covered plains and deserts.

NOTE:
There is a sealed road from the Great Northern Hwy, north of Newman, leading to the towns of Tom Price and Paraburdoo.
There is also a sealed road between Leinster and Mount Magnet.
History:
The town takes its name from Mount Newman, a peak 1053m above sea level. This mount was named in 1896 after Aubrey Woodward Newman, an explorer who died of typhoid fever just before reaching the area. He had been on a mapping expedition.
In 1957 a veteran prospector, A.S. ‘Stan’ Hilditch discovered a massive iron ore deposit about 15kms south-east of Mt. Newman. This was named Mt. Whaleback as the hill resembled the shape of a humpback whale and it is now the world’s largest single open-cut iron ore mine.
Attractions:
Ophthalmia Dam

Located 18kms north of town, off the Marble Bar Road, the maximum surface area is approx. 16 square kms; maximum volume is approx. 28 million cubic metres. The dam is ideal for sailing and year round barbecues. No camping please.

Radiohill Lookout

Gives a 360 degree panoramic view of the surrounding countryside by day and it is a great place to go at night to see the lights of the town and mine.

Water holes

A suggested itinerary of natural waterholes and aboriginal art sites is available from the Visitor Centre. 2WD and 4WD access.
Newman is the southern gateway to the magnificent Hamersley Range. A 156km drive from Newman, through the spectacular Pilbara scenery and Munjina Gorge.

Karijini National Park

Newman is the southern gateway to the magnificent Hamersley Range. A 156km drive from Newman, through the spectacular Pilbara scenery and Munjina Gorge.

Mount Meharry

Climb Western Australia’s highest peak, at 1,249m above sea level. The view from the top is spectacular.