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Welcome to the Pilbara!

With a fantastic climate, natural beauty and significant cultural heritage, the region provides a great place to relax away from site.

As the Pilbara is a special place, everyone needs to apply a high level of bushcraft and marine skills to ensure the region is not degraded.

Leave No Trace encourages a special consideration to the protection and care of all natural and cultural heritage places.

As you visit this unique country, please take care to Leave No Trace.

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Cultural Diversity

The Pilbara has significant - and unique - cultural diversity. The regions’ Traditional Owners have lived on Country for at least 35 thousand years and there are thousands of significant areas (‘sites’) found throughout the region.

There are also many non-indigenous cultural sites that need to be respected in the region.

These areas are often not identified on maps. Please follow the Leave No Trace principles outlined in this brochure as a way of respecting these significant cultural sites.


The Pilbara has significant natural diversity. This ancient landscape has provided the backdrop for the evolution of hundreds of species of plants, many of which are found nowhere else.

There are also hundreds of native bird, reptile, mammal and fish species that are found on land nd in the marine environments around the Sino Iron project site.

All native mammal, reptile and bird species are protected and must be respected.


If you are going fishing please note that there are regulations as to where you can go and what you can catch.

It is important to know that you are NOT allowed to fish ANYWHERE in the project area. Be aware of the fishing regulations if you go fishing outside the project area. It is your responsibility to know these rules. Significant penalties apply.

You must follow the rules outlined in the fishing regulations guides that can be obtained for free from www.fish.wa.gov.au/sec/rec/north/index.php


Always be very aware of your safety when you are travelling offsite.

Risks include dehydration and heat stroke, vehicle accidents, attack from sharks and crocodiles or being bitten by one of the regions’ venomous snakes.

Every year families come and camp by the Fortescue River Mouth. Many have been doing this for at least two decades – please respect their privacy.


The Rock Art in the Pilbara represents some of the oldest rock art on Earth.



Fishing is not allowed anywhere in the project area.


Large crocodiles have been seen in waters around the Fortescue River mouth and other areas in the Pilbara.


For more Information:

Leave No Trace Australia

P.O. Box 71, Cottesloe WA
Ph: 08 0564 8756

CITIC Pacific Mining

GPO Box 2732, Perth, W.A. 6001
Phone: 1800 991 933
Fax: (08) 9226 8899

Karratha Visitor Centre

Karratha Road, Karratha WA 6714
Ph: (08) 9144 4600
Fax: (08) 9144 620
Email: [email protected]

Department of Environment and Conservation

Anderson Road, Karratha Industrial Estate, Karratha WA 6714
Ph: (08) 9182 2000
Fax: (08) 9144 1118
Email: [email protected]

Department of Fisheries

Unit 1, 17-19 Crane Circle
Karratha, WA, 6714.
Ph: (08) 9144 4337
Fax: (08) 9144 4348

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