Gateway to the Western Desert and Australia’s Largest Shire. Lying 15km North of the Tropic of Capricorn, Newman is a real oasis in the outback. It is sometimes referred to as ‘The Heart of the Pilbara’.

Newman, originally named Mount Newman until 1981, is a town in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. It is located about 1,186 kilometres north of Perth, and 9 kilometres north of the Tropic of Capricorn. It can be reached by the Great Northern Highway.

The town  is located 1186kms to the north-east of Perth. It takes its name from Mount Newman, a peak 1055m above sea level.  The mount was named in 1896 after Aubrey Woodward Newman, an explorer on a mapping expedition, who died of typhoid fever just before reaching the area.

In 1957 a veteran prospector A.S. “Stan” Hilditch, discovered a massive iron ore deposit about 15kms south-east of Mount Newman.  This was named Mount Whaleback, as the hill resembled the shape of a humpback whale. Mining began at Mount Whaleback in 1967, followed by the construction of the town and railway line to the port in Port Hedland. In 1981, management of the town was sold to the Shire of East Pilbara for $1.00.

​Newman is a great spot to break your journey, situated at the eastern gateway to the Pilbara, a well-equipped town with an array of facilities including shopping centres with 20 specialty shops, a bank, a post office, a range of accommodation options, a variety of restaurants, a town pool, recreational clubs and service and repair centres for all vehicle types.


Shire Of East Pilbara: Corner Kalgan & Newman Drives, Newman WA 6753

Elevation: 544 m

Weather: 18 °C, Wind E at 26 km/h, 33% Humidity

Postal code: 6753

State electorate(s)Pilbara

Hotels: 3-star averaging $194. View hotels

Population: 4,567 (2016 census)

Local time: Friday 10:19 am

LgaShire of East Pilbara

Visitor Centre

Address: Fortescue Ave &, Newman Dr, Newman WA 6753

Phone: (08) 9175 2888


Opening Hours

Monday 9:00 - 5:00
Tuesday 9:00 - 5:00
Wednesday 9:00 - 5:00
Thursday 9:00 - 5:00
Friday 9:00 - 5:00
Saturday 9:00 - 5:00
​Sunday 9:00 - 5:00