Pilbara regional profile

Find out about the Pilbara region, including a map and general overview, locations of major towns and local government areas, building projects, and health profiles for adults and children.


The Pilbara Health Region of the WA Country Health Service covers the Pilbara Region of Western Australia. It is Western Australia's second most northern region, defined by the Indian Ocean to the west and the Northern Territory border to the east. The Kimberley region lies to its north across the Great Sandy Desert and the Pilbara's southern reaches border the Midwest and Goldfields regions.

The region covers a total area of 507,896 sq km (including offshore islands). Most of the inhabitants are located in the western third, whereas the eastern third is largely desert with few inhabitants. The Pilbara came to national and international prominence during the 1960s when the go-ahead was given to extract iron ore deposits in the region.

Today the Pilbara economy is crucial to the State, providing 2 of the State's largest export revenue earners - iron ore and liquefied natural gas.

More information about the Pilbara region is available on the Pilbara Development Commission website.

Towns and local government

The major population centres of the Pilbara region are Karratha, Port Hedland, Newman and Tom Price.

Major centresPopulationDistance from Perth
Karratha 26,228 1,537 km
Port Hedland 16,483 1,638 km
Ashburton 10,951 1,186 km
East Pilbara 12,197  

The population figures relate to Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2) boundaries as defined in the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS).  Wherever possible, SA2s are based on officially gazetted State suburbs and localities.  In urban areas SA2s largely conform to whole suburbs and combinations of whole suburbs, while in rural areas they define the functional zone of a regional centre.

The region consists of the following local government areas:

Health profiles

Please download the Pilbara's Health Profile from the site Publications page.

Building projects

Current projects

Completed projects