Dampier, Western Australia, Australia

An explorer's paradise for aboriginal art and isolation

Sounds pretty perfect right about now, no? Pilbara is said to be a land of vast spaces and tranquil emptiness, one of Australia's most isolated regions where sunsets leave you speechless, and gorges leave you breathless. An area of 500,000 square kilometers, much of which is yet to be explored, the ancient Pilbara sounds perfectly tantalizing!

We thought getting there would be the challenge, but there are actually direct flights from Perth to Karratha, Port Hedland, Paraburdoo and Newman. Driving might take quite a while, however.

The Pilbara region is 2.5 billion years in the making -- with three distinct regions. Deserts in the east, coastal lands filled with wildlife in the west, and in the center, seemingly barren red dusty lands that give was to expansive gorges created by water over millions of years.

The area has been an important part of the indigenous culture for centuries and their ancient heritage can be seen in some of the world's oldest art, carved into rocks throughout the region. In fact, there have been more than 10,000 engravings found in the Burrup Peninsula alone.

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An explorer's paradise for aboriginal art and isolation