This is where the range meets the coastal plains and there is a large vertical drop. I visited 2 weeks after the roads were opened after the end of the wet season so there was lots of water around. The pools were heavily frequented by the locals, its a great spot for total relaxation, pitty about the one-ways 3 hour 4WD dirt road journey along the Hamersley Iron rail access line from Tom Price.
As the country side is so harsh due to lack of water, this water fall/creek system is just magnicificant to be at. Bring your swiminmg suit, sun block, tweezers to remove spinafex grass, towel, lunch & plenty of drinking water.
Definately walk up the non-existant track to the top and behold the view, very hot rocks, and lovingly cool and suprisingly deep pools. Take a towel and wrap it about your legs to avoid spinafex thorns or take some tweezers!
Karratha is the town next to Dampier (and unfortunately not in the plan here at VT).
Right behind the Visitor Centre begins a walking trail with interesting points such as aboriginal stone-carvings and interesting landscapes.
The whole walk would take 3.5 hours and ends somewhere on the road to Dampier. But there is the possibility to make the small roundtrip and come back to the same point (around 2 hours).
For the plan ask at the Visitor Center, then you can also find the interesting points.
Even then you must be very cautious to find the right way. Take enough water with you and start earlier in the morning, when it is not too hot.
It is worth the preparations. You can see quite some interesting things (not many people there, either)
Gas piped in from about 130 kms offshore is processed here and stored before being piped over 1400 kms south and also shipped to Japan. More recently contracts have been signed for shipments to be sent to China (PRC). Tours of the facility are available but bookings are essential.
In actual fact Dampier is on the Burrup Peninsula but it's further up the other end that it's at its most spectacular. Ideal for fishing, walking, 4WD driving, Aboriginal rock art, photography, etc.
See my travelogue for more photos.