Tom Price, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, is home to Mount Nameless/Jarndunmunha (Aboriginal Name). It stands at 1128 metres above sea level, and dominates the skyline around the mining town.
We heard that it had a bit of a challenging four wheel drive drive track to the top, that would take about half an hour each way. We also heard that it was the second highest accessible mountain by four wheel drive in Western Australia, so of course we had to give it a go.
We had heard that there were spectacular views, but I think that was under rated, because the views were magnificent, and well worth the effort. We had views across the township of Tom Price, over the Tom Price Caravan Park, the Rio Tinto mine and of course the valleys that make this area stunning.
If you are feeling energetic, then there is a well-marked hiking trail that you can challenge yourself on. Of course, we spent about two seconds considering this option, and decided that the four wheel drive track was a far better option.
If you do decide to attempt the hike, then it is a good 3 hour return trip, and I am reliably informed that the trail is steep, however they have made it a bit easier with steps carved from rock and there are handrails installed to aid the hiker in the most difficult sections. Remember to take plenty of water, let someone know your plans, and do not attempt it on a hot summers day.
You will have full telephone and internet access on the track (the towns Telstra tower is on top of the mountain). The four wheel drive track itself is a moderate challenge, put it this way, we wouldn’t take a sedan up there. There are a number of uneven rocks, but nothing that requires a huge amount of clearance. Providing you throw it in low range and let the tyres down a bit, you will have a relatively comfortable drive to the top!
With the company of Cruiser and the Castle (a lovely travelling family we met) we enjoyed some nibbles and a couple of wines while watching the sun go down over the township of Tom Price. It was the best way to spend our last night in Tom Price and to celebrate a new friendship.