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If you’re looking for amazing spots in Pannawonica where you can book accommodation for all budgets, indulge in savoury takeaways to great dining experiences, discover captivating attractions, and experience different activities, these are some of the places to visit:


The town is situated 1,429 km north of Perth and 200 km southwest of Karratha.


Pannawonica is a ‘closed town’. The town got its name Pannawonica from the nearby “hill that came from the sea” or the Pannawonica Hill.

The town lore was that the island had two local disputing groups until a sea spirit decided to step in and resolve the problem by moving the hill inland. As the sea spirit was dragging the hill over, it left a deep indentation which became the Robe River.

The area around Pannawonica is part of a 2,500 million-year-old formation of Hamersley rocks, formed by the chemical sedimentation of minerals in an oceanic environment.


Look out for the “Boot Tree” if you’re going to Pannawonica. There’s a tradition that when people permanently leave the town, they leave and their boots hanging from the branches of this tree behind.

There are shaded swimming holes with picnic areas along the Robe River, which are a haven for locals.

Every September each year, the town comes to life with the annual Pannawonica Rodeo/Robe River Rodeo.

The town is also the western gateway to Millstream Chichester National Park, along the unsealed Millstream - Yarraloola road. If you’re travelling by this road, it’s highly recommended that you notify your intention to travel with the Millstream Ranger or the Pannawonica Police. The road is unsuitable for buses, caravans, trailers or two-wheel drive vehicles.

Fun Facts

Distance from Perth: 1,429 km
Population: 685
Postcode: 6716
Founded: 1970

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