If you are ever driving through Tom Price, Mount Nameless is a spot you should certainly check out. It’s a fairly basic 4WD track to the top of the 2nd highest vehicle accessible mountain in Western Australia. At 1128 metres above sea level, it isn’t just a small mountain either (by WA standards!).
Where is Mount Nameless?
Mount Nameless is located just 4km out of Tom Price’s town center. It is around 300km west of Newman, and right next to Karijini. Tom Price is one of the more commonly visited parts of the north west if you are checking Karijini out as it is a good place to refuel before you move on.
How do I get there?
To get to the start of the track, head west out of the town along Mine road, and turn left (also onto Mine road). From there, take the first right onto Nameless Valley Drive, and then the first left onto a gravel track. This gravel road takes you past a mine site, and you will eventually end up at the start of the mountain. Make sure you obey the speed signs on the gravel road as there are frequent vehicles coming and going to the mine.
How difficult is it?
The track itself is quite easy. 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!
How long does it take?
Once you have let your tyres down a bit, the drive to the top only takes about 15 – 20 minutes. I’d suggest taking it slowly, as although the surface is hard, it is very uneven and you want to make sure you stay on the road! We spent about half an hour at the top taking photos and looking around, before heading back down again. Make sure you use low range and let the engine do the braking on the way down, or you risk having your brakes overheating and failing.
What’s the view like?
The view from Mount Nameless is awesome; just look at the photos for yourself. You can see Tom Price, the mine site and an incredibly harsh Pilbara landscape for as far as the eyes can see. I got the telephoto lense out to take photos of the mine, which is also impressive.
Is it worth a look?
We had driven into Tom Price via a stay at Karijini, and had done a few hundred kilometres already that day. Mount Nameless provides a quick break where you can lock the hubs and do a bit of four wheel driving (as a pose to driving for hours at 110km/h on bitumen roads!). I’d highly recommend it, and given how quickly you can get to the top its well worth a look!