If you are ever driving through Tom Price, Mount Nameless is a 4WD track you should certainly do. It’s short, fun and has incredible views from the top over Tom Price, and the nearby mine. The Mt Nameless 4WD track takes you from the bottom to the top of the 2nd highest vehicle accessible mountain in Western Australia.
Where is Mount Nameless?
Mount Nameless is located just 4km out of Tom Price’s town centre. 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. If you are camping at Karijini, Dales Campground is the most common place to go, and its pretty decent!
In general though, we really enjoy the Tom Price area; its clean, welcoming and has everything you need.
How do you get to Mount Nameless?
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 tall is Mount Nameless?
At 1128 metres above sea level, Mount Nameless is the second largest 4WD accessible mountain in WA, trumped only by Mt Meharry.
Do it at your own risk, with no trailers
It’s worth noting the sign at the bottom of Mt Nameless, which passes all risk onto you, as the driver!
How difficult is the 4WD track?
The track itself is what we’d call moderate. There are a number of uneven rocks and little steps, but nothing that requires a huge amount of clearance. Providing you throw it in low range, let the tyres down a bit and pick sensible lines you will have a relatively easy drive to the top!
First gear in low range, with the front hubs locked and just crawl your way to the top with no issues. Coming down, make sure you take it nice and slowly too, and use your gears and not your brakes where possible. We spent most of the return trip in second gear of low range, where the Dmax just crawls down with no need to use the brakes.
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 lens 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 4WDing (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!
The rest of the Tom Price area is well worth a look too, especially Tiger Eye Pool!