Paraburdoo is located in the Shire of Ashburton and is named after the nearby 'Pirraburdoo' lease, an aboriginal name for the white "Little Corella" which lives in the area. The Shire of Ashburton, at nearly half the size of Victoria (105 647 square km), boasts some of the world's largest open cut mines, largest pastoral leases and cattle stations and a thriving fishing industry all set against a beautiful and ancient arid tropical landscape. Nestled in some of the most scenic landscape in Western Australia, Paraburdoo is a close-knit community which offers a safe and friendly environment, ideal for young families.
The construction of Paraburdoo commenced in January 1970 and the first residents moved into their new homes in September 1970. The town, located approximately 1,500km north of Perth, has a population of around 2000 people and has a strong sporting community with facilities including an olympic size swimming pool, tennis, netball and basketball courts, air conditioned squash courts, cricket and football fields, motor cross, bowling, golf, softball, teeball, and swimming clubs.
Other facilities provided in town are a supermarket, newsagency, bottleshop, pharmacy and gift shop, bakery, Karingal Neighbourhood Centre and op shop, youth centre, day care centre, playgroup, toy library, mobile hairdressers and drive-in.
The town offers services such as a police station, Royal Flying Doctor Service, library, shire office, post office, credit union, primary school, child health clinic, medical centre, visiting veterinary surgeon, and Anglican and Catholic Churches. The airport, which services both Paraburdoo and Tom Price, is located only 15 minutes from Paraburdoo and is serviced by two planes daily.
Local landmarks include Radio Hill Lookout, The Ranges, Kelly's Pool, and Palm Springs, which is located on the road to Tom Price.
Paraburdoo is located on the doorstep of the world renowned Karijini National Park. Known for its spectacular gorges and scenery, Karijini is popular with locals and tourists alike. Being on the edge of the desert and in the Hamersley ranges the area is noted for its beautiful scenery and its rich variety of wildlife.
Paraburdoo is located approximately 530km inland of Coral Bay and Exmouth where the small settlements lie protected from the Indian ocean by the Ningaloo reef. Coral Bay is Australia's only fringing reef.