NEWMAN

Norman is the ‘destination’ town of the inland WA route. Newman is a new town that owes its existence to BHP.

The area was once marginal cattle country, Newman was built in the 1960s by the Mount Newman Mining Company, with the discovery of rich iron deposits on nearby Mount Whaleback. The discovery marked the start of the resource boom in Western Australia in the 1970s. The town takes its name from nearby Mount Newman, named in honour of A.W. Newman, an early explorer who died of typhoid just before reaching the area in 1896.

Newman boasts the largest iron ore open cut mine in the world, and it is still growing.

Typical of company towns, Newman is laid out with a core, where shopping and hotels are located, surrounded by residential areas, with more industrial activities on the outskirts. There is one shopping mall in the town, two shopping plazas, three hotels, and three bars/restaurants outside of those contained in the hotels. One public outdoor pool serves the town's population.

A privately-owned railway, the Mount Newman Railway, was constructed linking it to Port Hedland which itself was upgraded to handle shipment of the ore to the world market. On 21 June 2001 a train 7.353 km (4.568 miles) long, comprising 682 ore cars and eight locomotives made the Newman—Port Hedland trip and is listed as the world's longest train ever.

 Being founded in the 1960s, Newman's architecture reflects the modernist styles of that decade and the next, being predominantly functional and devoid of detail or embellishment. As the town was founded and built by a steel company, the majority of buildings use a steel frame construction.

Each of the traditional religions is represented in Newman.

There are two main pubs.

The Newman War Memorial is a traditional ‘new’ acknowledgement.

The Museum is located at the info office.

Be sure to have an overnight and do the ‘open cut mine’ tour.

Heritage diary

Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
  Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course