January 2016

Fortescue Avenue Newman


Fortescue Ave
Newman WA 6753


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Fortescue Road Tasmanie


Fortescue Road
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Fortescue Place


Aveley, WA (Australie-Occidentale) 6069



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Fortescue Creek


South Arm
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Fortescue Virtual Village



Fortescue Street Pimpama


Fortescue St
Pimpama QLD 4209





Fortescue Street Freemantle


Fortescue St
East Fremantle WA 6158

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Fortescue Street Brisbane

Fortescue St
Spring Hill QLD 4000

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Fortescue River Basin



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Fortescue River Airport






Fortescue River

Major Australian Rivers

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The Pilbara
Millstream-Chichester National Park

The 200,000 ha Millstream-Chichester National Park contains the Chichester Ranges which rise abruptly from the coastal plain. The Chichesters consist of a stony plateau with deep gorges and rocky pools along the edges. To the south of the park the
Fortescue river has created the Millstream oasis.
Permanent running springs feed deep pools with introduced date palms and water lilies. Millstream is the home on the Livingstonia palm, one of the few palm trees native to the northwest of Australia.

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Fortescue River. A tranquil spot in WA's Pilbara. This river supplies the 
 water for Tom Price, hence swimming is not permitted. However there 
 are plenty of places for swimming in the area. Circular Pool is near by and 
 has also a great camping area.


14-Day Pilbara, Broome & West Kimberley Tour
Departure Date 7th July 2001

DAY 5 [CP] We continue north crossing the Ashburton and Fortesque Rivers to Dampier, Karratha, Roebourne and the historic Port of Cossack. In the afternoon onto Port Hedland.

DAY 12 [CP] Some of the gorges we see today in these ranges are as impressive as you would see in any part of Australia. We visit Yampire, Dales, Circular Pool and Fortescue Fall; onto Newman.


NATIONAL WILDERNESS RED INDEX Published by the Colong Foundation for Wilderness Ltd. 30/09/94 Level 2, 362 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000.

Fortescue River area consists largely of a series of low hills and streams based on Proterozoic basalts. The hills reach to 200 to 300 metres in height. The Fortescue River flows from east to west just to the south of the area. Hummock grasslands and scattered eucalypt woodland are the dominant vegetation types.
DAMS : A proposal exists to dam the
Fortescue River to provide water to townships of the Pilbara region.




Basin Name : Fortesque

Continent Name : Australia

Ocean Name : Indian Ocean

Basin Length : 712 km

Basin Area : 62775 km2


Hamersley Range - Britannica.com

Mountains in the Pilbara region, northwestern Western Australia, extending east-southeast for 160 miles (260 km) south of the
Fortescue River. Part of an ancient tableland broken by faults and gorges, the range terminates in rocky headlands and coral islets at the Indian Ocean. It includes the highest peak in Western Australia, Mount Meharry (4,111 feet [1,253 m]), which lies southeast of Wittenoom Gorge.

Hamersley Ranges

The Hamersley Ranges stretch for more than 400km through the Pilbara, forming wild and magnificent panoramas. Spectacular gorges have been carved by the waters of the Fortescue and other rivers. Sheer walls of rock are layered in colours from red to green and blue to pink in the changing sunlight. The gorges are up to 100m deep, with the water flow at their bases sometimes only one metre wide. Others have wide crystal-clear pools reflecting the blue skies. Lush green vegetation thrives and the gorges are cool oases to swim in and escape the brilliant sunshine. Within the huge Karijini (Hamersley Range) National Park there are many well known gorges, including Dales Gorge, its strata in horizontal stripes of blue, mauve, red and brown and dating back 2000 million years


Park of the Month - June 1997
Millstream-Chichester National Park

Most of the 200,000 hectare Millstream-Chichester National Park is a landscape of rolling hills, spectacular escarpments and winding tree-lined watercourses.
The Chichester Range rises sharply from the coastal plain and includes rocky peaks, tranquil gorges, and hidden rock pools such as
Python Pool. Scattered white-barked gums and spiky spinifex clumps cover the stony plateau, which gradually slopes down to the bed of the Fortescue River.
In the midst of this landscape is the remarkable oasis of Millstream, where fresh water springs from an aquifer to create the lushly tropical Chinderwarriner Pool. Paperbark and palm trees surround this deep pool on the
Fortescue River.


The park's shady camping areas near deep pools at Crossing Pool and Deep Reach attract tourists and locals all year round, but winter is the best time to visit. The cool season between May and August, experiences little rain, with day time temperatures around 26º Celcius.
The area has an interesting cultural history. It has long been a focal point for the Yinjibarndi people and was an active pastoral station for more than 100 years. Previously two separate parks, the area was expanded into one park in 1982, and it has significant natural, recreational and cultural values.

The broad area of land straddling the Fortescue River, from the Hamersley Range through to the Chichester escarpment is the homeland of the Yinjibarndi people. Ngarrari (Millstream) was an important camp site for inter-tribal meetings. Visitors camped beside Chinderwarriner Pool, where they feasted on fresh fish and edible plant roots, harvested wood for spears and collected rocks for ritual purposes. Today the Yinjibarndi people maintain close ties with their land and have been trained and employed as rangers and contract workers.
Millstream was named in 1861 by the explorer F T Gregory, who reported its favourable grazing prospects. The pastoral lease, first taken up in 1865 changed hands several times before Les Gordon assumed management of the property in 1923. In its heyday the station covered more than 400,000 hectares and ran 55,000 sheep. The homestead which now houses the visitor centre, was built in 1919 and was home to the Gordon family until 1964.



Millstream is in the Chichester National Park, and is one of the most beautiful spots around. A long drive on gravel tracks, through barren countryside, eventually leads to this oasis in the desert.
In thousands of years past, our ancestors called Millstream or 'Ngarrari' home and it was also an important camp site for inter-tribal meetings. At these meetings, visitors often camped beside Chinderwariner Pool, better known today as Crystal Pool. There they feasted on fish and plant roots.
Covering an area of almost 200,000 square hectares, Millstream-Chichester National Park is located about 150 kilometres from Roebourne. The entire Chichester Ranges and Millstream area are stooped in both
cultural & geological history. The water’s that feed the Millstream Oasis arrive via an aquifer or natural underground reserve which is contained within the surrounding dolomite rock. This huge reserve is believed to contain in excess of 1700 million cubic metres of water and cover an area of almost 2000 square kilometres. Aided also by the run-off from the Hamersley Ranges via the Fortescue River, with this vast water supply ensures Millstream to be a year round oasis with permanent water and inviting swimming holes. To our people (the Yindjibarndi people are the traditional Aboriginal people of the area), Millstream and its surrounding waterways holds great cultural significance. The lush oasis of the Millstream wetlands, stands in vast contrast to it’s surrounding landscape consisting of spectacular escarpments,

rolling spinifex-covered hills and winding tree-lined watercourses. The area also has its fair share of European history as the area was extensively used by early European settlers as an active pastoral station for more than 100 years. The Millstream Visitors Center is located in some of the original homestead buildings as well as the remnants of the gardens, cook house and other structures used by the homestead staff. Well maintained public camping facilities are located near deep cool pools, with gas BBQs and wood supplied for campfires.



Situated on North West Coastal Highway, Roebourne is a central base for touring the are to see such places as Cossack, Point Samson, Harding River Dam, Millstream, Python Pool, Karratha, Wittenoom and Tom Price. The many well preserved and restored historic attractions around Roeboume are a must for the history buffs.

Roebourne, the gateway to Australia’s greatest oasis Millstream, which emerges out of the stark rugged iron ore country of the Chichester National Park, is a tropical paradise set on the Fortescue River with tall trees, palms, water lillies and ferns surrounding a huge lake. 


Fortescue Mount


(about 2 hours return)
A short walk along the Tasman Trail from the beach at
Fortescue Bay, suitable for families, leads to Canoe Bay . Canoe Bay contains an old steel boat wreck and was, until the early 1970's, the site of a fish processing works.

Cape Hauy Track (4-5 hours return) The Cape Hauy Track leads from Fortescue Bay, just near the boat ramp. The walk passes through a variety of heath and woodland to the magnificent views of steep cliffs and spectacular rock formations.

Mt Fortescue Track (6-7 hours return) This track takes walkers to the 490 metre Mt Fortescue and provides excellent views of the rugged coastline. The track commences at Fortescue Bay. Follow the Cape Hauy Track (see above) for about one hour to a low spur where a sign marks the Mt Fortescue Track, which leads off to the right.
Tasman Trail (about 6 - 8 hours one way)
The Tasman Trail (not to be confused with the Tasmanian Trail) follows along the clifflines from the north of Fortescue Bay to Waterfall Bay. This walk will require a car shuffle. Walkers will need to be prepared by taking water, food and wet weather gear.

Cape Raoul (about 5 hours return)
The Cape Raoul Track begins from Stormlea Road, off Highcroft Road. The initial section of the track crosses private land before entering the park. Excellent views are obtained along the track.

Canoe Bay


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WOODALL, R., 1985. Limited vision: A personal experience of mining geology and scientific mineral exploration. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 32:231-237.
"In 1957 WMC began its search for a sediment hosted copper deposit in the vast Proterozoic of Australia, a search which would last 19 years and cost $12 million in today's money terms. Our perception at the time dictated that the search be concentrated where there were signs of copper in favourable host rocks - shales like those of the African Copperbelt or lavas like those of Michigan. Limited vision took us to the remote Warburton Ranges, and to the
Fortesque Group in the Pilbara. Only when science opened our eyes to the importance of looking for copper where events may have sourced copper did improved vision enable us to see the potential of the Stuart Shelf in South Australia, where tectonics and geophysics subsequently guided us to Australia's greatest ore deposit at Olympic Dam." p232.



Ron Hackney (2001)

Position: PhD Student
Department of Geology & Geophysics
The University of Western Australia
Nedlands, Western Australia 6907

The main focus of this project is to use new and existing gravity data to aid in the interpretation of the geology of the Hamersley Province. Below you will find a description of this research and the larger project of which this research is part.

The Hamersley Province of Western Australia comprises a thick succession (up to 5-6 km) of largely volcanic rocks (Fortescue Group) overlain by a 2.5 km thick succession dominated by banded iron-formation units (Hamersley Group) (e.g. Harmsworth et al., 1990). The province contains an early Proterozoic foreland fold-and-thrust belt that hosts ten percent of known world reserves of iron ore. Renewed company interest in extending ore reserves requires knowledge of the subsurface structural geology, which will be gained by incorporating surface geological data with gravity, magnetic and seismic data. Data from two multi-channel seismic profiles obtained in 1997 (Figure 1) will constrain structural sections through the region, and gravity and magnetic measurements will be used to discriminate between possible alternative subsurface sections. Balanced structural sections across the fold-and-thrust belt will form the basis for an integrated model of the structural evolution of the Hamersley Province.

The longer of the two seismic lines, situated approximately 100 km west of Newman, begins in gently folded late Archaean to early Proterozoic Hamersley Group rocks close to the undeformed foreland and continues south into a fold belt dominated at all scales by north-verging asymmetric folds. The southern margin of the fold belt is bounded by a major normal fault that brings the younger sedimentary rocks of the late Paleoproterozoic Bresnahan Basin into contact with dolerites of the late Archaean upper
Fortescue Group.

A shorter line, 20 km east of Newman, runs approximately 40 km north-south from Hamersley Group rocks that progressively become more intensely deformed to the south before crossing into the Sylvania Inlier (Figure 1). This Archaean granite-greenstone terrain is juxtaposed against the younger rocks of the Hamersley and
Fortescue Groups, and the boundary is interpreted as a south-dipping fault contact involving over-thrusting of basement during formation of the fold-and-thrust belt (Tyler & Thorne, 1990; Tyler, 1991). Geophysical data along this seismic line provide important constraints for modelling the geometry of this important boundary.


Fortescue Golf Club


79 Giles Ave,
Newman WA 6753,



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Fortescue Falls

10 Day North West Explorer (1999-2000 )

This 10 day Adventure from Perth to Broome, is full of fantastic scenery, excellent wildlife and great activities. The tour is a combination of our "West Coast Explorer" safari and "Karijini" safari, and combines the best of Western Australia's coastline with the spectacular Pilbara outback. The tour is fully accommodated (budget accommodation), with all meals supplied.

Day 8: Today we head for Karijini National Park. This area contains some of the World's oldest rock formations and is renowned for it's spectacular scenery. Once inside Karijini National Park, we travel to Oxer Lookout which is the junction of 4 spectacular gorges. We then descend into Weano Gorge and take the short trek through the bottom of the gorge to Handrail Pool. If time permits we will take a look at Knox Gorge and Joffre Falls Lookout. Moving on through the park we take another walk into Kalamina Gorge before heading for Fortescue Falls where we walk along the cliff tops to Circular Pool lookout, then take the steep descent into Dales Gorge. We then take the interesting trek from Circular Pool to Fortescue Falls, keep your eyes open for some Water monitors basking on rocks along the way. The pool at Fortescue Falls is perfect for cooling off after your walk before climbing the steps out of the gorge back to the vehicle at the top. These is time for a browse through the Aboriginal Centre in the park before taking one of only two breaks in the Ranges to get to the other side. (Overnight - Auski).


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17 Day West Coast Wildflowers & Kimberley (1997 )

Day 7 - (BLD) Pilbara Gorges Full day touring in the Hamersley Range. Visit Fortescue Falls, Wittenoom, Dale and Vampire Gorges each with their own rugged individuality. See wonderful waterfalls cascading from great heights and see the old Wittenoom mine works. Overnight: Millstream National Park campground.


9 Day Perth-Pilbara-Perth (1997-2000)



Day 7 - This morning we take a leisurely walk along the bottom of Kalamina Gorge, then head to Dales Gorge for a hike from the beautiful (and icy-cold) fern-fringed Circular Pool to the stunning Fortescue Falls. Mid-afternoon we depart Karijini to a camping park at Newman for the night.