Location Spotlight: The Pilbara, WA

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Have you heard of The Pilbara? It’s a hidden gem in Western Australia, home to stunning natural wonders like Karijini and Millstream Chichester National Park!

If you ask us when the best time to pick up a agency nursing contract in the Pilbara, we would say “whenever!” (just be careful of the summer heat). From the charming red dirt to dazzling coastlines, there’s always so much to explore for travel nurses and midwives.

Karijini National Park

Who says time travel is not possible? At this unique and magnificent destination, you can witness ancient gorges and some of the oldest rocks on earth that have existed for over 350 million years. The Banjima, Innawongka, and Eastern Guruma people are the traditional owners of Karijini National Park.

Take your time to do a 3-day trip and camp under the Milky Way. There is no better way to soak up the breathtaking views than hiking through the bush and seeing how water and wind erosion have shaped this ancient land over two billion years.

You can also feast your eyes on the stunning beauty of rock formations and water in Karijini – with a full spectrum of colour from orange-red to deep blue-purple to jade green.

Don’t forget to take a dip in the crystal-clear waterholes and beautiful waterfalls embedded in slot canyons, like the amazing spa pool! Affinity RN Melinda has captured the perfect shot of this spot while on contract in WA.

Also, remember to bring some warm clothes for chilly nights!

Millstream Chichester National Park

If you love to explore through camping, then Millstream is a must-stop! Nestled in dusty red plains, this oasis is a camping lover’s dream come true.

Apart from the amazing landscape, this place is also steeped in history. The Yindjibarndi people are the traditional land owners of Millstream Chichester National Park. Take time to explore on your own, or join a guided tour with the Aboriginal people to learn about their ancestral wisdom.

The permanent source of water supports lush greenery and attracts an array of colourful birds. Imagine waking up to a chorus of chirping birds and basking in the calmness of this wetland. It’s also perfect to jump in the crystal clear waters or paddle through it in a kayak for an adventure.

If you pick up a agency nursing or midwifery contract here in spring, get ready for the massive, vibrant, colourful carpets of flowers – Pilbara is where the wildflower season first starts!

And here’s the cherry on top: it’s crocodile-free! So set up your tent and relax, knowing you’re safe from croc jaws.


Looking for a place that has it all? Look no further than Karratha! It’s the ultimate hub for exploring the natural wonders of this area.

Whether you’re craving a day trip to catch some cool sea breezes, or an amazing trip through the red plains, this place has got you covered. And don’t forget the famous Ningaloo Reef is just a few hours’ drive away!

Experience one of the most awe-inspiring natural events in Karratha for free! The Staircase to the Moon is an exclusive phenomenon that only occurs on full moon nights between March and November. Pull up a chair, and enjoy the peaceful moments as the moon slowly rises and shines on the exposed mudflats, creating an illusion of stairs.

Fun fact: Did you know the film Red Dog was filmed in this area? You can even snap a selfie with the Red Dog statue (also known as Bluey) by following the signposted trail around Dampier, a town just 20km away from Karratha!

Mackerel Islands

Located on the mid-coast of Western Australia, The Mackerel Islands are easily accessible from Onslow, just a 45-minute ferry ride away. This untouched paradise allows our agency nurses and midwives to immerse themselves in a vibrant underwater world, and is perfect for a mini holiday to wind down after a busy shift.

Fringed by coral reefs, this island offers endless opportunities to swim, snorkel and dive among the most colourful corals and sea life. Keep your eyes peeled for sea turtles hauling themselves up the beach to lay eggs, or watch dolphins and whales leaping out of the water. This is peak relaxation and a truly wild experience.

Ready for some great catches, fishing enthusiasts? Surrounded by coral reefs and with an abundance of fish species, the Mackerel islands are your next dream fishing ground. Whether you’re after quality reef fish like a red emperor or coral trout, or if you’re feeling adventurous enough to go for pelagic fish like Spanish mackerels, you will not be disappointed.

From boat fishing to beach fishing and flying fishing, whatever your style is, there’s always a perfect spot for you.

From the rugged coastline to the stunning outback, there’s no shortage of amazing destinations to explore. Join Affinity to experience it all!

With a variety of nursing and midwifery roles available across different locations, you’ll have the flexibility to choose when and where you want to work!

If you’re ready to pack your bags and hit the road, register with Affinity today!

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