Aboriginal Australians have long believed the Pilbara region of Western Australia to be one of the world’s oldest places. And finally, research has confirmed this.

Stromatolites, the preserved evidence of the Earth’s oldest lifeforms, were discovered in the Pilbara rock so old that it has no fossils. They date back to about 3.6 billion years ago. The region’s huge iron-rich rock formations that scientists call the best-preserved example of the world’s most ancient crust existed before life itself. Despite its appearance as a semi-dry desert, the Pilbara has one of the world’s most magnificent national parks. Ancient valleys and sheer-sided depths lie beneath Karijini National Park, hiding beautiful waterfalls and crystal-clear ponds.

The Pilbara’s long history adds to its beauty. There are no crowds, fences, buildings, or other modern-day attractions; instead, you’ll find an ancient site guarded as the starting point of your journey.