With a bustling city centre, Karratha's recent reinvention will surprise you with its hip restaurants and modern facilities, but best of all Karratha's location means it is surrounded by iconic natural attractions.
To get a feel for Karratha's layout climb Water Tank Hill Lookout above the Karratha Visitor Centre for panoramic views of the town and if you are feeling energetic, the 3.5km Yaburara Aboriginal Heritage Walk Trail takes you through the Karratha hills with some scenic lookouts along the way.
A twenty minute drive from Karratha will lead you to Deep Gorge on the Burrup Peninsula in Murujuga National Park where you can search out ancient Aboriginal rock engravings.
A further five minute drive form Deep Gorge and you can enjoy a sheltered swim, a glowing sunset and on certain dates be amazed by the Staircase to the Moon at the picturesque Hearson Cove.
A twenty minute drive form the city centre will see you swimming or fishing at Palm Beach in Dampier and don't forget to have your photograph taken with the Red Dog statue along the way.
As one of the largest tonnage shipping ports in Australia, Dampier houses export facilities for Pilbara Iron, Dampier Salt and the North West Gas Project where you can learn why the Pilbara is renowned for its rich resources.
A thirty minute drive from Karratha and you will arrive at Cleaverville. The mouth of the creek is ideal for fishing and its a popular spot for camping.
Other highlights of the surrounding area include Miaree Pool, perfect for picnics and a two hour drive will reward you with the oasis of Millstream-Chichester National Park.
Karratha is the perfect base to explore the natural beauty of ist surrounds.
How to get there:
Karratha is located 1535 kilometres north of Perth on the North West Coastal Highway. Accommodation options include dog friendly caravan parks, motel, hotel and self contained accommodation
Contact the Karratha Visitor Centre on 08 91444600 or KVCCounter@karrathavisitorcentre.com.au