Karratha in the Pilbara

Karratha, Pilbara

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

Further information:
Contact the Karratha Visitor Centre on 08 91444600 or KVCCounter@karrathavisitorcentre.com.au

Helispirit Dampier Archipelago

Experience spectacular aerial views of the Dampier Archipelago islands and impressive Pilbara mining industry with a thrilling helicopter flight. Fly low along stunning white beaches and witness an abundance of marine life. Flights start from $195 pp. More information and bookings.

Ngurrangga Tours - Millstream
Ngurrangga Tours
Take a guided tour with Clinton through Murujuga National Park, which has the highest concentration of rock art in the world.  Explore Millstream-Chichester National Park and learn the traditional stories of how the Warlu (Serpent) created this stunning landscape.More information and bookings.

Fying Sandgroper
The Flying Sandgroper

North west touring adventure and fun! There’s just so much to see and do. The Flying Sandgroper tours are designed for the active adventurous adult. More information and bookings.

Lestock Tours
Lestok Tours

Departing daily from the nearby township of Tom Price, Lestok Tours offer a full day Karijini National Park tour & a 1.5 hour Rio Tinto Iron Ore Mine tour, one of the largest open cut mines in the world. More information and bookings.

Discovery Park - Karratha

Discovery Park - Pilbara Karratha
Explore the endless delights of Karratha and know the comfort of our holiday park isn't too far away. Choose from cabins or powered sites while the kids are kept entertained in our pool, playground and pedal karts. More information and bookings.

Econo Lodge Karratha
Econo Lodge Karratha
The 3 star Econo Lodge Karratha conveniently situated minutes to the Karratha town centre. The motel offers relaxing, clean and comfortable accommodation set amongst lush green gardens, just a short drive to Karratha's shops, restaurants, golf course, parks and panoramic lookouts.More information and bookings.

Whim Creek Hotel

Whim Creek Hotel
A Pilbara icon for 130 Years, the Whim Creek Hotel is a great place to stop for lunch or stay for weeks.  Enjoy award-winning food and traditional hospitality.  Situated between Karratha and Port Hedland - the heart of the Pilbara. More information and bookings.

Discovery Park Balmoral Karratha Discovery Park - Balmoral Karratha
Experience Karratha's raw and natural beauty all a short distance from your powered site at Discovery Parks - Balmoral. Guests can enjoy onsite amenities, outdoor pool and pedal karts for the kids.More information and bookings.

  Integrity Coach Lines
Integrity Coach Lines is Western Australia's premier transport provider from Perth to Broome and everywhere in between. WA is the largest state in Australia and we can take you to the best destinations on offer on our reliable and affordable service. More information and bookings.

Discovery Cruises
Discovery Cruising
Offering tours to Dampier's Archipelago islands for diving, swimming, beach combing & significant sites. Let Skipper Brad give you a memorable day aboard 'Blue Marlin' More information and bookings.

The Ranges Karratha
The Ranges Karratha

Offering fullly self-contained luxury one bedroom apartments with king bed with ensuite bathroom, large screen TV and separate kitchen/meals area, Free WiFi & Foxtel. More information and bookings.

Ibis Style Karratha
Ibis Styles Karratha
Just a short stroll from town, this friendly hotel has comfortable rooms, a pool, BBQ area, bottle shop and a bistro providing pleasant al fresco dining. More information and bookings.

Casey Australia Tours
Casey Australia Tours

Offering you comfort and safety in our luxury coaches. Discover the gorges of Karijini National Park. All tours are run by our friendly staff who will ensure you are happy with Casey's service. More information and bookings.

Department of Parks adn Wildlife
Department of Parks and Wildlife

The expansive Karijini National Park offers spectacular rugged scenery, ancient geological formations, a variety of arid-land ecosystems and a range of recreational experiences. More information.


North West Shelf Visitor Centre
North West Shelf Visitor Centre

Includes interactive displays that invite you to look, touch, feel and listen as you learn. Overlooking the Karratha Gas Plant, the visitors centre is situated on the Burrup Peninsula Road about 20km from Karratha.  More information.

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