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STAY Karratha and Port Hedland have accommodation options from
motel and hotel, to holiday park, caravan park, self-contained and hostel.
At Karijini National Park, you can pitch a tent at Dales Campground
(first in, first served). Alternatively, Karijini Eco Retreat offers campsites,
eco tents with ensuites, dorm-style eco tents, and cabins.
Camp sites are available at Millstream Chichester National Park. Peak
season is mid-April to early October.
Eighty Mile Beach caravan park has 150 powered and unpowered sites,
plus cabins, a mini-mart and fresh water on tap. No bookings necessary.
The Pilbara is also home to luxury lodges and station stays, including
the working station of Cheela Plains, which is the perfect overnight stop
en route from Karijini to Carnarvon, with a space for camping.
You’ll find a wide range of accommodation in Point Samson, from
resorts, chalets and boutique bed and breakfasts to modern caravan
parks and holiday homes – all on the beautiful Indian Ocean. Take
a stroll at sunset or sunrise along the beach at Honeymoon Cove, or
have a picnic or barbecue on the grass as the sun sets over the water.
Drop in on
“Cossack Heritage Town was
originally established as the North
West’s main shipping port, and
named Tien Tsin, after the boat
that carried the first settlers to the
region in 1863. It’s now a ghost town.
Walking through the beautiful old
buildings and reading about the
people who lived there really connects
you to Cossack’s history.”
“I like to walk on the sand flats of
Hearson’s Cove at low tide. There are
pools of water among the outcrops
of reef, full of underwater wildlife,
including 123 different species
of coral, as well as octopus and
mud crabs. It’s all set against the
background of red rock and earth,
blue skies and spectacular sunsets.”
De Witt Road,
(08) 9144 4600
Z Qantas, Virgin and Airnorth
fly from Perth to Karratha,
Port Hedland, Paraburdoo,
Z The Pilbara is a 1481km drive
from Perth. Take either the
North West Coastal Highway or
the Great Northern Highway.
For three weeks in winter,
the ghost town of Cossack
comes alive with some of the
country’s most exciting artworks,
displayed in its heritage-listed
buildings. During this time,
the town is open to visitors daily
from 10am to 3pm. Jul-Aug.
Join in the fun at the FeNaCING
Festival, held on Bulgarra
Oval in Karratha. The Lions
Club, puts on arts-and-crafts
stalls, food markets, rides, live
entertainment, and sporting
Get an look at the exciting local
art scene at the iconic Courthouse
Gallery in Port Hedland. Aug-Oct.
If purchasing local arts and crafts
is more your thing, head to the
gallery gardens for the morning
Attracting talent from right across
the country, REAF showcases art
in all its many forms, with a mix
of free and ticketed experiences
across Karratha over ten days. Sep.
EAT AND DRINK
If you enjoy catching your own fish off
the coast, and cooking over a barbie
or gas stove, the Pilbara is ideal for
you. Point Samson is the place for reef
fishing – if you don’t catch anything,
the town is famous for its fish ’n’ chips
and delicious fresh seafood. You might
give in to roadhouse food or hungry
miners’ takeaway now and then, but
when you’re in the outback, you really
must give some traditional bush
tucker a try, especially if you are on an
Indigenous tour or cultural experience.
At Karijini Eco Retreat, you can enjoy
freshly grilled barramundi or kangaroo
after a long day hiking the trails.
“You can’t miss the Dampier
Archipelago: 42 islands of
untouched natural wilderness
and secluded beaches, perfect
for day trips or your next
camping adventure. Home to
a large and diverse number of
marine species, 25 of the islands
are protected as part of the
Dampier Archipelago Marine
Park, making them some of
Western Australia’s best diving
and snorkelling spots.”
For a Pilbara feed, you can’t
go past the barramundi.
The Dampier Archipelago.
Karijini National Park
(photography David Kirkland).
Karijini Eco Retreat
(photography Ho-jong Yu).
Kalgan Pool, by Peter Usher.
Rosie, by Joshua Cocking.
Emu Seeds, by Marlene Harold.
Through My Eyes of Shame, by
Stop, by Lori Pensini.
The Way Back, by Leslie Munro.
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