Home' Traveller : Scoop Traveller WA 021 Contents KARRATHA
ocated just 17km from
Dampier, this modern
town surrounded by
coolabah trees and
spinifex is an ideal centre to
explore the islands and inland.
First established for mining
accommodation, it’s now the
fastest-growing town in WA. But
there’s more to it than industry: its
friendly, country feel and warm
climate make it an inviting base for
visitors travelling vast distances.
Accommodation is expensive
“To Indigenous people, Karratha
means ‘good country’”
and is regularly booked out, so
plan ahead, particularly from
May to October. In summer, the
inland waterholes of Python Pool
(Millstream Chichester NP) and
Miaree Pool on the Maitland River
are packed with locals and visitors
enjoying a refreshing dip. Take
a day trip to nearby Cleaverville
Beach or Hearsons Cove to enjoy
lovely swimming beaches. In
summer, the weather is calm on
the water and it’s a good time to
get out onto the islands.
Fly | Home to the busiest regional airport in WA, there are regular flights
to and from Perth, and direct flights to Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney,
Darwin and Broome via Qantas, Virgin, Alliance and Air North.
Drive | 1550km from Perth via the North West Coastal Highway.
Boat/Cruise | There are various cruises servicing the Dampier
Archipelago, alternatively, hire a boat or take a fishing charter.
NOTE: There is no public transport in Karratha, but it is serviced by taxis.
Town Centre | Bordered by Dampier, Balmoral, Warambie and
Searipple roads, this has the biggest shopping centre in the
Pilbara, with plenty of stores and services. There’s a wide range of
accommodation from caravan parks to chalets, hotels and motels,
spread out through the region’s nine suburbs. There are plenty of
places to eat and drink, with authentic pubs, a range of restaurants,
a tavern and two nightclubs.
Sports | Play basketball or squash on the indoor courts at the
Entertainment Centre on Searipple Road, Bulgarra, or have a workout
in the gym upstairs. The nearby Bulgarra Oval is the main sporting
area, where there are regular footy matches. Just to the right of
Bulgarra is the swimming pool, which is in the centre of town.
Jaburara Heritage Trail
Learn the history of the region
and the culture of the Indigenous
people. The walk starts at the
tourist bay, winding up steep hills
to find rock carvings, middens
Visit surrounding towns
Dampier is a port town just 20km
to the west, where you can see
three different industries in action:
salt, iron ore and gas. It’s an attractive
town – palm trees line the foreshore,
which offers a view of the islands.
Head north and see the Old Gaol at
Roebourne, or visit the fascinating
ghost town of Cossack. This pearling
and port town with a checkered
history has been lovingly restored,
with a heritage trail and museum.
The Salt Shaker | Off Karratha Road, on the way into town, this overlooks the
city, the Burrup Peninsula and Dampier.
TV Hill | In Bulgarra, this offers a similar view, but closer to the town centre.
Karratha Visitor Centre).
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