Karratha is said to be the gateway to the beautiful Pilbara's but if you stop for a second and look around this Western Australian country town you will find many hidden treasures of its own. With annual events, weekend markets to browse through, perfect year round weather, shopping, dining treats galore and plenty of sights and delights to take in while you are holidaying in the area.
Karratha has long been known for its iron ore industry but in recent years it has developed into a modern and well serviced town that boasts the largest shopping mall in the North West as well as major airport that many airlines service daily. Take your pick from a variety of accommodation properties such as hotels, motels, resorts, apartments, backpacking hostels, farm stays and holiday homes that would be perfect for all types of vacations. Whether you are getting away with the family, friends, backpacking around, on a business trip or honeymoon, you can be sure that you will find the perfect home away from home.
Located three hours from Port Headland, Karratha is a great place to base yourself to not only see The Pilbara region but you can take it famous attractions such as Millstream and Karijini National Parks and a place where the world's most prolific Aboriginal rock engravings can be seen, Burrup Peninsula. You can even take a trip to magnificent islands Dampier Archipelago or the Hamersley Ranges where you can swim in rock pools, see cascading waterfalls and stunning landscape that will captivate you. Millstream National Park attracts over 20,000 visitors each year and offers beautiful places for a relaxing picnic, great walks and Python Pool which is easily accessible by road and has fresh water all year round for a great swimming hole.
Why not take the Jaburara Heritage Trail which take around three and a half hours in total and will take you up to the top of the ranges and provide breathtaking scenery all the way. Also see Aboriginal rock art, wildlife, flora and fauna as you walk the trail that is great for all fitness levels. You can either set out by yourself or chose to join one of the guided walks that leaves daily from Karratha with your own tour guide who will teach you all they know about the region and its treasures.
Karratha has much to offer every tourist, from ones who wish to get close to nature, ones that just want to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery that surrounds the town, backpackers looking for entertainment and families who want to let their kids experience a true outback experience. You can go fishing in the Dampier Archipelago or even do some swimming or diving if you want to, or perhaps you might like to see the massive salt mines, visit one of the fascinating museums of take a scenic flight over the area. From tours, charters, coach rides and more you can experience Karratha and all it has to offer however you wish. Then come the end of the day you can return home to your place of accommodation for a relaxing night in or you can boo yourself in one of the fabulous restaurants for a meal that you will never forget.
So start arranging your trip to Karratha for a holiday that will be filled with plenty of adventure, excitement and a little bit of R&R. You will be amazed at its beauty and the many activities and attractions that the town and its surrounding region holds for you!