Karratha is an Aboriginal word meaning “good country” or “soft earth” and is a coastal community in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. Although Karratha has always been regarded as a mining town, it also offers some very remarkable wonders begging to be discovered.
Karratha is one of the fastest growing towns in north WA and is known locally as ‘Munjaree’ – or the heart of the West Pilbara Coast. Due to its central location, it’s an ideal base to explore nearby national parks. Millstream-Chichester National Park, Karijini National Park and Dampier Archipelago are not far away, and there is also the Peninsula’s of Point Samson and the Burrup to visit. Head east for 350km and you will encounter Ningaloo Reef, where you can snorkel with whale sharks in an eco-friendly way.
So without further ado, Feet Do Travel share 4 tips for an awesome trip to Karratha, Western Australia.
‘Knowledge is power’ is an old proverb and before any trip, researching your destination will help significantly. Knowing the ins and outs of a specific place can help you visit hidden gems, help you experience more culture and discover any areas which are best avoided.
Australia is huge, so don’t underestimate how long it takes to travel between destinations. Make sure you research where you want to visit, if it is achievable in a day or whether you have to stay overnight. If you plan to go hiking at Karinjini National Park or somewhere else, always make sure you have plenty of water and the correct gear. You do not want to be stuck in the middle of Australia’s outback because you didn’t do your research.
If you are looking for a unique place to stay, the Karratha FIFO accommodation, is next to the beach, five minutes from Karratha’s City Centre and 20 minutes from the airport. They primarily offer accommodation for FIFO (fly-in-fly-out mining workers), and have over 1,300 rooms in their purpose built accommodation village which offers 2 swimming pools, a basketball court, tennis court, bar with pool table and much more for you to enjoy.
Going to Karratha isn’t just about enjoying the city’s sights and marvelling at natural wonders; it’s also about encountering new people and learning from them. Besides, some of the fun on any journey is meeting people along the way.
That being said, don’t hesitate to mingle with the locals as they could help boost your travel experience by showing you the best parts of Karratha. There is no replacement for local insight, and Australians are very friendly.
Always remember to engage with your fellow travellers as well. We always like to talk with other travellers as we may find out about places we didn’t know existed, or maybe team up with them to make travelling easier and cheaper. You never know where your brief interactions might lead you, so take advantage where you can, especially in places like Karratha.
With the help of technology, looking for information about Karratha’s nooks and crannies are just a few clicks away. For example, Karratha holds the Cossack Art awards each year in July and August which, for art lovers, would be well worth visiting. However, going back to the basics and having a travel guidebook on hand will still be useful, especially since you’ll be travelling somewhere new.
There are times when the internet may fail or be unavailable, leaving you hanging in the middle of nowhere. Therefore, travel guidebooks can play an important role in trip planning. One of the primary reasons they remain relevant is because they were written with the help of extensive research. Whether you’re looking for lodging, tours, restaurants, or price ranges, all of the information you need in Karratha will be right in your hands.
Many times on our travels we have gleaned information from our travel guidebook which we didn't find online, so never underestimate their importance in helping you to plan the best trip possible.
If you’re going to Australia to visit Karratha for just a few days or weeks, you’ll want to make the most of your time. As a result, it will be in your best interest to keep an open mind when looking for things to do in the area. Karratha is a beautiful place to explore, and having an open mind will allow you to experience things you never even imagined, like cycling along the Yaburara Heritage trail or taking a trip in a helicopter.
Living in the moment in this wonderful western Australian city will only enhance your enjoyment. Visiting one of Karratha’s 4 public libraries will help you relax and disconnect, whilst accessing a wealth of local historical and visual resources to further immerse yourself in the local culture.
The city of Karratha is a hidden treasure of Western Australia. It offers so many attractions that any traveller would be glad to see. This is why it’s important to maximize your experience, and follow the simple tips above to give you the most enjoyable time in Karratha!