Top things to do in the City of Karratha

Explore the Dampier Archipelago

The Dampier Archipelago is a coastal wonderland comprising 42 islands and islets off the coast of Dampier and Point Samson.

This coastal playground is renowned as one of Western Australia’s best diving and snorkelling sports and also offers world-class deep water, reef and inlet fishing – everyone from the experienced angler to the first-time dangler will be hooked on the Dampier Archipelago.

Please note, permits are required to access Sam’s Island and are available at the Karratha Visitor Centre. Call into the Karratha Visitors Centre to find out more about local tourism operators offering boat charter services to the Dampier Archipelago and Sam’s Island.

Top Things To Do

Visit the world’s biggest outdoor art gallery

The Burrup Peninsula, also known as Murujuga, has one of the largest collections of engraved rock art (also known as petroglyphs) in the world. As well as more than 20,000 engravings the Burrup Peninsula also contains a trove of other significant historic Aboriginal archaeological sites.

In July 2007 the Commonwealth Government moved to large parts of Burrup Peninsula and the Dampier Archipelago and included it on the National Heritage List.

Recently nearly half of the Burrup Peninsula was declared a National Park by the Western Australian Government – Murujuga National Park – is the 100th national park in Australia.

National Parks

Discover an outback playground of rugged Ranges, deep gorges, stunning waterfalls, clear plunge pools, and the world’s oldest Aboriginal Rock Art.

  • Karijini National Park
  • Millstream Chichester National Park
  • Murujuga National Park

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Montebello Islands

The Montebello Islands, with their natural land and seascapes, barrier and fringing coral reefs, wide variety of wildlife and rich maritime heritage, appeal to divers, snorkelers, fishers and sea kayakers.

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Yaburara Heritage Trail

The Yaburara Heritage Trail, named in memory of the Yaburara People who once inhabited the nearby Burrup Peninsula, is a 3.5km recreational walking trail in the Karratha hills.

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From the Outback to the Archipelago

Python Pool is a permanent freshwater plunge pool at the base of a cliff in the Chichester Range escarpment. This popular picnic and swimming spot has toilet and barbecue facilities and is located on the Roebourne/Wittenoom Road, 78km from the North West Coastal Highway turn-off, 28km east of Roebourne. Remember never dive into cloudy water!

Miaree Pool is located a few hundred metres east of the bridge on the North West Costal Highway, about 30km from Karratha. This pool is a lovely spot for a picnic, camping, swimming or just lying around under the wonderland of the trees that grow to the water’s edge. Please consider others and take your rubbish home!

Harding River Dam is an ideal destination for a day drive and picnic with free gas barbecues and shade gazebos, set amongst grassed areas on the edge of the downstream water course. The dam provides water for the local towns and offers several vantage points from which to take in the dramatic scenery of red Pilbara rocks contrasting starkly with the deep blue/green of the water. Toilets and running water are available

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North West Shelf Visitor Centre

Visit the impressive North West Shelf Visitor Centre to take in spectacular panoramic views of Australia’s biggest oil and gas development. Spend time wandering around the centre viewing models of the platforms and interesting, interactive displays. Sit down to enjoy an award winning movie that conveys the story of the gas project and its development. For more information call the North West Shelf Visitor Centre on 9158 8292.

Jarman Island Lighthouse

Jarman Island Lighthouse, located near Cossack, is among the Pilbara region’s most signifi cant historic landmarks.

Follow the footsteps of early settlers at Cossack

The Cossack self-drive day trip or guided tour follows the footsteps of the early settlers who came to WA’s Pilbara Coast in search of their fortune during the gold rush. The town boasts eight restored buildings and the cemetery, all of which have been listed by the National Trust.

While visiting Cossack, enjoy Settlers Beach, located just metres from the town, with its wide sandy shores it is an excellent location for swimming, fishing, diving and snorkelling. Aboriginal rock art can be seen on nearby cliffs, and the lookout offers 360 degree panoramic views.

Don’t have a boat? Don’t worry

The Pilbara Coast boasts some of the best fishing in Western Australia. Even if you don’t have a boat to explore the Dampier Archipelago there are a number of great fishing spots where you can throw a line in. Try Pope’s Nose and John’s Creek at Point Samson, or alternatively Karratha Back Beach and Dampier Boat Ramp are all ideal places for fishing.

Be inspired by local art

Check out the Karratha Visitor Centre Art Gallery for ‘pop-up’ exhibitions from some of the region’s most talented indigenous and non-indigenous artists.

You’re also invited to visit artists at work at two of the area’s best known Aboriginal art groups Roebourne Art Group (9182 1396) and Yinjaa-Barni Art Group (9182 1959). Hear the artists’ personal stories about country and culture that inspire their incredible creativity and craftsmanship.

Things to do in Karratha