Boat in a turquoise bay in remote North-West Australia
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Karratha may be well known for its iron ore operations and prolific mining industry; however, its vast and diverse natural treasures are what make it the perfect adventure playground.

As the gateway to the spectacular Dampier Archipelago and its abundance of marine life, historic Cossack and its unique past, the fishing paradise of Hearson’s Cove, and the lush Millstream Chichester National Park, Karratha is the ideal place to base yourself for an outdoor adventure.
Karratha isn’t just for outdoor enthusiasts. As the largest shopping hub in the Pilbara and with an abundance of dining options available, Karratha offers a taste of cosmopolitan life in Australia’s Northwest.

See the sights


Beyond the bustling streets of Karratha, you’ll find a landscape equally as stunning as it is steeped in culture. Discover the expansive Aboriginal rock art galleries of Murujuga National Park and heritage sites along the Yaburara Heritage Trail and learn about the fascinating history of the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi people.

Make your way toward the coastal outback town of Dampier, the gateway to the 42 islands of the Dampier Archipelago and discover the diverse marine wonderland. Whether it’s diving, boating, fishing or camping, there is something for everyone.

A stone’s throw away from Karratha will lead you to the pristine waters of Hearson’s Cove. Popular for swimming and snorkelling, Hearson’s Cove is also one of the few locations you can view the spectacular Staircase to the Moon phenomenon.

People swimming in a natural water pool, North-West Australia

Treat Your Tastebuds


Karratha is a foodie’s haven with an abundance of dining options to choose from. From trendy cafes to fine-dining restaurants, Karratha’s culinary scene caters to all tastes and budgets. Whether you’re in the mood for some good pub grub, Thai or modern Australian cuisine, there is something for everyone.

Relax on holiday


Whether you’d prefer to sleep in five stars or under a million stars, there’s accommodation to suit your needs.

Three off road vehicles parked by a river with a camping setup
Light vehicle travelling on a dirt road through remote North-West Australia

Local Tips

The Essentials

Best time of year to visit

Karratha offers warm weather all year, perfect for your outdoor adventure.


Karratha has a pleasant climate all year. The coastal winds can vary depending on time of year.

Recommended length of stay

A long weekend is perfect for a coastal break, however, if you plan to visit the Dampier Archipelago and Millstream Chichester National Park, we recommend a week to explore what Karratha and beyond has to offer.


All levels, and budgets from caravan parks to five-star hotels.


Karratha has its own airport with daily domestic and regional flights. Sealed coast and inland highways suitable for cars, 4WDs and caravans.

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