Karratha attractions things to do & see on holiday.
Located next to the port of Dampier in the Pilbara region, Karratha was originally developed to accommodate the Hamersley Iron mine and continued to flourish with the arrival of the North West Shelf Venture. Though it is still a town very much driven by its natural resources, Karratha has grown well beyond its roots as a worker's outpost; travellers will discover an ever-expending social hub, abundant marine life and rugged outback surrounds, waiting to be explored. DISCOVER AUSTRALIA's wide range of special discounts will make your Karratha holiday surprisingly affordable.
Karratha's quaint town centre offers a surprising selection of activities, shopping and dining that the whole family can enjoy; take in a show at the Walkerton Theatre; take a dip in the pool or have a meal at Karratha International Hotel; shop in Karratha Village or enjoy some live entertainment at one of the local pubs; if you are in town during August, major industrial companies sponsor one of the largest festivals in the North West called the FeNaClNG Festival, derived from Fe (iron), NaCl (salt) and NG (natural gas). Close to town you can watch sunsets from the top of TV Hill lookout or head to the beach for a BBQ, swimming and kayaking; venture further afield to the historical village of Cossack, Jaburara Heritage Trail and Burrup Peninsula where you can view the largest collection of Aboriginal rock carvings in Australia. Take a boat out to the Dampier Archipelago and enjoy the 42 islands and islets that are perfect for swimming, snorkelling, boating, and fishing. If you arrive after the rain has come to Karratha you will be able to enjoy the inland, croc-free, Murray Pools for swimming and jumping from rope swings into the lagoon.
Choose something a little off the beaten track for your next WA holiday, and take advantage of the exclusive rates available with DISCOVER AUSTRALIA'S Karratha Holiday Packages, bookable online. The capital of the Pilbara region, this frontier town boasts a thriving nightlife, amazing fresh seafood and proximity to some of WA's most beautiful national parks, all of which are yours to discover when you secure a hassle-free, package vacation.
If you and your family are craving wide open spaces and untouched natural scenery, book a Karratha Budget Package and enjoy an outdoorsy holiday in the breathtakingly beautiful and strangely alien landscape of the Pilbara region. Just west of Karratha, the Dampier Archipelago is made up of 42 pristine islands, which boast secluded sandy coves and a rich marine population. Spend hours exploring these peaceful islands, and feel like you are the only people on Earth as you walk upon the sand of deserted beaches. By booking a DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Budget Package, you save money on both flights and accommodation, so you can afford to take a longer break, and really enjoy your getaway. Add a 4WD booking to your holiday package and take a few days to explore the amazing Karijini and Millstream National Parks. Reconnect with nature and each other by discovering ancient gorges, deep freshwater lagoons and mysterious cities of huge termite mounds during the day, and sleeping under the stars at night.
Well before European settlement, Aboriginal people had occupied the land of the Pilbara for thousands of years, and evidence of this ancient culture can be found nearby. History buffs can book a Karratha Holiday Package with central accommodation, and head out to the Burrup Peninsula, which is home to an incredible collection of ancient rock art- estimated to be the largest in the world. These astonishing artefacts can be viewed in their environment, and are not to be missed during your north-west holiday. For history a little closer to home, drive to the neighbour town of Dampier and visit the Red Dog memorial. This bronze statue honours a famous local dog who 'hitchhiked' all over WA during the 1970's, and is firmly entrenched in the hearts and histories of the local people.
No fisherman worth his salt would deny that the north-west of Australia has some of the best fishing in Australia; fish caught here tend to be of gigantic proportions, and the sheer breadth of the WA coastline means that the waters are never crowded. For a hassle-free fishing trip, browse online and check out DISCOVER AUSTRALIA's range of Karratha Fishing Packages. These packages combine the best live rates on both flights and accommodation, and can be secured in one single booking. Whether you plan to befriend a boat-owning local or join in one of the many popular fishing charters, the bountiful waters of the Pilbara are sure to satisfy you, and if you have chosen a package with self-contained accommodation, you can even enjoy feasting upon your fresh catches.
Karratha's mining industry has a large youthful workforce, so if you and your friends are planning a north-west holiday to visit a mate, take advantage of the extra package discount and exclusive rates on flights and accommodation with a Karratha Holiday Package. Check into your central accommodation, and enjoy a fun reunion at one of Karratha's restaurants and casual eateries, before heading out for the night to enjoy a few drinks at the pub. For something different, make a night of it at the Tambrey centre- the large swimming pool is a welcome respite from the famously hot Pilbara weather. Make the most of your getaway and head north-west to the sleepy coastal town of Point Samson. The fish and chips at Moby's Kitchen is worth the drive alone, but the picture-perfect Honeymoon Cove will really seal the deal.
Whatever your reason for visiting Karratha, you can rest assured that DISCOVER AUSTRALIA has the best deal for you, by combining exclusive rates on both flights and accommodation. Take the stress out of holiday planning, and let the Pilbara region of Western Australia amaze you with its beautiful ancient landscapes, friendly population and many natural and man-made attractions.