Karratha, Western Australia

Karratha is a thriving city located on Western Australia’s Pilbara coastline, in between Dampier and Point Samson.  Its location makes it the ideal base to pull up and explore everything that the Pilbarra region has to offer.

How to get to Karratha?

Karratha is located 1,517kms north of Perth in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.  To drive here you looking at at least 16hrs of non-stop driving and with breaks etc you want to allow at least two days with a stopover on the way up.

You can also fly to Karratha with flights running directly from Perth a couple of times a week.  Flying up there will take you around 2hrs.

What to do at Karratha?

Being one of the main towns in the Pilbara region, Karratha offers visitors and locals in the area lots of things to do, especially if you love the outdoors!

Go Fishing

Due to it’s remote location, Karratha offers some awesome fishing opportunities.  If you’re land-based fishing then there are numerous spots to explore along the coastline or if you’re fortunate to have brought a boat with you, then you won’t be disappointed as Karratha and the surrounding coastline offers some epic offshore fishing.

Explore the Dampier Archipelago

Dampier Archipelago in Karratha Western Australia
The colours of the Dampier Archipelago are simply amazing!

Not fair from Karratha is the Dampier Archipelago which is a group of 42 pristine islands located off the coast of Dampier and up around the Burrup Peninsula.  Teeming with marine life, there are many activities to do on and around these islands, including snorkeling, swimming, diving, and fishing.

Check out our Dampier Archipelago Islands page for more info.

Staircase to the Moon

Not too far from Karratha is a place called Cossack with has the perfect viewing platform to witness a spectacular natural phenomenon called the “Staircase to the Moon”.  This only happens when the conditions align and you have a full moon rising up on an extremely low tide by where the moonlight reflects off the mudflats causing an optical illusion of stairs rising to the moon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a collection of answers to questions that are frequently asked about Karratha:

When is the best time to visit?

The best time to visit Karratha is from April to October as it’s during these winter months that you experience ideal temperatures of 25oC to 30oC.  This is also the time when the winds are less making the climate more pleasant than during the summer months.

Can you swim at Karratha?

Yes, there are a number of beaches that you can swim at along the coast of Karratha.  Some popular choices include King Bay and Whitnell.  In addition to this, there are also some nice freshwater swimming holes located inland.

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