DESTINATIONS - EVERY LITTLE TOWN HAS SOMETHING
The City of Karratha has been transformed in recent years, becoming one of Australia’s most liveable regional cities, set in a beautiful natural landscape.
Karratha’s location between Exmouth and Broome – makes it the ideal destination for exploring many of the Pilbara’s hidden treasures.
Karratha means ‘good country’ or ‘soft earth’ in the language of the Ngarluma People.
In a 20-minute drive you can explore the world’s largest and oldest collection of rock engravings, on the Burrup Peninsula. Murujuga National Park is home to a collection of more than one million petroglyphs, making it the highest concentration of rock carvings in the world, some dating to 40,000 years old.
The National Park was the 100th declared National Park in Western Australia and has been nominated for UNESCO World Heritage status.
The Dampier Archipelago is a chain of 42 islands with the richest concentration of marine biodiversity in WA. Islets that lie within a 45-kilometre radius of the town of Dampier, feature steep rock piles, mangroves and sandy beaches.
There are diving, boating, fishing and windsurfing water pursuits, as well as camping and walking tracks.
Rock oysters grow naturally in abundance on the Pilbara
coast and more than 100,000 juvenile oysters are currently being farmed at a site in in the Dampier Archipelago as part of a trial to determine if a $30 million commercial oyster industry is viable.
The acclaimed $56 million Red Earth Arts Precinct is not only a state-of-the-art arts and culture hub but an abstraction of the Pilbara, designed to mimic the surrounding landscape.
Just 50km from Karratha is the historic ghost town of Cossack, featuring some of the oldest buildings in WA. The abandoned town is now host one of the nation’s richest regional art prizes, the Cossack Art Awards, each year.
Video – Karratha is Calling