Things to do in Karratha
Econo Lodge Karratha is located just a short drive to Karratha's shops, restaurants, golf course, leisure and aquatic centre, sporting fields, parks and panoramic lookouts. Further out, discover incredible national parks brimming with untouched beauty, heritage trails, Indigenous history and unspoilt beaches, gorges and waterfalls in this unique, 2.5 billion year old landscape.
Taking its name from the local Indigenous word meaning ‘good country’, Karratha is the youngest and fastest growing town in the Pilbara. Located 1,535 kilometres north of Perth on the North West Coastal Highway, it is situated right in the heart of the Central Pilbara Coast.
Karratha was established in 1960s due to the tremendous growth of the iron ore industry. Today, it is a busy, modern and well-serviced town and a great base for exploring Millstream-Chichester National Park, Karijini National Park and the 42 islands of the Dampier Archipelago.
Walk the Jaburara Heritage Trail and discover Indigenous rock engravings and artefacts. Head for Hearson’s Cove for a swim and catch the ‘Stairway to the Moon’ from May to October. Or take a picnic to Miaree Pool and go for a refreshing dip.
The Pilbara region in Western Australia has some of the world’s most ancient natural landscapes, dating back two billion years and stretching over 400,000 square kilometres.
Deep rocky canyons lead to peaceful plunge pools in the beautiful Karijini National Park. Hundreds of islands with dazzling white beaches and untouched coral gardens are yours to explore on the Dampier Archipelago and Mackerel Islands. And yet the Pilbara is also known as the engine room of Australia - home to a massive mining industry in crude oil, salt, natural gas and iron ore.
Taking its name from one of WA’s early pastoral stations, from which the land was resumed, Karratha is an Aboriginal word meaning “good country” or “soft earth”. For many centuries, the region has been home to Aboriginal communities, and the nearby Burrup Peninsula features the world’s most prolific Aboriginal rock engraving sites, with over 10,000 identified examples. Please be aware that these are sacred sites, some of which are not open to the public. Contact the Karratha Visitor Centre for information about visiting local Aboriginal rock art sites. Visit Australia's North West for more information and travel inspiration.
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Karratha is a small town that connects the vast desert terrain of WA's north-west with its rich coastal waters. This makes for an ideal home base for any adventurer wanting to experience what this region has to offer. Whilst mining in the Pilbara Region is a major contributor to the prosperity of not only the region but the entire state, there are many rewards that await the tourist who really wants to make the most of their stay in Karratha.
These spectacular attractions are just some of many within the region. Econo Lodge Karratha invites you to experience your holiday in Karratha with us, and discover the real Australia.
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