Fun things to do in Karratha this Winter

Stretch out on golden beaches, relax in an historic pub and marvel at some of the world’s most spectacular ancient landscapes. It only takes one long weekend to make it all a reality.  Situated on the unrivalled West Pilbara Coast, Karratha is a gateway to delightfully warm ‘winter’ attractions, unique events and memorable adventures. Want to make it extra memorable? Take an extra day or two (we recommend getting there on a Thursday) to do it properly. There are plenty of things to do in Karratha.

Aerial view of Mercedes Cove, Dampier Peninsula
Aerial view of Mercedes Cove, Dampier Peninsula

Relax on beautiful Karratha beaches

Dolphins at Mercedes Cove, Dampier Peninsula
Dolphins at Mercedes Cove, Dampier Peninsula

Soak in nature at its finest on Karratha’s coastal playground. Home to gorgeous beaches, and a short distance from the spectacular Dampier archipelago, Karratha opens the door to premium Western Australia beachgoing experiences. The cooler months are perfect for beachgoing here, with warm, comfortable temperatures to wrap yourself in. 

Just 15 to 20 minutes north of town, Hearson’s Cove is an easily accessible and sheltered cove on the Burrup Peninsula, perfect for year-round swimming and picnicking. East of Karratha, Honeymoon Cove is another beautiful place where you can dip a toe and explore fascinating red earth rock formations. 

Jump aboard a boat trip to the secluded beaches of the Dampier Archipelago and Montebello Islands – you’ll find tours from the Karratha Visitors Centre. You can also get out and about on one of the great diving, kiteboarding or stand-up paddleboarding tours available from Point Samon and Karratha.

Explore ancient Karratha wonders

Surrounded by spectacular national parks, Karratha is also close to some of the world’s oldest cultural attractions. Only 45 minutes north of town, the World Heritage-listed Murujuga National Park is home to dramatic valleys and outcrops as well as the densest concentration of rock art found anywhere in the world.

Take a Ngurrangga rock art tour and see the Pilbara through the eyes of a traditional owner. Learn about the ancient Jaburara people as you explore some of the region’s incredible indigenous art, which spans thousands of years. There are plenty of incredible tour themes and options to choose from.  

Eat and drink in Karratha

From traditional pub fare to international cuisine, Karratha serves a hearty dining experience for every traveller. Take a seat in the award-winning Blanche Bar and sip a cocktail infused with some of the region’s seasonal flavours. You’ll also find a great menu featuring pub classics with some international twists. 

Taste some family-inspired Italiano fare at the Fiorita Wine Bar and Restaurant. With a menu crafted from exceptional Western Australian produce, this venue serves pizzas and pastas as well as boutique meats and cheeses. Try one of the local beers, ciders or wines while you’re relaxing here.  

Take a Staircase to the Moon

The Staircase to the Moon phenomenon, which happens across Roebuck Bay, Broome
The Staircase to the Moon phenomenon, which happens across Roebuck Bay, Broome

Ready to take a step out of the ordinary? Experience the unforgettable Staircase to the Moon phenomenon, where the full moon shines on the surrounding flats to create a stunning celestial staircase illusion. This monthly occurrence can be seen from Hearson’s Cove, where the wide and expansive mud flats make it one of Pilbara’s best vantage points for the phenomenon. 

Where to stay in Karratha

Karratha offers accommodation options to suit different budgets and tastes. Only a few minutes from the town centre, and close to Hearson’s Cove, Comfort Inn & Suites Karratha is a charming and comfortable base. Located in the town, Econo Lodge Karratha is another great option with attractions, restaurants and shops close by.

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