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Visitor Centre:
Karratha Visitor Centre
Lot 4548 De Witt Road
Phone: 08 9144 4600
Fax: 08 9144 4620
Originally established in the late 1960s, to serve the requirements of major local industrial projects, such as Hamersley Iron, Dampier Salt and later, Woodside’s North West Shelf Venture, Karratha derives its name from an aboriginal word, meaning ‘good country’.

Offering most of the shopping and creature comforts of the city, Karratha is the largest town in the region, being the administrative centre for the Shire of Roebourne and local headquarters for many federal and state government departments.
These features make Karratha an ideal base when exploring the Central Pilbara Coast and nearby inland gorge country, including the delights of Millstream-Chichester National Park and Karijini National Park.
Millstream – Chichester National Park
National park passes available at the visitor centre. Millstream-Chichester National Park is a landscape of rolling spinifex hills, spectacular escarpments and winding tree-lined watercourses. In contrast, there is the lush oasis of the Millstream wetlands.
The water that feeds the Millstream oasis springs from an aquifer, or natural underground reserve contained in porous dolomite rock. It is fed by the Fortescue River catchment, which includes run-off from the Hamersley Range.
Marine life is abundant along the North West Coast and provides excellent fishing.
Good game fishing is to be experienced in the Dampier Archipelago. Sailfish are caught in large numbers, mainly between July and October.
Hearson’s Cove
This lovely sheltered cove is a popular swimming and picnic spot. Located on the Burrup Peninsula between Karratha and Dampier, it is a good location to see the ‘Stairway to the Moon’, seen during a full moon from May to October.
Deep Gorge
The most prolific Aboriginal art site in the world.
Jaburara Heritage Trail
A 3.5km walk highlighting the Karratha district’s natural history and cultural heritage in particular its traditional inhabitants the Jaburara Aboriginal Tribe.
Karratha is the centre of the land of the Jaburara Aboriginal Tribe. The Aboriginal sites on this trail indicate a permanent or seasonal habitation. They include engravings (petroglyphs), stone quarries, artefacts scatters, Talu site, a shell midden and a grinding area.
Pilbara Iron Access Road
A permit is required for travel along the private Pilbara Iron Access Road, between Karratha and Tom Price. Permits are available from the Karratha Visitor Centre.
This road is the most direct route from Karratha to Tom Price via Millstream and the Karijini National Park.
Other Places To Visit
• Cleaverville Beach - 26kms along the coast, access is via a gravel track. A favourite camping spot.
Murujuga National Park
Murujuga became WA’s 100th national park in 2013. The park and the Burrup Peninsular are considered to host the largest concentration of ancient rock art in the world, dating back more than 30,000 years. The park is jointly managed by the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation and Parks and Wildlife. Along with the Dampier Archipelago, it lies within a National Heritage Place. For tour information contact the Karratha Visitor Centre.
Eating out is easy with a comprehensive selection of eating establishments. There are licensed fine dining restaurants, taverns and bistros for more casual eating, fresh seafood restaurants and a selection of fast food outlets supplying pizza, fish and chips, burgers, etc. Some accommodation houses incorporate their own in-house restaurant and eating facilities. Further details are available at the Karratha Visitor Centre.