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Karratha travel guide

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You're Going to Love Karratha

Situated over 1,000 miles north of Perth on the northwestern coast of Australia, Karratha may seem remote at first glance. But this bustling, thriving city offers a surprising mix of adventures and attractions - not to mention scorching sunshine almost all year round.

The city's prosperity is based around mining, but modern Karratha has moved on from mines and plants to offer much, much more. Now, visitors can get in touch with Australia's ancient roots, following trails and discovering fascinating rock art. The beaches are among the most undeveloped and beautiful on the continent, while if you want to get away from it all (but still be in the market for excellent seafood), there's no finer place to be.

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What to do in Karratha

When to Visit Karratha

The Aussie winter is actually the best time to visit (between May and August should be fine). The weather will be extremely warm and dry, while the Staircase to the Moon can only be seen between March and October.

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Where to Stay in Karratha

Karratha doesn't lack high-quality accommodation options, partly thanks to years of welcoming miners and executives. The Karratha International Hotel is always popular, with its large outdoor pool and central location. The Latitude20 Apartments offer a self-catering option close to the ocean, while the ibis Styles is central and modern, with comfortable rooms and a no-frills approach. The City of Karratha (aka the center) is a good area to stay in. Thanks to the Karratha City Shopping Centre, it's a great place to pick up essentials for hikes and days at the beach. Dampier, on the other side of the airport, is the gateway to an archipelago of uninhabited and unspoiled islands.

Where to stay in popular areas of Karratha

How to Get Around Karratha

The Cost of Living in Karratha


Karratha's shopping scene is centered around the Karratha City Shopping Centre, which is home to chains like Coles, Kmart, and fast food restaurants like KFC. It also houses a wide range of smaller independent stores, such as the fashion boutique Cool Change, so it should be a good place to hunt down some souvenirs.

Supermarkets and Food Stores

If you need to buy food, drink, and other essentials, it makes sense to head to Woolworths and Coles, both of which are located in the Karratha City Shopping Centre. Alternatively, you might choose to plan ahead and book a delivery of fresh produce from WA's orchards, courtesy of Fresco Produce. If you stick to supermarkets, expect a gallon of milk to cost around A$3.80 and a pound of apples to come to A$3.20.

Where to Eat in Karratha

For fish and chips fans, Banjo's Takeaways is a must-visit, although the Point Samson Tavern is a better sit-down option, with stunning views and plenty of seafood selections. Blanche Bar on Sharpe Avenue is another local favorite, offering a cosmopolitan range of seafood, meat dishes, and veggie treats, and Bollywood Lounge serves up accomplished Indian fare. Dining out isn't too expensive usually, with meals averaging around A$30-50.

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