Adventure around Karratha
The Pilbara region has an abundance of adventure based activities, suited for faint hearted or the adrenalin junkies. Karratha and it’s surrounds have a range of walking trails perfect for a morning hike, along with great mountain biking trails in the hills of Karratha.
Tour operators in the region offer a different perspective to the region from above with helicopter and plane charter flights deep into gorges.
Where to find Adventure
There is a 15km loop Mountain Bike track running behind the hills of Karratha and takes approx 1-3 hours.
The Burrup Mountain Bike Club offers bike hire to visitors wishing to try it out, and they also offer Dirt Masters – Mountain Biking Skills for Kids (3-12). These are practical sessions that teach kids of all ages and abilities the skills that make mountain biking so much fun. More details about the Club can be found here.
Yaburara Heritage Trail
The Yaburara (pronounced Yabara) Heritage Trail is a series of 4 walking trails that meander around the hills of Karratha between the Visitor Centre Tank Hill lookout and the Leisureplex carpark.
The name Yaburara comes from the Aboriginal tribal people who lived on the Burrup Peninsula, and were massacred along the sea, only 29 years after the first colonial arrivers.
Beginning at the Tank Hill end, you can take in a spectacular view of the whole developing Karratha township. The 4 trails can be done all together or separately and will see you directed to various points of interest, including Aboriginal Shell Middens, Petroglyphs and Engraving sites as well as various vegetative states.
Ngurin Bush Tucker Trail
The Ngurin Bush Tucker Trail is a 2 km self-guided walk around the Ieramargadu Pool on the Harding River (Ngurin) in Roebourne, which utilises some of the existing tracks and the old De Gray Street bridge to cross the Harding River at the southernmost end of the trail.
The layout of the trail was done in close liaison with the Ngarluma people, the traditional owners of the land. Ngarluma Elders David Walker, Violet Samson and Pansy Hicks provide insightful and valueable learnings along the Ngurin Bush Tucker Trail on featured explanatory signs depicting bush tucker, bush medicines and other artefacts which are used by Aboriginal people in their traditional way of life, as well as today.
Cossack Heritage Trail
The Cossack Heritage Trail is a 3km walk or drive around the town sites. The trail takes in the Tien Tsin lookout which provides a beautiful view across the Indian Ocean including Jarman Island, as well as the European and Asian Cemeteries and the Courthouse, which now houses the Cossack Museum.
There is also a school house, storehouse and other heavy arched stone buildings. This village is rich in history for those visiting the area and who love the desolate Pilbara region. Please be aware that water is not available in the township and should be bought in by visitors, especially during the warmer times of the year.
The Roebourne Heritage Trail
Roebourne Heritage Trail is a self guided walk or drive of approximately 5-13 kilometres which will see you visit some of the significant historical sites in the town of Roebourne. The town is the oldest town in the North West of Australia, gazetted in 1866. Yirramagardu is the traditional name for the town as held by the Ngarluma people. You can expect to see the old Victoria Hotel, the Holy Trinity Church as well as homesteads and the original Goal/Court facilities.
Hearson Cove, located on the Burrup Peninsula between Karratha and Dampier, is one of the many beautiful beaches in this region. Explore the tidal flats and you could encounter turtles, mud crabs, octopus and migrating seasonal bird life.
This lovely sheltered cove is a popular swimming and picnic spot all year round. It is also one of only a few locations where you can view the spectacular Staircase to the Moon event, which occurs from May through to October.
With a Helispirit tour you’ll be astonished at the picturesque views of the Dampier Archipelago and the stunning blue water when viewed from our helicopter. The contrast between the bright white beaches and the rugged Pilbara landscape is a breathtaking sight. Keep an eye out for turtles, manta rays, dugongs and a range of other marine life.
The Flying Sandgroper Tours
The Flying Sandgroper is a great way to experience the North West of Western Australia.
They are West Australian owned and operated and the best way to mix adventure, nature and culture in the most beautiful part of the WA Outback.
Discover Karijini National Park and the Pilbara’s mining operations with Lestok Tours. Based in Tom Price, Lestok Tours is a family owned and managed company that has been successfully operating in the Pilbara for 31 years.
Lestok guides have an unquestionable passion and enthusiasm for the region and love sharing this and their knowledge with travellers to the area.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
The Dampier Archipelago is a chain of 42 islands, islets, rocky headlands and coral reefs. Rocky outcrops leading down to white sandy beaches and turquoise waters.
Beaches are unique and pristine and easily accessible for all vehicles. The region has spectacular wildlife with a marine ecosystem on par with the Great Barrier and Ningaloo reefs, making our waters the perfect spot for Stand up Paddle Boarding.
Learn from a local and take a course with Cracker Jack Paddle Sports. Expect to see turtles, rays, fish and dolphins.