Natural Wonders around Karratha
Explore the natural wonders of the Pilbara and Karratha region. The area boasts an array of wonders for you to explore. From hidden gorges and rock pools, to expansive beaches of your own, your visit to Karratha will be one to remember. Explore the gorges of Karijini National Park and Millstream Chichester National Park, learn about the cultural significance of the Aboriginal Rock Art in Murujuga National Park. Dampier Archipelago and the Montebello Islands offer a breather and unexpected scenery.
Where to find Natural Wonders
Karijini National Park
Karijini National Park is located in the Pilbara region, a five hour drive away from Karratha. Here you’ll discover an outback playground of natural wonders filled with rugged ranges, deep gorges, stunning waterfalls and clear plunge pools.
Staircase to the Moon
Staircase to the Moon is a spectacular natural phenomenon in the northern region of WA. On the West Pilbara Coast it can be experienced at Cossack Lookout and Hearson Cove, near Karratha.
Occurring on full moon dates, from March to November along the coast of northern WA, the Staircase to the Moon is a beautiful optical illusion. Only created when the full moon reflects on exposed mudflats at extremely low tide, it forms a magical staircase reaching up to the moon. Plan an evening complete with deck chair, wine and camera to view this spectacular event at beautiful Hearson Cove.
Millstream Chichester National Park
Millstream Chichester National Park is just a two hour drive south of Karratha and offers some of the best camping opportunities in the region. Covering an area of approximately 200,000 hectares around the Fortescue River – the heartland of the Yindjibarndi people – this lush oasis of deep gorges and palm fringed rock pools provides a stark contrast to the surrounding landscape of rocky escarpments and rolling spinifex covered hills.
The Dampier Archipelago in the Pilbara region of WA is a coastal wonderland comprising of 42 islands and islets off the coast of Dampier and Point Samson. These islands offer excellent opportunities for boating, fishing, snorkelling, camping and other recreational activities.
Murujuga National Park
It’s estimated that there are in excess of one million petroglyphs within the park itself. The rock art has deep meaning for the local Aboriginal people. The rock art itself is a record of the sea levels rising over time, depicting extinct land animals and then sea animals as the local Aboriginal population adapted to the changing land. The park’s extensive rock art and associated archaeological materials include shell middens, stone artifact scatters, quarries, stone arrangements, ceremonial and mythological sites, graves and petroglyphs.
The Montebello Islands, have an incredible natural land and seascape, barrier and fringing coral reefs, a wide variety of wildlife and rich maritime heritage. It’s the perfect trip offshore for diving, snorkelling, fishing and sea kayaking.