Waterfall Trail, Karratha

Karratha in Western Australia generally receives rainfall during the summer season and on one particular hot morning, the town was hammered by heavy rainfall whilst we were having coffee in town at Fiorita Deli. Awesome long black coffee by the way.  We sat by the window talking loudly over the noise and watching over a short period of half an hour, the water level rise on the street and overflowing ...

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Hiking a 4WD track outside Karratha

In the vicinity of Karratha there seems to be many more four wheel drive (4WD) tracks than hiking trails, understandably so when taking into consideration the vast distances between locations in the Northwest of Western Australia, as well as, a lengthy summer that prevents most hiking activities. With Murujuga National Park within close proximity we made some vague plans to hike a not too long 4WD track from Hearson's Cove through the park ...

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Ladies Day at the (MTB) Races – Karratha

Friday night we prepare the mountain bikes and backpacks, I spend a little bit of time cutting some KMART fake flowers for a fascinator that will hopefully be easy to fix onto the helmet. Race 7 for the Burrup Mountain Club is one like no other, actually all rounds so far have been like no other with a touch of Pilbara uniqueness.  This one though, is ladies day at the races, incorporating a ...

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Karratha Winter Season – What to do!

Karratha's unsung surroundings offers a chance to discover the sprawling Pilbara region with all the modern conveniences close by. A town developed on the back of a strong resources industry, some 1,550kms north of Perth, might not be the regular tourism destination, however the town does present an opportunity to venture to less journeyed places where you might find yourself with a slice of the Pilbara all to yourself.  I'm sharing with you all, in this ...

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Yara Dr Baynton’s 6 hour Remedy Race – Karratha

A mountain bike race to cure all ailments known to man including sleeplessness, anxiety and mountain bike withdrawal symptoms. Sounds like a bit of fun to me, I thought weeks prior, as I filled out the race form for Yara's Dr Baynton's 6 hour race in Karratha, a Pilbara town in the northwest of Western Australia with an enthusiastic local community of mtbers. While the thought of six hours of trail cycling ...

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Moving to a new town, in regional WA

As the week draws to an end it's also an important milestone for us, being six months living in the Pilbara.  A first adventure. A defining experience and I share some thoughts in this post about uprooting and venturing into the temporary space of unknown. It hasn't exactly been all peaches and cream and while the chaos of pulling together a bold move in a matter of weeks is now a distant ...

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Joffre Gorge, Karijini National Park

Karijini National Park would have to be the most remote national park we've visited thus far,  627,422 hectares of landscape in the semi arid Pilbara region. From one gorge to the next, we spend the good part of one afternoon scrambling down and up rocks and swimming in a cold pool at Joffre Gorge. From Dales campground we take a sealed road to the Joffre lookout car park where we'll be able to follow a marked ...

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Sunset walk and dip in Fern Pool, Karijini National Park

Let me begin this post by setting a scene that entails a morning of exploring the outback followed by lunch back at the campsite and a lazy afternoon. Warmth is in the dry air as the sun begins to set over the spinifex covered landscape and there's one last opportunity to cool off before the dark starry night emerges. On balmy hot evenings, if we were in Perth we would head to the ...

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Dales Gorge Walk, Karijini National Park

Following an impressive hike of Mount Bruce, second tallest peak in Western Australia, the following day was spent down in the gorges in Karijini National Park, the second largest national park in Western Australia.  Unmarked by industry and a horizon of ancient landscape made up of stunning colours, we consider Karijini to be a special escape because you will definitely connect with the wonders of nature. Treating ourselves to a sleep in, our morning ...

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Hiking Mount Bruce in Karijini National Park

Mount Bruce is located in the Pilbara region within Karijini National Park. Being Western Australia's second tallest peak, our walk is set to be an adventurous and challenging one as we scale to 1,234 metres above sea level. The trail is classified into 3 categories beginning with Class 2, then into 3 before the serious climb along class 5 to the top. Essentially to reach the summit, hikers will complete all of the classes ...

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