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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Mt Herbert, Millstream Chichester National Park – Winter Season

Having the pleasure of a free Sunday, we happily took the opportunity to visit Millstream Chichester National Park for a hike and swim. This West Australian National Park is a achievable day trip or weekend stay from Karratha. Leaving the Pilbara town, very quickly the landscape transits to arid plains stretched to the horizon and random rocky peaked hills dissected by Rio Tinto's Iron Ore train line. In any one drive it's not uncommon to spot ...

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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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We hit the MTB trails in the Pilbara

I think most mountain bikers would agree, riding is a wee bit addictive and in Western Australia there is ample opportunity to ride through some contrasting landscapes with endless options when it comes to the style of riding. In the North West of Western Australia, the Pilbara region has a fairly active network of mountain bike trails and crew. I'm excited to share with you, a ride in the Pilbara! Saturday morning waking up ...

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Deep Gorge, Burrup Peninsula – Summer Season

Setting out from the town of Karratha, we embark on a short drive towards Dampier en-route to the Burrup Peninsula where Western Australia's 100th national park is located. Murujuga National Park was created a couple of years ago under a unique partnership between the government and traditional custodians -  Ngarluma-Yindjibarndi, the Yaburara-Mardudhunera and the Woon-goo-tt-oo. Just before Hearson's Cove, we take an unsealed road to an area that the ladies at the Karratha visitor centre ...

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