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What is the history of Karratha?
In its early days, Karratha was originally settled as mining and factory town. The area was the ancestral home of the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi people, and the name ‘Karratha’ is roughly translatable as meaning ‘good country’ or ‘soft earth’ in the local language. Travellers can learn more about Karratha’s cultural heritage, and see ancient rock art, when visiting on tickets to Karratha. The mining industry is still prominent in Karratha, however the town has developed to become a modern city. It has a mix of attractions for outdoor and adventure junkies, and there are beautiful remote beaches for those seeking sun, sand and surf.
When is the best time to visit Karratha?
The best time to visit Karratha is usually between the cooler months. From May to August, the temperatures dip (although it's still warm) and there's reduced chance of rain. If you're planning to use your flights to Karratha for hiking and other outdoor activities, the winter months are a good time to visit. However, if you want to see the famous Staircase to the Moon, you’ll need to book your return flights to Karratha for travel on full moon dates between March and October..
What is the best way to get around Karratha?
The cheapest way to get around Karratha is with the TransKarratha bus. You'll need to buy a SmartRider card when your flights to Karratha land and top it up with credits as you spent time in the city. Prices start at $3 AUD ($3.10 NZD).
If you want to get around faster, flag down one of the metered cabs. The rates usually start at $4.20 AUD ($4.33 NZD) and $3 AUD ($3.10 NZD) per kilometre. You will find taxis at Karratha Airport (KTA), and a one-way trip averages about $45 AUD ($46.43 NZD).
Hiring a car can be a convenient way to get around when you’re looking to explore with your tickets to Karratha. You'll have more freedom to visit nearby attractions and go on day trips. Add car hire at the Webjet check out when you buy an airfare to Karratha, or you can choose from what is available at Karratha Airport (KTA).
What are the best things to do in Karratha?
If you love taking photos of the stars, don’t hesitate to book return flights to Karratha. The city has low levels of light pollution, making it one of the best Australian cities to photograph the Milky Way and maybe see a shooting star or two.
The Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi people have lived in the Pilbara area for more than 50,000 years. By hiking the Burrup Peninsula, you can see rock art estimated to be more than 40,000 years old. There are 10,000 documented works of art. The art has made the area an outdoor gallery and visiting is one of the most unique things to see with your flights to Karratha.
Hearson’s Cove is a beautiful beach near Karratha. It’s also the best place to see the famous Staircase to the Moon if your flights to Karratha fall over the natural phenomenon. Time your visit with low tide and walk to the turtle islands, explore the tidal flats or find a spot to relax on the beach.
Yaburara Heritage Trail
The Yaburara Heritage Trail is located just outside of Karratha and has both walking and cycling options. The path is an easy walk, has views of the city and also a chance to see some more rock art.
Go on a helicopter tour
Take in Karratha's natural beauty from above. Confirm your flights to Karratha and book a helicopter tour that will see you fly over the Burrup Peninsula and the Dampier Archipelago for a spectacular perspective of the Pilbara region.
The Dampier Archipelago is made up of 42 islands. It's one of the most beautiful places to visit near Karratha and is only a 20-minute drive away. Plan a day trip here while holidaying on cheap flights to Karratha, and you might catch glimpses of sea turtles, dugongs, whales and dolphins. Travellers can choose from a boat tour, or you can sign up for snorkelling or dive trips if you want to get into the water.
When is The Best Time to Visit Karratha?
If you're planning on visiting Millstream Chichester National Park, the best time to visit Karratha is between May and August. The temperatures are warm, and there is little chance of rain. There is also the nearby Python Pool which is great for swimming all year round.
The busiest time of year is the summer months. From December to February, local tourists flock to the city for the festive season break. Make sure you book your flights and accommodation a few months in advance as prices increase to meet the demand.
For a more quieter time of year, book your trip during autumn (March to May) or spring (September to November). You'll have the city's attractions to yourself, and you'll find that hotels and flights are more affordable during these months.
Airports in Karratha
Karratha Airport is located in Western Australia and is the second busiest airport in the region. It mainly operates domestic flights to Perth and Brisbane, but JetGo Australia is starting a route to Singapore from mid-2018.
Getting To and From Karratha Airport
If you're travelling on a budget, the cheapest way to get from the airport is with the local bus service. You can book your spot ahead of time or before you arrive. Prices are AUD 30 per person.
The taxi rank is located outside of the airport's arrival terminal. While the airport isn't far from the city, taxi prices start at AUD 30-40 one-way.
For travellers that prefer more freedom, you can hire a car at the airport. The rental desks are in the arrivals area, near the baggage carousels.