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1535km north of Perth. Trail head maps can be found at top of Karratha Visitor Centre - Water Tanks and Karrtha Leisureplex
Trail EndGet directions
Karratha Leisureplex off Dampier Highway
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An excellent example of a kangaroo petroglyphs is clearly visible on the side of the large rock near the approach to the lookout, providing an excellent photo subject in the morning or around midday. Another large petroglyph covers a flat rock on the left of the trail about ten metres before the lookout.
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About Yaburara Heritage Trail, Karratha
The trail commences from the water tanks over looking the town centre and access is via the information bay on Karratha Road, next to the Karratha Visitor Centre or from the back of Karratha Leisureplex off Dampier Highway. There are also two short branch trails and three longer branch trails - a secondary trail around the base of the hills, a recreational trail following the ridge top and a nature trail along two major valleys.
Much of the Yaburara Heritage Trail is rough with loose rocks with no shade. The trail is on Aboriginal Heritage Registed sites which are significant to Aboriginal people; they are a great interest to non-Aboriginal people and they are protected by law. The layout of this trail was done in close liaison with the Ngarluma people, the Traditional Owners of the land. We trust that giving people a better understanding will engender greater respect for Aborigial culture.
The trail brochure is available from the Karratha Visitor Centre and Karratha Leisureplex or scan the QR Code from the trailhead map to download map and brochure to your phone.
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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
Various trails can chosen ranging from 1 hour to 3 hours.
Depending at which car park there are many choices from 500mtrs to 5km
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.
What To Pack
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails)
- Minimum 2 litres of water per person per day
- Sturdy shoes
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant
- Binoculars and camera (optional)
- Map or guide book where suggested
- Snacks and/or lunch depending on length of trail
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions including a water/windproof jacket
- First Aid kit
Additional Useful Items+ extra water
Wear sturdy comfortable footwear.
Must be reasonably fit and able bodied.
The main trail does not return to the starting point, you have to back track, or organise transportation at the end point.
+ adequate precautions against sunburn and heat stress.
No rubbish bins are available along trail, carry litter out with you.
Careful consideration should be given before attempting the walk in hot weather
The trail is for walkers only.
Under the Aboriginal Heritage Act it is an offence to damage or alter any Aboriginal site or to remove any Aboriginal object from a site.
Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.
Hazards & WarningsSteep areas with loose rocks.
FacilitiesThe parking area at Karratha Road outside the Karratha Visitors Centre, and Karratha Leisureplex provides space for caravans and other larger vehicles.
- Car Park
- Picnic Area
- Visitor Information Centre
Best time of year
April to November
Prohibited ItemsNo 4WDs, mountain bikes or motorbikes permitted on trail.
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Interpretation panels on the Yaburara Heritage Trail
Karratha at Night from the start of the Yaburara Heritage Trail
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