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Yaburara Heritage Trail, Karratha

  • 1-3 hours
  • 5 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 4

The Yaburara Heritage Trail is a 3.5 kilometre grade 4 walk highlighting the Karratha district’s natural history and cultural heritage and in particular the heritage of the Traditional Owners of the land, the Ngarluma people, in honour of the Yaburara people. It covers rugged country with some steep climbs and descents and features a number of Aboriginal sites including rock engravings and artefact scatters.

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Trail Start

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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

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Karratha Leisureplex off Dampier Highway

This lookout provides excellent views of the Karratha town centre and its residential areas. There are 2 picnic tables at this location.

Refer to Map- Point 1

Like many outcrops throughout the Pilbara the ridge is rich in petroglyphs which depict animals, humans, objects and totemic themes. Please respect the Indigenous engravings - do not deface or stand on them.

Refer to Map - Point 3

Along these creek lines are two significant trees - the Bloodwood and the Coolibah.

Refer to Map - Point 4

This lookout provides commanding views of the western end of Karratha.

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.

Refer to Map - Point 8

The highest point.

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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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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.

Trail Start

1535km north of Perth. Trail head maps can be found at top of Karratha Visitor Centre - Water Tanks and Karrtha Leisureplex

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Trail End

Karratha Leisureplex off Dampier Highway

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Bush Walk

Grade 4

Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.

Difficulty Notes

There are sections that are steep (refer to map) at sections 3 to 4 and 5 to 6. The easier walk is along long loop.

Hazards & Warnings

Steep areas with loose rocks.


The 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



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Prohibited Items

No 4WDs, mountain bikes or motorbikes permitted on trail.
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1 trail goers have rated Yaburara Heritage Trail, Karratha as 4 out of 5!

We love to hear from people who've been on our Western Australian trails, so it would be most appreciated it if you wanted to leave a review.

Lee lee

Reviewed 14 Apr 2018, 9:10pm

A number of trails close to the city centre of Karratha beginning from behind the visitor centre, a carpark from Millstream Road and behind the Leisureplex carpark. Trails through are rocky with rut sections, narrow and steep - they climb hills. Views are sensational. If there has been a significant amount of rain, sometimes a waterfall forms not too far from the trail head at Millstream Road carpark. For a short trail with great views, try the one from behind the Leisureplex carpark - it is super steep. It is possible to connect trails to make a loop - the visitor centre has a map. Great way to see the layout and landscape of the Pilbara.

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