Yaburara Heritage Trail, Karratha
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.
About the Trail
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.
Need to Know
Awe and ore can be found in equal measure in Karratha. Known for its iron ore operations, this is the gateway to the marine-life rich Dampier Archipelago, the world's most prolific prehistoric rock engraving site, Karijini's four billion year old adventure playground and Millstream's Chichester National Park. It's also one of the few locations where you can witness the Staircase to the Moon. Karratha is a two hour flight or a 16 hour road trip from Perth, and a three hour drive south of Port Hedland. From here, you can join one of many guided tours, or begin your own adventure. A walk along the Jaburara Heritage Trail, starting from the visitor centre, gives you an introduction to the ancient Jaburara people and their legacy - the largest collection of Aboriginal rock engravings on Earth. Across the Burrup Peninsular, the Jaburara created more than 10,000 artworks, many dating back thousands of years. A short hop by boat brings you to Western Australia's hotspot for marine diversity and one of Australia's best-kept fishing, snorkelling and diving secrets - the Dampier Archipelago. Its 42 islands and islets sit within a 45 kilometre radius of neighbouring Dampier. Head two hours south of Karratha and find yourself in another world entirely. A lush oasis of tree-lined pools, spinifex hills and lily-filled wetlands awaits adventurous nature lovers at Millstream Chichester National Park. You can also follow in the tracks of early settlers along the Chichester Range Camel Trail and learn about the hardships they endured. Venture further south to Karijini National Park and enter an outback playground of inviting plunge pools, 100 metre chasms and a 1,235 metre mountain four billion years in the making. Using Karratha as a base makes perfect sense. As well as the largest shopping centre in the North West it boasts a good selection of accommodation, from luxury to budget-friendly. If your visit coincides with a full moon between April and October, head for Hearson's Cove at sunset where you can watch the moon rise over exposed mudflats creating the rare natural phenomenon known as the Staircase to the Moon.
Karratha Visitor Centre
De Witt Road , Karratha Western Australia 6714, Australia
Phone: (08) 9144 4600 | www.karrathavisitorcentre.com
The Karratha Visitor Centre is located in Karratha, the gateway to the Pilbara in Australia’s North West. Karratha is a busy, modern and well-serviced town and a great base for exploring Millstream Chichester National Park, Karijini National Park and the 42 islands of the Dampier Archipelago. As an accredited Visitor Centre they offer a one stop shop of information provided by local experts. Stock up on maps, get some ideas on the best things to see and do or book your tours or accommodation. During the months of May to October, they are open 9.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday and 9.00am to 1.00pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. During November to April they open 9.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 12 noon Saturday and are closed on Sunday and Public Holidays.