Flights to Karratha airport give you an all-access pass to the Pilbara’s awe-inspiring treasures, from Karijini’s ancient adventure playground and the world’s largest collection of Aboriginal rock engravings to one of Australia’s best-kept fishing, snorkelling and diving secrets – the Dampier Archipelago.
The airport is located just 15 minutes by road from central Karratha and nine minutes from Dampier. Qantas and Virgin Australia flights from Perth get you here in just two hours and some operators run scheduled flights from Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Port Hedland, Broome and Darwin.
Hire a car, and you’re just 40 minutes’ drive from the Burrup Peninsula, where the local Jaburara people created more than 10,000 artworks, many dating back thousands of years. It’s also one of the few locations where you can witness the Staircase to the Moon.
A short boat ride from Dampier brings you to the Dampier Archipelago, a hotspot for marine life that’s comparable with the Great Barrier Reef.
Head two hours inland and you’ll find yourself in the lush oasis of Millstream Chichester National Park, beside tranquil lily-filled wetlands. A further seven hours’ drive south, outback adventure awaits in Karijini National Park – a playground four billion years in the making.