KARRATHA VISITOR CENTRE

Walking Trails and Tracks

 The Yaburara Heritage Trail

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The Yaburara (pronouced Yabara) Heritage Trail is a series of 4 walking trails that meander around the hills of Karratha between the Visitor Centre Tank Hill lookout and the Leisureplex carpark. The name Yaburara comes from the Aboriginal tribal people who lived on the Burrup Peninsula, and were massacred along the sea, only 29 years after the first colonial arrivers. The massacres is now known as the Flying Foam Massacre. Beginning at the Tank Hill end, you can take in a spectalular view of the whole developing Karratha township. The 4 trails can be done all together or seperately and will see you directed to various points of interest, including Aboriginal Shell Middens, Petroglyphs and Engraving sites as well as various vegetative states.

Visit us instore to pickup a copy of the trail today or download from here.

 

The Ngurin Bush Tucker Trail

 Ngurin

The Ngurin Bush Tucker Trail is a 2 km self-guided walk around the Ieramargadu Pool on the Harding River (Ngurin) in Roebourne, which utilises some of the existing tracks and the old De Gray Street bridge to cross the Harding River at the southernmost end of the trail. The layout of the trail was done in close liaison with the Ngarluma people, the traditional owners of the land. The Ngurin and all the vegetation surrounding it, holds great significance to the Ngarluma peoples. Ngarluma Elders David Walker, Violet Samson and Pansy Hicks provide insightful and valueable learnings along the Ngurin Bush Tucker Trail on featured explanatory signs depicting bush tucker, bush medicines and other artefacts which are used by Aboriginal people in their traditional way of life, as well as today.

Visit us instore to pickup a copy of the trail today or download from here.

 

The Cossack Heritage Trail

Cossack

The Cossack Heritage Trail is a 3km walk or drive around the town sites. The trail takes in the Tien Tsin lookout which provides a beautiful view across the Indian Ocean including Jarman Island, as well as the European and Asian Cemeteries and the Courthouse, which now houses the Cossack Museum. There is also a school house, storehouse and other heavy arched stone buildings. Although deserted in the 1950's, Cossack saw its share of the gold fever, plus a turtle soup factory and a leprosy hopsital during its hey day. This village is rich in history for those visiting the area and who love the desolate Pilbara region. Please be aware that water is not available in the township and should be bought in by visitors, especially during the warmer times of the year.

Visit our staff in store today to pick up your brochure or download a copy here.

 

 

The Point Samson Heritage Trail

Samson

Point Samson Heritage Trail encompasses the coast town of Point Samson, once a main port of the Pilbara, now a quiet hamlet of a town. A deep water port was established in Point Samson in 1904 to replace the silt filled port at Cossack and became the third largest port in Western Australian in 1909. The trail takes in the remains of the jetty, that was completed in 1903 and was extensively damaged in 1925. It was rebuilt in 1936 after the Depression. The final blow for the Jetty came in 1991 after it started to deteriorate in 1989 due to Cyclone Orson. The counter at Karratha Visitor Centre is made from reclaimed panels from the jetty. The trail also includes Sams Creek, Johns Creek Harbour, Popes Nose Bridge, the Water Cart, Samson Fisheries, the remains of The Solveig and the new Centenary Park. It can be driven or walked. Please ensure you carry water if you walk and pop into either the Karratha or Roebourne Visitor Centres to get a detailed brochure of the Point Samson Heritage Trail.

 

The Roebourne Heritage Trail

Roebourne MtWelcome

Roebourne Heritage Trail is a self guided walk or drive of approximately 5-13 kilometres which will see you visit some of the significant historical sites in the town of Roebourne. The town is the oldest town in the North West of Australia, gazetted in 1866. Yirramagardu is the traditional name for the town as held by the Ngarluma people. You can expect to see the old Victoria Hotel, the Holy Trinity Church (listed with the National Trust) as well as homesteads and the original Goal/Court facilities.

Pop into our local visitor centres at Karratha or Roebourne to grab the brochure today, or download from here

 

The grades are

AWT Grade 1

No bush walking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5km.

AWT Grade 2

No bush walking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km.

AWT Grade 3

Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bush walking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.

AWT Grade 4

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

AWT Grade 5

Very experienced bush walkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid. Tracks are likely to be very rough, very steep and unmarked. Walks may be more than 20km.

 

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