Trail connects outback, ocean
The Karratha Community Association is encouraging people to explore the natural scenery and heritage in their town’s own backyard at signature event, the Yaburara Community Walk, next week.
The KCA’s sixth annual walk, a free event designed to bring people together to celebrate Karratha’s great outdoors, is coming up fast on Saturday, August 20.
The 3.5km low-impact walk over the Karratha hills will start at Karratha Visitor Centre and finish at the Leisureplex, with the KCA providing buses to ferry people from the Leisureplex carpark up to the start of the track.
KCA chairwoman Joanne Pritchard and deputy chairman Stuart Otto said the walk had been very wellsupported since its beginnings six years ago, and always attracted more than 100 people.
“You get tourists who are here on the day and then you get the community at large who have never done the walk who get up there and see — we call it where the outback meets the ocean,” Mr Otto said. “Because you look over the back and you see the beautiful outback of Australia, and then to the front you’ve got Nickol Bay (as) the view, and it’s spectacular.”
New features of this year’s walk include an early tour through Karratha Visitor Centre to showcase its recent upgrades, as well as a free photo competition to promote the event and get walkers even more involved, with $100 of prize money up for grabs in the categories of scenery, people and humour.
The Pilbara Ports Authority is the main sponsor of this year’s walk.
Kate Cardew, 8, who has participated in the walk for several years, said there were a lot of sights.
“Sometimes when you go up to the top, you see the whole of Karratha, and even some kangaroos,” she said. “And there’s lots of rock art.”
The Yaburara Community Walk is on 8am-11am on August 20.
Karratha Community Association members and walk participants, back row, Stuart Otto, Jo Pritchard, Shirley Simpson; front row, Elsie Cardew, 10, Kate Cardew, 8, Shontay Cardew and Dion Fraser.