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Yaburara Heritage Trail

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by Tom (subscribe)
Getting lost is the easiest way to have fun!
Published February 26th 2015
Indigenous history, stunning views and exercise all in one
The hills behind Karratha are both rich with Indigenous history and offer some stunning views over the surrounding area, including the city itself. The red rocky outcrops and sparse outcrops of trees among the endless expanse of spinifex are frequented by a lot of local wildlife, including kangaroos and lizards.

Yaburara Heritage Trail, Karratha, Pilbara, Sunsets, Indigenous rock art, petroglyphs, burrup peninsula, walking trails
Watching the sun set over Karratha from the hills


The Yaburara Heritage trail is a 3.5km walk along the top of the hills and down into the valleys below taking hikers past everything that makes the area so special.

Starting at the water tank hill behind the visitor centre, one can make the short climb up to the nearest lookout, where ancient rock art and an uninterrupted vista over Karratha awaits, and a park table and bench is provided for those who have bought food.

Yaburara Heritage Trail, Karratha, Pilbara, Sunsets, Indigenous rock art, petroglyphs, burrup peninsula, walking trails
Aboriginal rock art on the Yaburara trail


From here the walk gets tougher, you wont find any smooth footpaths or soft sand, as the trail cuts a path past more significant Indigenous sights as it goes deeper into the hills.

It isn't just rock art that the area is historically significant for. Indigenous shell middens, quarries and tool making sights can also be found hidden in among the depths of the trail.

Yaburara Heritage Trail, Karratha, Pilbara, Sunsets, Indigenous rock art, petroglyphs, burrup peninsula, walking trails
There are some quirky sites in the hills as well


And for those who like their sunsets there are few better places in the region to catch them from than atop one of the trails many vantage points. Some can be reached by car or mountain bike, but most you will have to take a bit of a hike, but it is well worth the effort.

Like anywhere in the Pilbara, it is highly recommended you bring plenty of water as well as sturdy shoes. The trail has plenty of unstable and slippery rocks, as well as steep climbs and narrow tracks bordered by spinifex.

Yaburara Heritage Trail, Karratha, Pilbara, Sunsets, Indigenous rock art, petroglyphs, burrup peninsula, walking trails
The Yaburara Heritage Trail


The ruggedness fits in with the image in the Pilbara however, and you do feel as if your a mile away from civilisation while you take on the trail, only bought back to reality by the semi frequent views over Karratha.
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Why? Exercise, views and history
Where: Karratha
Cost: Free
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