What to Bring to Searipple Village

If you’re going to a FIFO camp, it’s important to bring everything you need to make your stay enjoyable. Even though you might be flying out regularly, there’s nothing worse than being stuck without things you need for any length of time. 

Here’s a list of things you need to make sure you pack.

  • Smart Phone
    You can download the Glyde App to navigate you to your room and access your room without going to reception.
  • Credit or Debit card
    To use at the Searipple Tavern or shop.
  • Drink bottle
    It’s hot.
  • Hat and Sunscreen
    It’s sunny.
  • Sports/gym clothes
    Stay fit while you’re on swing.
  • Steel-capped boots
     Ideally wear them in before you arrive, as it can be a very long day if they hurt your feet. 
  • Comfortable and durable socks
    These are almost as important as comfortable steel-capped boots. 
  • Tinea cream
    Unfortunately, you might develop this problem wearing your steel-capped boots. Your feet can get pretty sweaty. Tinea cream will help you to nip any problems in the bud. 
  • Any medications you might need
    This could include general medications like Panadol as well as any prescription medications you might be taking. 
  • Toiletries
    Shaving cream, soap, your razor, deodorant, aftershave lotion, face wash, moisturiser, toothbrush etc. 
  • Comfortable after-work clothes
    Make sure you take account of the likely weather conditions you’ll encounter. A few pairs of thongs are a must! 
  • A laptop or tablet
    Most FIFO sites have wireless internet access, so you can video chat with friends or family or stream a TV show or movie.
  • Important personal information
    For example, emergency contacts, your tax file number, bank account details, super fund info, your licence, Medicare card, copies of certificates or qualifications you have, etc.
  • Prescription safety glasses (if you wear them).
    Your employer will pay for these if you wear glasses, so organise this before you go and make sure you take them with you. 
  • Sense of humour
    It’s tough being away from family.

Staying at Searipple Village 

If you don’t have a dedicated FIFO camp and you need somewhere to stay in Karratha, look no further than Searipple Village. We provide the best FIFO accommodation Karratha has to offer. We have everything you need for a great stay in one convenient location, including:

  • great rooms,
  • three onsite dining options,
    a licensed social hub,
  • two gyms, and
  • a tennis court. 

We’re also located next to the beach, just five minutes from the Karratha City Centre and just 20 minutes from the airport. 

And if you want to get out and connect with people, we’re just a 10-minute drive from the Karratha Leisureplex. There you’ll find a range of indoor group fitness classes including circuit, HIIT (high-intensity interval training), strength, cardio, Zumba, yoga, tai chi and Pilates. The Leisureplex also has an aquatic centre, as well as indoor squash, basketball, netball, volleyball, futsal and badminton courts.

Karratha: Just How Far is it From Perth?

If you’re a FIFO worker thinking about coming to Karratha, you’ll inevitably wonder how far it is from Perth and how to get here. Read on to find out everything you need to know about getting to Karratha from Perth, as well as from other capital cities across Australia.

How to travel to Karratha

Karratha is in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, adjacent to the port of Dampier. It’s nearly 1,800 kilometres north of Perth and in between the towns of Port Hedland and Exmouth. You have three main options to get to Karratha from Perth:

  1. Plane (Karratha has its own airport and it’s a 2-hour flight from Perth).
  2. Car (it’s an 18-and-a-half hour drive from Perth via National Highway 95).
  3. Bus (it’s a 25-hour drive from Perth). Bus services to the region from Perth include Integrity Coach Lines and Buswest.

Flying is obviously the quickest and best way to get to Karratha from Perth. But if you want to drive there instead, it’s important to understand that it’s a very long way with some very remote stretches of road. You’ll need a reliable vehicle. You’ll also want to break up your drive with a travel partner and/or stay overnight somewhere along the way.

Your best bet is to stay somewhere in Carnarvon, which is about 9 hours’ drive from Perth and about 6-and-a-half hours from Karratha. Book your accommodation ahead to make sure you can get somewhere.

If you don’t fancy driving a long way yourself and you don’t want to fly, relax and take an air-conditioned bus.

Travel time from Australia’s capital cities to Karratha

Qantas, QantasLink, Virgin and Airnorth all offer regular flights both to and from Karratha. You can get direct flights between Karratha and Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin, Port Hedland and Broome.
The most regular flights to and from Karratha are via Perth, so if you’re not travelling from one of these cities (or you need to travel on a specific day or at a specific time), you’d be better off getting a connecting flight from Perth.
The table below shows current average flight times (including stopovers) from Australia’s major capital cities to Karratha.

City Flight Time
Sydney about 9 and a half hours
Melbourne just under 8 hours
Brisbane about 8 and a half hours
Adelaide about 6 and a half hours
Perth 2 hours
Darwin just over 6 hours
Hobart just over 11 hours
Canberra just over 9 hours

Where to stay in Karratha

If you’re going to be a FIFO worker at one of the mining camps Karratha has and you need somewhere to stay, look no further than Searipple Village. We provide the best FIFO accommodation Karratha has to offer. We have everything you need for a great stay in one convenient location, including:

  • Great rooms,
  • Three onsite dining options,
  • A licensed social hub,
  • Two gyms, and
  • A tennis court.

We’re also located next to the beach, just five minutes from the Karratha City Centre and just 20 minutes from the airport.

What it’s Like to Stay at Searipple Village

If you’re a FIFO worker looking for accommodation in Karratha, Searipple Village has everything you need. It’s a perfect spot to create a home away from home.

Read on to find out more about our facilities and what you can do when you stay with us.

Searipple Village Facilities

Our facilities include:

  • A choice of Queen, Double or King Single air-conditioned rooms, each coming with an ensuite, flat screen TV and Foxtel/in-house movies.
  • Three onsite dining venues where you can dine in for breakfast and dinner as well as get takeaway lunch each day. Each venue offers different options, including a traditional buffet (Tates), cooked to order grill and stir fry (Gunners), as well as an alfresco bistro (Coromal).
  • A beer garden that’s the perfect place to relax and unwind with a cleansing ale or two after a hard day’s work.
  • Pool tables.
  • Two fully equipped gymnasiums.
  • A floodlit tennis court.
  • Two pools.
  • Plenty of grassland for a game of cricket or touch footy.

Whether you want to be active or to just kick back and relax, the choice is yours at Searipple Village!

We’re also conveniently located next to the beach where you can go for a walk, run or a swim anytime you want to take advantage of our warm, sunny weather. Even in winter, our temperatures average 26 to 28 degrees, so you can swim all-year round if you want.

And if that hasn’t convinced you, we’re just five minutes from the Karratha City Centre and only 20 minutes from the airport as well.

Karratha Leisureplex

If you want to get out and about, we’re also just a 10-minute drive from the Karratha Leisureplex. There you’ll find an aquatic centre, as well as indoor:

  • Squash,
  • Basketball,
  • Netball,
  • Volleyball,
  • Futsal,
  • and badminton courts.

You can also do a range of group fitness classes there, including:

  • Circuit,
  • HIIT (high-intensity interval training),
  • Strength,
  • Cardio,
    Zumba,
  • Yoga,
  • Tai chi, and
  • Pilates.

What else is there to do in Karratha?

Karratha is in the heart of the rugged yet picturesque Pilbara region. It’s a popular holiday destination and it has a diverse range of natural attractions including:

  • the Yaburara Heritage Trail, which is just a 15-minute drive from Searipple Village. It’s where you’ll be able to take a 3.5-kilometre walk through beautiful Australian flora and fauna as well as discover Indigenous rock carvings.
  • Hearson Cove, an ideal swimming spot at high tide that’s just 25 minutes from Searipple Village. At low tide, you can also go turtle spotting as well as view the Staircase to the Moon between March and October each year. This natural wonder is where the full moon rises over the exposed mudflats to create a magical optical illusion of stairs leading to the moon.

Want to book or find out more about Searipple Village?

Contact us today so you can experience Searipple Village for yourself. See why we’re so popular with FIFO workers in the Karratha region. We’d love to hear from you and have you stay with us!

How to Improve Your Mental Health at Work 

If you’re wondering how to improve your mental health at work, you’re certainly not alone.
Here are three simple ways you can do it. 

  1. Don’t take on too much work

One sure-fire way to get burned out and stressed is to take on too much work. Don’t set unrealistic goals for yourself, and don’t let others do it either. 
If your boss is giving you too much work, set aside a time to talk calmly with them about it, clearly outlining why it’s too much. Don’t suffer in silence. If you do, your mental health will  inevitably suffer too. 

  1. Take regular breaks

Taking regular short-term breaks from work is important. This includes making sure that you take a lunch break each day, as well as a morning or afternoon coffee break. If you’re working night shifts, taking regular short breaks is just as important. Breaks helps to improve your concentration levels so that you can maintain (or even increase) your productivity. 
It’s also important to take holidays at least once a year so that you can freshen up. Working long hours and working without breaks can negatively affect your mental health. 

  1. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep at home

Don’t turn up for work tired. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep so that you’re ready to face your job each day or night. Sleep and mental health are closely linked. Poor sleeping patterns can affect your mental health and vice versa. 
The importance of work/life balance
It’s also important to look after your mental health outside of work. Ways that you can do this include making sure that you set regular time aside for:

  • exercise (a healthy body can lead to a healthy mind), and
  • catching up with friends, family, or both. It’s important to stay connected, especially after the strict coronavirus restrictions we were all recently forced to experience. 

Do mental health apps work? 

There’s a huge range of mental health apps available these days, but many aren’t based on any scientific evidence. You should avoid those ones because they’ll be unlikely to give you the boost you need. You’ll also probably be wasting your money if you get them. 
A recent Harvard study showed that some scientifically-based apps can be effective however in boosting your mental health. Those apps include:

  • Moodfit,
  • Sanvello,
  • Headspace,
  •  and Happify.

However, it’s important to understand that if you’re experiencing serious mental health issues, even an evidence-based app is unlikely to be enough to help you. You should speak to a doctor about it, who will probably refer you to a specialist mental health practitioner to get the help you need. 

How we can help

At Searipple Village in Karratha, we can help you to maintain your mental health after a hard day or night’s work. We have great accommodation, two fully equipped gyms, two pools and a licensed social hub where you can relax and unwind. We’re also just a short stroll from the beach next door!

How to Stay Fit After 40

Staying fit after you turn 40 is important. Research has shown that maintaining or increasing your fitness level later in life helps to reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease and cancer.

How many times a week should I exercise?

If you haven’t exercised for a while (or ever), it’s best to easy your way into it so that your muscles and joints get used to it. Exercise in short bursts and gradually increase both the length and intensity of your sessions. Make sure you stretch before you start to avoid injury.
You should try and exercise up to 5 times a week and aim to be getting at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous-level activity. This could include doing alternate activities on different days, such as:

  • gym workouts, and
  • running or fast-paced walking.

The gym sessions will help you to strengthen your major muscle groups. For variety, alternate your sessions between strength sessions and doing high repetitions of light weights or high-intensity interval  training (HIIT) sessions.
Aim to do at least 100 steps per minute for 30 minutes when you’re running or doing fast-paced walking. This will help to get your heart rate up and boost your overall fitness level.
In addition to the physical benefits, exercise can boost your mental health as well. For example, by:

  • reducing your stress levels, and
  • improving the quality of your sleep. 

How to keep motivated to exercise

Staying motivated to keep your exercise program going is just as important as starting it. One of the best ways to stay motivated is to set yourself realistic goals for improvement and to reward yourself when you achieve a goal.
For example, realistic exercise goals could be:

  • increasing the number of reps you can do of specific gym exercises,
  • increasing the distance or speed that you run or walk, or
  • losing a specific amount of weight.

Other great ways to stay motivated to exercise are to:

  • do physical activities that you enjoy, and
  • to train with a friend. Your friend will provide you with company and you can also help to keep each other accountable for your exercise program.

Don’t forget your diet

If you want to stay or get healthy, it’s important to eat healthy as well as to exercise. Don’t undo all your good exercise work by eating poorly. Of course, you can always reward yourself with a ‘cheat meal’ every week if you hit your exercise goal.
Eat in moderation, and try to eat something from each of the five basic food groups each day:

  • vegetables,
  • fruit
  • grains and cereals,
  • lean meat, poultry, fish and eggs,
  • cheese and yoghurt

If you do, you’ll be eating a balanced diet to complement your exercise routine. And of course, it’s also important to drink alcohol in moderation as well. Current government health guidelines recommend you drinking no more than 4 standard drinks per day and no more than 10 per week.

 How we can help

At Searipple Village in Karratha, we can help you to stay fit and healthy while you’re staying with us. We don’t just have great accommodation. We also have an on-site gym and plenty of healthy food options in our dining facilities. 
 

What are the Best Foods to Eat to Stay Healthy?

It’s important to eat well to stay healthy. That can be a challenge in today’s fast-paced world, especially if you’re working remotely. But it’s not impossible if you know what foods to eat regularly, and which ones to cut back on or avoid altogether.
Here’s our good to what to eat and meal prepping for work, as well as healthy snacks that are much better alternatives than junk food.

What to eat daily to stay healthy

According to the Australian government’s Guide to Healthy Eating, you should eat from the following five food groups each day:

  1. vegetables
  2. fruit
  3. grains and cereals
  4. lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds
  5. cheese and yoghurt.

Each of these five food groups has important nutrients that you need to stay healthy, like  vitamins, minerals, fibre, protein and calcium.
The amount of each food group that you need varies depending on factors such as your age, gender and how active you are. The recommended amounts for the average adult are outlined below.

  1. vegetables (2.5-3 cups per day)
  2. fruit (2 pieces per day)
  3. grains or cereals (1.5-3 cups per day)
  4. lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts or seeds (130-195 grams of red meat,    

     or 160-240 grams of poultry, or 200-300 grams of fish, or 2 eggs, or 170  
     grams of tofu, or 30 grams of nuts or seeds)

  1. cheese or yoghurt (5 to 8 slices of cheese or 200 grams of yoghurt).

Meal prep for work
The best way to ensure you eat healthy is to prepare your own quick and easy meals that contain the recommended amounts of each of the five food groups. Plan your shopping and stock up on everything you’ll need each week. Then set aside a time each day to prepare everything so it’s ready to take with you. Focus on simple meals and recipes so that your preparation doesn’t become a chore.

Healthy snacks to eat rather than junk food

There are plenty of healthy alternatives to junk food. For example:

  • fruit muffins or slices,
  • raisin or fruit toast,
  • and rice crackers.

 How you can eat healthy at Searipple Village
At Searipple Village in Karratha, there are plenty of ways that you can eat healthy while you’re staying with us. We have healthy salad food available onsite at Denison’s Takeaway, as well as a range of healthy options on the menu at Tate’s Restaurant.
 There are also plenty of options for you to exercise, which is another important way to stay healthy. We’re located just 3.2 kilometres from the City Centre, but a walk there and back will get you to 80% of your daily steps target! We’re also next to the beach if you’d prefer a scenic walk, and we have two onsite gyms where you can work out if you want as well.
And of course, we have plenty of space for you to unwind and relax too, with great rooms and a licensed social hub. After all, life is a balance!
We’re just a 20-minute drive from the Karratha Airport and very popular with FIFO workers.

How Many Steps Do You Need to Take Per Day to Stay Fit?

More and more people these days are monitoring how far they move each day, thanks to wearable devices like Fitbits and Apple Watches. They allow you to do things like count the number of steps that you take each day, and many health and fitness enthusiasts set themselves daily targets.
You might be wondering:
· how many steps you need to take each day to stay fit,
· how to stay fit without running, and
· how far you should walk each day to keep fit.
Read on to find out!

How many steps you need to take each day to stay fit

A recent Australian study found that people who take 10,000 or more steps a day have a 46% lower risk of early death due to heart disease, diabetes and cancer. People with higher daily step counts also spend less time in hospital. In addition, increasing your step count by 1,000 per day reduces your risk of dying prematurely by 6%.
According to the Australian Health Survey, the average Australian adult takes 7,400 steps per day.

How to stay fit without running

The pace of the steps you take each day also has an impact on the fitness benefits you’ll gain. You don’t necessarily have to run though. If you’re walking briskly, you’re getting a more intense work out than if you’re dawdling.

How far you should walk each day to keep fit

10,000 steps is about 8 kilometres. That will take you about 1 hour and 40 minutes at a moderate walking pace.

How you can achieve your daily step target

You don’t necessarily need to do 8 kilometres all at once. For example, you could combine any walks that you might do to work, the shops or at work throughout your day. This movement helps you to burn calories.
The technical term for burning calories is ‘activity thermogenesis’. You can burn calories whether you’re formally exercising or not. The key thing is regular daily movement to maintain your fitness and health. The acronym ‘NEAT’ has been coined to describe ‘non-exercise activity thermogenesis’, like taking the stairs in a building rather than using a lift.

How we can help you to keep fit and healthy at Searipple Village

At Searipple Village in Karratha, there are plenty of ways that you can conveniently get your daily health and fitness fix. We’re located just 3.2 kilometres from the City Centre, so a walk there and back will get you to 80% of your daily steps target!
We’re also next to the beach if you’d prefer a scenic walk. We have two onsite gyms where you can work out if you want as well.
And of course, we have plenty of space for you to unwind and relax too, with great rooms, a range of dining options and a licensed social hub. After all, life is a balance!
We’re just a 20-minute drive from the Karratha Airport and very popular with FIFO workers.

What to do in Karratha?

Karratha, in the heart of the beautiful and rugged Pilbara, is a premier West Australian holiday destination waiting to be explored.
The team at Searipple Village Karratha have got you covered with a selection of some of the best things to do in Karratha during your stay.
Read on to discover what to do in Karratha.
Karratha Attractions
Here are a couple of favourites:

  • Staircase to the moon

You’ve heard of a staircase to heaven, but have you ever heard of a staircase to the moon? 
One of Karratha’s most famous attractions, staircase to the moon is a natural phenomenon, which creates a stunning illusion caused by the reflection of the full moon on the mudflats at Hearson’s Cove at extremely low tides. Be there between April to October – you have to see it to believe it! 

  • Yaburara Heritage Trail

Feeling active? Find 30 and soak up picturesque, panoramic Karratha views on a 3.5-kilometre stroll through the Yaburara Heritage Trail.
Feast your eyes on beautiful flora and fauna and even ancient Aboriginal sites including rock carvings and artefact scatters.
Trail maps and further information on associated flora, fauna, geology and indigenous heritage are available from the Karratha Visitor Centre.

  • Millstream National Park

Fancy a day trip?  Just a 2-hour drive will see you in the heartland of the Yindjibarndi people and a lush oasis of deep gorges and palm-fringed rock pools – now you can’t beat that!
There are plenty more attractions. Visit the Karratha Visitor Centre website to find out more.
Karratha Events
Spending the festive season in Karratha this year?
Be sure to check out:

  • The Sharpe Avenue Christmas light walk
  • Christmas Crafts
  • Christmas Carols

A bit arty? You may be surprised to learn that Karratha has an arts precinct – The Red Earth Arts Precinct. 
From movies, theatre and art exhibitions, there’s really something for everyone.
One of the most exciting events coming to Karratha is ‘Bennelong by Bangarra’. In a unique Australian dance language, Bennelong celebrates the continuation of life and culture through the power, brilliance and passion of Bangarra’s artists.
Find out more about this fantastic show coming in February 2020 and other upcoming Karratha events.
Searipple Village Facilities 
After a hard day’s work on the mine site, you’ll need somewhere to rest your head and rejuvenate for the day ahead. 
With an array of facilities, Searipple Village Karratha is the perfect place to do it. 
Let’s take a look.

  • Licenced Social Hub – relax and unwind, with great food, ambience and ice-cold 

beverages.

  • Pool tables – challenge your friends or workmates to a game or two.
  • Two fully equipped gyms – get your heart pumping and those muscles strong.
  • Day/night hard tennis court – work up a sweat and have some fun with a game of tennis. 
  • Grass playing field – play a game of touch footy or cricket.
  • Swimming pools – keep cool in one of their two swimming pools.
  • A range of dining options:
  • Tates – traditional buffet service
  • Gunners –cooked to order grill and stir fry
  • Coromal – dine alfresco in the Beer Garden

Searipple Village in Karratha really has everything you need in one location to help you solve the question: What to do in Karratha?
With so many facilities, comfortable rooms and a location only five minutes from the Karratha City Centre, next to the beach and a 20-minute drive from the airport, what more could you want?
Searipple Village – Your home in the Pilbara 
Now that you know what to do in Karratha, are you ready to start exploring?
Contact Searipple Karratha today to experience quality accommodation with great facilities at an affordable price.

How to Stay Healthy While Working Nights

If you’re a shift worker or doing FIFO, it’s important to look after your health. Don’t fall into the trap of doing less exercise due to work priorities. Consider the following statistics:

  • shift workers have higher rates of obesity (30%) than the general population (24% of men and 23% of women),
  • shift workers are more likely to smoke than the general population, and
  • shift work has been linked to the development of serious conditions such as cancer and heart disease. 

But the good news is that you don’t have to become one of these statistics. Here’s how you can stay fit and healthy while working nights.

1. Make exercise part of your daily routine

There’s no excuse not to exercise and the health benefits are obvious. None of us work 24 hours a day and you should only need around 8 hours of sleep per day.
You need to schedule some time each day or week for physical activity, no matter what it is. You’ll find it easier to find that time if you schedule an activity that you enjoy doing.
Exercising is not only good for your physical health; it helps your mental health as well. That’s because your body releases chemicals called endorphins into your brain. These endorphins can help to relieve stress, boost your mood, and improve your self-esteem. Exercising can also help to improve your sleep patterns, which many shift workers often find challenging.

2. Quit smoking (or don’t start)

Everyone knows that smoking isn’t good for your health, so there’s no reason to do it. Here are just three side effects of smoking:

  • it harms nearly every organ in your body,
  • it causes cardiovascular disease, and
  • it prematurely ages you.

If you already smoke, try quitting (or at least cut back). If you don’t smoke, don’t start and use shift work as an excuse.

3. Make sure you get the right amount of sleep

The right amount of sleep helps to rejuvenate your body so that you can stay fit and healthy. It helps to keep your immune system strong and it’s also good for your mental health.
On the flip side, not enough sleep can affect both your physical and mental health. A lack of sleep has been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. A lack of sleep can also contribute to workplace accidents due to fatigue.

How we can help

Searipple Village in Karratha has everything you need to stay fit and healthy in one convenient location. We have two fully equipped gyms onsite, as well as two pools, a tennis court and grass playing field that’s perfect for a game of touch football or cricket. We have our own Lifestyle Coordinator onsite who can provide exercise and nutrition advice and develop an individual program for you.
We offer a range of accommodation and dining options, and we’re just 20 minutes from Karratha Airport.
Contact us today if you’d like to find out more or make a booking!