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Where to Stay in Karratha

If you’re a FIFO worker in Karratha, there really is only one place to stay – Searipple Village. Read on to find out what you can expect at both Searipple Village and in Karratha itself. 

Choosing the right accommodation in an isolated, small mining town like Karratha is an important decision. When you choose Searipple Village, you’ll have everything you need in one convenient location. It will be your home away from home.   

Searipple’s amenities 

Searipple Village offers a range of amenities for you to enjoy after a hard days’ work, including:

  • your choice of queen, double or king single rooms. Each room is air conditioned and contains an ensuite. Each also has a TV, Foxtel and in-house movies. Both queen and double rooms come with a free internet service.
  • three dining options for breakfast, takeaway lunch and dinner.
  • a licensed bar where you can relax and unwind over a drink and a game of pool.
  • two on-site gyms where you can keep fit with individual or group classes.
  • a tennis court.
  • a basketball court.
  • two pools that are perfect for cooling off all-year round. Karratha’s temperatures average 35 degrees in summer and between 28 and 28 in winter, so a pool is a must!
  • grass playing fields that are perfect for kicking a footy or a game of cricket.
  • a laundry.
  • car parking facilities. 

We have 1,300 rooms available and we pride ourselves on providing FIFO workers with good accommodation, good food and plenty of opportunity to rest, relax and have fun.

Searipple has been purpose-built to accommodate the needs of FIFO workers. Set on 15 hectares, we are one of the largest FIFO accommodation villages in Western Australia, and we have a real community feel. 

We also understand that health is important. That’s why we offer an on-site health and lifestyle coordinator available to promote the physical and mental health of our residents. Our coordinator runs regular gym classes, organises social events and arranges weekend excursions to some of the many attractions in the Pilbara region. 

Searipple’s location 

Searipple is conveniently located right next to the beach, just five minutes from Karratha’s City Centre and just 20 minutes from the airport. We offer a shuttle bus to the City Centre where you can find:

  • the Karratha City Shopping Centre that includes popular retail stores like Kmart, Coles and Woolworths.
  • the Karratha Leisureplex. It has both 50-metre and 25-metre lap pools, squash, tennis, badminton, basketball, netball, basketball and futsal courts, as well as a fully equipped gym with personal trainers and group fitness classes available.
  • the newly built Red Earth Arts Precinct, a newly opened $56 million art and cultural centre. 

Things to do in Karratha and the Pilbara region

One of the great things about Karratha is its uniqueness. You can get to see and do things that you wouldn’t anywhere else. So you may as well make the most of the opportunities! 

Some of the ‘must-do’ things include:

  • a swim at Hearson’s Cove, which is just 25 minutes from Searipple Village. You can also go fishing or spot turtles there, as well as observe the ‘Staircase to the Moon’ phenomenon between March and October.
  • visiting Millstream National Park for a day trip. It’s about a 2-hour drive and a great spot to venture to on your day/s off.
  • numerous heritage trails where you can soak up the unique flora and fauna of the region, including the Cossack Heritage Trail and the Yaburara Heritage Trail

What our FIFO residents have to say about Searipple Village

Check out some of our recent 5-star reviews:

 “Very friendly and helpful reception staff ! Rooms were nice and clean! Food was amazing. Compliments to the chefs!”

 “Location done right. Excellent facility and services.”

 “Great place to stay. Food was great and rooms were neat and tidy.”

 “Great rooms, awesome food.”

 “Great wet mess. Rooms clean. Only about 5 mins to drive to town.”

 “Very clean and great food.”

 “Great people, good food, clean rooms.”

 “Love it here! Great place and good bunch of people!!!” 

 “Good camp, great food!”

 “Excellent place to stay.”

 “Good camp, excellent food and well fitted out rooms.”

 “Best camp food in the Pilbara.”

We could go on and on, but you get the gist! 

Get in touch with us

If you’re a FIFO worker and you’d like to find out more about staying at Searipple Village in Karratha, Contact us today. We’d love to answer any questions you have about our accommodation and what we offer.

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!

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.

NRL Roadshow Comes to Searipple

March 2016 –  Searipple Village recently hosted Matt Bowen (centre of photo), former Kangaroo and Queensland Cowboys Star, together with the West Coast Pirates Futures Rugby League Team during the annual NRL Pilbara Roadshow.
The Pilbara Roadshow seeks to develop local Rugby League through the provision of a series of community events that showcase the game.

NRL Roadshow