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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?

Planning your next site visit to Karratha for you and your crew, maybe you’re wondering what’s the cheapest or the best route to get here?  Or maybe you’re just curious about how far Karratha is from Perth?

Read on to find out everything you need to know about getting to us in the North West of Western Australia.

Where is Karratha?

Karratha is a coastal town, located in the heart of the west Pilbara region, adjacent to the Port of Dampier and on the north west coast of the state of Western Australia. Karratha which sits between neighbouring towns Port Hedland and Exmouth is 1,800 kilometres north of Western Australia’s capital city Perth. Karratha is best known for its contribution to the mining industry but also its rich history and proximity to some of  Australia’s best natural landmarks; Ningaloo Reef and Karijini. 

How To Travel To Karratha, Western Australia  

Perth, Western Australia to Karratha, Western Australia

 You have three main options if you’re travelling from Perth to Karratha:

  • By Plane 
    • Karratha has its own airport and it’s a 2-hour flight from Perth Airport
    • Airlines like Qantas and Virgin Australia offer multiple flights daily from Perth, Western Australia to Karratha 
  • By Car
    • Driving from Perth to Karratha takes over 18 hours and is a total distance of 1,500 kilometres
    • Traveling by car might be more cost effective than flying but takes a lot longer
  • By Bus
    • Travelling by bus from Perth to Karratha takes around 25 hours
    • Buswest and Integrity Coach Lines offer services twice a week from Perth to Karratha 
    • Private charter options are also available with shorter travel time

Tips for travelling from Perth to Karratha 

Flying is obviously the quickest and best way to get from Perth to Karratha and you also have the choice of two different airlines for flights from Perth. If you want to drive from Perth to Karratha, it’s important to understand that it’s a very long trip with some very remote stretches of road and you’ll need a reliable car. We suggest you break up your drive with a travel partner. We also suggest you stop for breaks and/ or stay overnight somewhere along the way, like at a hotel or motel. 

If you’re driving by car from Perth to Karratha your best bet is to stay somewhere along the road like Carnarvon, which is about a 9 hour drive from Perth and a 6 hour drive to Karratha. There are also plenty of other towns to stop in on the route to Karratha. Depending on your budget there’s caravan parks and also hotels for you to stay in along the way. Booking your accommodation ahead of time is recommended to make sure you can get somewhere. Planning ahead might also mean you get a cheap deal so definitely search around before you go from Perth to Karratha.

If you don’t fancy driving a long way yourself and none of the flights from Perth appeal to you, relax and take an air-conditioned bus on your trip from Perth to Karratha. 

It’s worth taking some time to plan and compare your travel options, the prices, the amount of travel time you realistically have to get to Karratha and how much it will cost you for all your team. We recommend having a search online as there might be good deals. 

Travel Time From Australia’s Capital Cities To Karratha

Airlines like Qantas, QantasLink, Virgin Australia and Airnorth all offer regular domestic  flights to Karratha airport and back, multiple times a day. Flights from Karratha airport currently only fly to surrounding Pilbara towns and to Perth airport but once in Perth you can travel on to other places like Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin. 

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.

Flight times to Karratha (including layover time)
From Sydney (via Perth) Just under 8 hours
From Melbourne (via Perth) Under 8 hours
From Adelaide (via Perth) Around 10 hours
From Perth (via Perth) 2 hours
From Darwn (via Perth) 8 hours 
From Brisbane (via Perth) Just over 8 hours
From Hobart (via Perth & Melbourne) Just over 9 hours
From Canberra (via Perth) Under 8 hours

After Arriving In Karratha 

Where To Stay In Karratha

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

  • Great quality rooms
    • WIFI in queen & double rooms
  • Three onsite dining options 
    • Variety of meals 
  • A licensed social hub
  • Games rooms with pool tables and arcade games 
  • Two gyms
  • Two Swimming pools and tennis court
  • Laundry 

Distance to Key Karratha Locations From Searipple Village 

During your time off from work can also take time to explore the town of Karratha and its local facilities just a short distance down the road from Searipple Village accommodation, these include: 

  • Karratha city centre – just a five minute drive
  • Karratha airport – just a 20 minute drive
  • The beach – just a two minute walk

For more info on nearby locations or directions feel free to enquire with our friendly staff. Find out more information here. 

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