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.