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Karratha is located 1,557 kilometres north of Perth in Western Australia. The weather is warm and pleasant all year around encouraging an outdoor lifestyle, which is complimented by beautiful beaches and stunning natural surrounds.
Karratha, an Aboriginal word meaning ‘good country’ was established in 1968 to cater for the continued development of the Hamersley Iron Ore operations and the commencement of the Dampier Salt project nearby.
The development of the North West Shelf gas fields with associated export facilities enabled the town to evolve into the administrative centre of the West Pilbara.
Today the town has developed into the largest and most economically diverse community in the Pilbara and is home to an estimated 19,000 people including a substantial number of fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers.
Also within the Shire of Roebourne are five smaller town sites: Dampier, Wickham, the historic towns of Roebourne and Cossack and the coastal retreat of Point Samson.
West Pilbara Coast
The Karratha region and the West Pilbara Coast feature some of the Australia’s most awesome natural and man-made attractions. Go bush camping in Karijini and Millstream-Chichester national parks. Enjoy fishing and snorkelling in the Dampier Archipelago. Discover fascinating historical attractions, including some of the world’s oldest Aboriginal rock art; or take a tour of the Karratha region’s huge mining operations.
For more information, visit the Pilbara Coast website.
Images courtesy Tourism WA