Karratha is a city in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, adjoining the port of Dampier. It was established in 1968 to accommodate the processing and exportation workforce of the Hamersley Iron mining company and, in the 1980s, the petroleum and liquefied natural gas operations of the North West Shelf Venture. At June 2018, Karratha had an urban population of 16,708. The city's name comes from the cattle station of the same name, which derives from a word in a local Aboriginal language meaning "good country" or "soft earth". The city is the seat of government of the City of Karratha, a local government area covering the surrounding region.

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Frank Butler Community Centre

Karratha Country Club Inc. & Golf Club

Searipple Lookout

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Karratha International Hotel

Karratha Central Apartments

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Location Information 

  • Population: 16708
  • State electorate(s): Pilbara
  • Federal Division(s): Durack
  • Established (yr): 1968
  • Population information is based on 2016 Census data.

Travel To  

Roebourne WA 6718 (40.6 km, 33 mins)
Acknowledgement of Country

Karratha WA is located on the following Aboriginal Nation/s.

Jaburara acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work.