Karratha is gateway to the Pilbara region, located approximately, 1,550km north of Perth and 850km south of Broome on the North West Coastal Highway. The total area of the City is 15,278 square kilometres. Following the Hamersley Iron project Karratha was set up to supplement the urban capacity of Dampier.

The population forecast for 2016 is 28,351 and likely to double in 2036. Today despite a decline in the mining industry the population is stable at 20,144 with many establishing themselves and normalising the local population from the previous years of fly in and fly out employees.

A boost of infrastructural development continues following the refurbishment of the airport now completed, a civic centre and a new hospital designated for the City of Karratha.

Karratha City is located about 21km from the Port of Dampier in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. It was developed from the 1960s to accommodate the processing and exportation workforce of the Hamersley Iron mining company and later in the 1980s, the petroleum and liquefied natural gas operations of the North West Shelf Venture. The city name comes from the cattle station from which land was reclaimed for the development. In language they say it means “when the earth was soft.” Karratha is the seat of government. Click here to open a window with an updated map of Karratha.