Located in the Pilbara district in the northwest,
Karratha is 1,535 km north of Perth and 850 km south of Broome, on the North West
The town site of Karratha derives its name from
the pastoral station from which the land was resumed to create the town site. It
was gazetted in 1969, and was developed by the government to provide land for
the community supporting the Pilbara iron ore industry established in the region
in the 1960s.
With its year round summer, Karratha offers a number of recreational
activities such as fishing and snorkelling around the nearby islands of the
Dampier Archipelago. The country town also makes for a perfect base to explore
Millstream-Chichester National Park with its hidden pools, beautiful vegetation
and interesting links to times gone by.