Karratha an Aboriginal word meaning ‘good country’ was established in 1968 in response to the continued development of the Hamersley Iron Ore operations and the commencement of the nearby Dampier Salt project. The development of the North West Shelf gas fields with associated on-shore LNG processing and export facilities enabled the town to evolve into the administrative centre of the West Pilbara. Karratha is located 1,557 kilometres north of Perth on Nickol Bay. The weather is warm and pleasant all year around encouraging an outdoor lifestyle, which is complimented by beautiful beaches and stunning natural surrounds.
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 substantive number of fly in fly out (FIFO) workers. Karratha has the largest and most diverse shopping centre in the Pilbara, with all the facilities concentrated in the town centre. The major centre (Centro Karratha) has a total retail floor space of 23,600m2. Karratha is also blessed with modern entertainment, educational and community facilities, the busiest airport outside of the metropolitan area, and is the regional hub for most government agencies.