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Karratha is Australia’s new City of the North - capital of the Pilbara region and the only city in Western Australia north of Geraldton.
Just 50 years old in 2019, Karratha has been fortunate to receive major infrastructure investment over the last decade, transforming it into a very liveable regional city.
We live in the heart of the world’s greatest mineral province, which has iron ore, natural gas, oil, lithium, copper, gold, cobalt, manganese, zinc, lead – you name it! We are the cornucopia, the horn of plenty, Aladdin’s Cave – and we are vital to the health of our State and nation.
We have the most amazing scenery and natural environment – the Dampier Archipelago and Murujuga National Park - holding the world’s greatest collection of petroglyphs - are on our doorstep - only 20 km from our city centre.
We are surrounded by the rugged beauty of outback Australia – with hardly explored ranges, river pools, coastal inlets and outcrops. We have marvelous 19th century stone buildings in Roebourne and out on the stations, a ghost town and ancient Aboriginal sites – everywhere.
Down the “Red Dog Highway” south of town there is the beauty of the Chichester Ranges and Millstream National Park, while further on we have the magnificent Karijini National Park.
After Karratha, other places look ordinary.