Big, think big and then bigger. Karratha is a ‘new’ mining town in the scheme of things and is growing rapidly. Once in the Pilbara region the scale of the mining ventures really starts to absorb the visitor.

The town adjoins the port of Dampier which was developed from the 1960s 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. The town's name comes from the cattle station from which land was reclaimed for the development. Karratha in the local Aboriginal language means 'good country' or 'soft earth'.

The Dampier Port has the capability to turn huge iron ore ships in less than 24 hours and there is a queue of ships.

Kilometer long trains pass on a very regular basis.

The Catholic Church in Karratha is defintlly worth a look. and also at Dampier

The hotels are modern.

The Karratha War Memorial though modern is a worthy acknowledgement.

The Rail Museum is located midway to Dampier.

When staying over in Karratha, Dampier is a worthy consideration.

Diary notes


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course