Karratha

Karratha is a city in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, adjoining the port of Dampier. It was established in 1968 to accommodate the processing and exportation workforce of the Hamersley Ironmining company and, in the 1980s, the petroleum and liquefied natural gas operations of the North West Shelf Venture. The city’s name comes from the cattle station of the same name, which derives from a word in a local Aboriginal language meaning “good country” or “soft earth”.

Karratha serves us as a good base camp to visit the local attractions, including the ‘Staircase To The Moon’, the North West Gas project and Dampier, home to the infamous ‘Red Dog’. (More details on these to follow.)

We had a round of golf at the picturesque Karratha Golf Course with its sand greens – well worth the visit.

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