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Live in Karratha

Over the past ten years, Karratha’s population has grown by 30%. And for good reason. Local businesses have expanded, job prospects are in abundance, amenities are first class and the lifestyle, second to none. Upon visiting Karratha, calling it home is an opportunity few might pass up. And you can see why in the section below.

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Want to know what it’s like to live in Karratha? Who better to hear it from other than the locals themselves. Click on the videos above to get a true perspective on living and working in Karratha.


Karratha is home to one of WA’s fastest growing communities. In the past ten years, we’ve seen a 30% increase in our local population. Entire families have moved into Karratha, attracted first by the career possibilities, and then choosing to stay forever


Karratha is already much more than a mining town. In fact, of the more than 13,000 local jobs, only a third is in mining. There are almost a thousand other businesses that have chosen to call Karratha home, making it a WA hotspot for career opportunities, growth and employment.

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Community is important in Karratha. It’s why we boast more than 200 registered community groups, sports clubs, associations and cultural groups. And the City gets involved too. Putting on social events and experiences, giving residents ample opportunity to bond and create friendships that last a lifetime. Up here, it’s quite common to hear the words “this is my Karratha family”. It’s how we refer to our friendship groups. And with more than 48 parks and open spaces hosting 74 events and festivals a year that bring us all together, Karratha grows stronger by the day.


Fast becoming a family city, Karratha now has 11 primary and high schools. The city is also home to a 207-million-dollar Health Campus.

Our Red Earth Arts Precinct includes a 476-seater theatre that can operate as a cinema or a flat floor auditorium. The Leisureplex is the Pilbara’s premier sport and recreation venue housing a dual pool precinct, outdoor multi-sport courts and a state-of-the-art indoor stadium.

The Wickham Recreation Precinct also provides a state-of-the-art air-conditioned fitness centre. The City has recently spent $13.6m on the redevelopment of the Dampier foreshore, transforming it into a destination of choice for families and boaties.

Karratha is a city offering unparalleled natural adventure. The Dampier Archipelago comprises a chain of 42 islands, islets and rock formations lying within a 45km radius from the towns of Dampier and Point Samson. Many of the islands feature sand plains and pristine beaches, ideal for fishing, swimming and snorkeling.

The Burrup Peninsula is home to the world’s highest concentration of rock art with more than one million rock art engravings depicting 50,000 years of human occupation.

The local government area is also surrounded by three national parks including Karijini, widely regarded as one of Australia’s most spectacular natural assets.
Living here, you can forget long commutes to and from work, with almost everything within a 5-10min drive.

Add to this the all year-round warm weather with average temperatures in the high 20’s, and you can see why we’re often out on the water or exploring the natural splendours of our region

Facilities Listing


The Youth Shed

The Base

Red Earth Arts Precinct

Dampier Community Hub

  • Lot 373 High Street, Dampier WA 6713

Wickham Community Hub


Karratha Public Library

  • 27 Welcome Road, Karratha WA 6714

Wickham Public Library

Dampier Public Library

Roebourne Public Library


Montessori Early Learning Karratha

Montessori Early Learning Dampier

Karratha Early Learning Centre

One Tree – Millars Well

  • Lot 3002 Teesdale Place, Millars Well WA 6714

One Tree – Bulgarra

Gurlu Gurlu Maya Children’s Services Roebourne

Dampier Primary School

Karratha Primary School

St Paul’s Primary School

Tambrey Primary School

Baynton West Primary School

Peg’s Creek Primary School

Millars Well Primary School

Wickham Primary School

Karratha Senior High School

St Luke’s College

Roebourne District High School

North Regional TAFE

CQUniversity – Study Hub

  • Lot 2598 Dampier Highway, Karratha WA 6714
  • Phone: 132786
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Pilbara Universities Centre


Karratha Health Campus

Sonic HealthPlus Karratha GP Super Clinic

Karratha Central Healthcare

Karratha Medical Centre

Home to an increasingly diverse range of visitors and residents, the City of Karratha is focused on creating safe, healthy and welcoming communities for everyone who lives, works or visits here.

With a population growth of more than 30% over the last ten years, and a 27% increase in families who call Karratha home, the City offers opportunities in business, career development, education, sport and recreation.

Whether you are new to the area or looking to branch out and make new connections, there are plenty of community groups and clubs where everyone is welcome.

For a comprehensive list of community organisations, please visit the Karratha Online Directory.

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