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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 Iron mining company and, in the 1980s, the petroleum and liquefied natural gas operations of the North West Shelf Venture. At June 2015, Karratha had an estimated urban population of 19,235. 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". The city is the seat of government of the City of Karratha, a local government area covering the surrounding region.GeographyKarratha, an isolated city, is located approximately 1535km north of Perth and 850km southwest of Broome on the North West Coastal Highway. The town is roughly rectangular in layout and is located on flat land adjacent to Nickol Bay. Tidal salt flats and areas of mangrove separate the town from the sea. Immediately to the rear of the town (south) lies a line of low hills.Karratha is in The Pilbara. Plan trip to Australia with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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