Well-connected, resourced with modern and purposeful infrastructure, and with new and expanding commercial projects bolstering our City, the City of Karratha’s economy and population enjoy a wealth of growth and opportunity.  


Karratha Airport is the busiest airport in the Pilbara and second busiest in WA, by passenger numbers and aircraft movements.  

Recently undergoing a $35 million upgrade, the terminal has been designed to provide the capacity for international flights, and service a peak passenger flow of approximately 1.2 million passengers each year.  

As travel continues to grow, the City is actively seeking additional services through the Karratha Airport.  

Port infrastructure

Significant investment by the mining and energy sectors underpins the City’s long legacy as a port city. 

Port of Dampier
Located 1550km north of Perth on the west Pilbara’s Burrup Peninsula, the Port of Dampier is one of Australia’s largest bulk exports ports.  Comprising more than 120ha of land area and 650km2 of marine water, its network extends 350 kilometres inland to the iron ore deposits of the Pilbara region and 200 kilometres seaward to the oil and gas fields of the North West Shelf.   

Private terminals within the port facilitate the import and export of iron ore, LPG, LNG, diesel, condensate, salt, ammonia, bulk cargo and general cargo. 

Cape Preston
Located 100km south-west of Karratha, this private port was developed to facilitate the export of magnetite concentrate. 

Cape Lambert
40km north of Karratha, this Rio Tinto operated port has eight shipping births used solely for moving iron ore. 

Port of Anketell

This planned multi-user port 30km east of Karratha will enable independent resource companies to access the strategic infrastructure required to export directly out of the Pilbara.   

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Karratha Health Campus

In 2018, the State Government opened the $207 million Karratha Health Campus, the largest investment in a public hospital undertaken in WA.  

The 40-bed facility has a significantly expanded emergency department, a surgical ward, and maternity wing and delivery suites. It also features expanded facilities for outpatients and essential services such as child health and medical imaging.  

The new campus provides greater healthcare to the community, strengthens the City’s position as the capital of the North West, and stimulates small businesses surrounding its CBD location.  

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Underground power

The completed Pilbara Underground Power Project provides the region with access to a robust electricity service, affording a surplus of high efficiency generation great enough to support new industry requirements.  

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NBN has been rolled out throughout the region, improving digital connectivity to homes and businesses within the City of Karratha.  

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