Looking for a change of scenery? Karratha is calling
Pristine beaches, red-hued earth, natural swimming pools, deep gorges – Karratha is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful spots in the state, so it’s no surprise more people from all over Australia are packing their bags and making it a permanent residence.
The growing city combines an outdoors lifestyle and first-class amenities that are unlike what you can find anywhere else, and with local businesses expanding and job prospects bursting at the seams, it’s no wonder people find the lifestyle here second to none.
Here is what you can expect when you live in Karratha.
New adventures around every corner
Karratha is the ultimate playground for adventure seekers and life lovers.
You can spend your day at Millstream Chichester National Park exploring tree-lined watering holes and gorges or head five hours out of town on your weekend to visit the magical red cliff faces and natural pools of Karijini National Park.
If being out on the ocean is your calling, you’ve got the richest area of marine biodiversity known in WA right on your doorstep at Dampier Archipelago. This chain of untouched islands boasts pristine white sand beaches and some of the best snorkeling you can’t find elsewhere.
The food and dining scene has also had a major glow up over the past few years, with plenty of new cafes and restaurants to discover on your weekly date night or family dinner.
An unbeatable work-life balance
Searching for a job is tough.
You want to find something with a great work-life balance, but you don’t want to compromise your salary or opportunities. Finding the perfect fit can seem near impossible, so maybe it’s time to cast your net wider.
Karratha is an absolute hot spot for job opportunities, with the lowest unemployment rate in Australia. And it’s not just for mining – in fact, of the more than 13,000 local jobs, only a third are in mining.
This is a place where you can be finished by 3:45 and out on the boat by 4 with a rod in hand and a beverage in the other. Camping, fishing, boating, and exploring will be your regular weekend and afternoon activities, and you’ll have plenty of spare time to spend with the family while still getting to excel in your dream career.
Perhaps one of the biggest selling points of a move to Karratha is the outdoors lifestyle.
It’s the shining beacon of the Pilbara region for good reason. The picturesque surroundings are unlike scenery you can find anywhere else, with a mix of vibrant reds, deep gorges, turquoise waters, and lush greenery at any given time.
A 25-minute drive out along the peninsular will take you to the shores of Hearson’s Cove where you can catch the famed ‘Staircase to the Moon’ reflecting off the tidal mudflats on the right night, or you can learn about the cultural significance of the untouched Aboriginal Rock Art in Murujuga National Park.
With plenty of sunny days and a max of 26 degrees in winter, you’ll be loving the daily outside activities that are bursting from this natural environment.
A vibrant and connected community
The community of Karratha has been welcoming more and more people from all parts of Australia with open arms, and you’ll get to be part of it.
It boasts more than 200 registered community groups, sports clubs, associations, and cultural groups while also hosting a range of social events and experiences throughout the year. Community is everything here, and friendships to last a lifetime are formed every day.
Everything is right on your doorstep
No matter where in town you decide to settle, you’ll never be far from all the necessities.
Just a 7-minute drive can take you anywhere you need to be. Whether it’s a weekly grocery shop at the supermarket, dinner at one of the many restaurants, or a day by the Indian Ocean, say goodbye to excessive trip times.
Access to growing modern facilities
Karratha is growing, and it’s growing fast.
It’s now home to a $200 million dollar health campus, the Red Earth Arts Precinct with a 476-seater theatre, and 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.
Educational offerings are also on the rise with 11 primary and high schools to choose from and one of North Regional TAFE’s largest campuses.
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