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Karratha Airport opened its doors in 1983, was completely refurbished 1998 and is one of the biggest airports in all of Australia. The aborigines say Karratha in their language refers to .good country.. Karratha. When aussies talk of mining, many of them mention Karratha . it.s growth came from various mining companies who needed room for homes and families. Actually the Europeans had problems being comfortable and moved on quickly, because the climate is a bit tough on human beings. There are many who have learned to love this town and call it home with pride.
Swimming pools are a dime a dozen and air conditioning is probably the one thing outside pools that make living in Karratha bearable. It has more than its share of severe storms, but the community continues to grow. As mentioned the Karrath Airport is one of the biggest and offers car hire, and other transportation services within the confines of the airport.
The best way to save money and time is to get your car hire at the same time you schedule a flight to Karratha. Once you land there are good sleeping accomodations, and truly a diversified selection of restaurants including fast foods.
If you come in August, catch the Fenaclng Festival, which is a great celebration in honor of the mining companies. Betcha, think I spelled the first name of the Festival incorrectly, but remember I mentioned miners. The (FE) stands for iron, the (NACL) for salt, (LNG) liquefied natural gas so now you see where the word Fenaclng came from . just a wee bit of history for those who dig the unusual.
The Aborigines were the only people who stayed in Karratha since it.s birth, many people just couldn.t hack the harsh environment . the town is loaded with great history of the Aborigines. You.ll enjoy the conveniences at the airport and if you forgot your car hire, stop and take care of it on the way to the baggage area.