City of Karratha

Cossack Heritage Trail

Cossack is a historic ghost town located 1,480 km north of Perth within the City of Karratha.

Cossack Heritage Trail

Cossack is a historic ghost town located 1,480 km north of Perth within the City of Karratha. The carefully maintained remnants of this early settlement include some of the oldest buildings in Western Australia positioned on the waters of the Butcher Inlet.

Originally named “Tien Tsin” after the boat which carried the first settlers to the region in 1863, the town was once the Northwest’s main shipping port. The township was then renamed Cossack after the warship which carried the State’s governor, Frederick Weld to the Pilbara in 1871.

The Cossack Trail

The trail guides visitors to key significant features in Cossack spread over a distance of 5 km. Participants have the option to walk or drive the trail depending on your preference. However, please bear in mind that it does get very hot in the Pilbara and there are no designated watering stations or shade.

Download the Cossack Heritage Trail brochure (1mb PDF)

Facilities

While Cossack no longer supports a resident population, the following facilities and services are available:

  • Backpacker accommodation including shared TV, kitchen and bathroom facilities;
  • Venue hire suitable for weddings and special occasions;
  • Recreational activities include kayaking and Staircase to the Moon as well as observing estuarine wildlife including birds, turtles, mudskippers etc.

For further details regarding facilities and activities available contact Cossack caretakers on 0408 937 677.

Events

Cossack periodically hosts public events such as the Cossack Art Awards usually in late July and early August.  View current events on our Events Calendar.

Cossack History

Additional information on Cossack’s unique history can be obtained from the Karratha Visitor Centre and Local History Centre.

Karratha Visitor Centre: (08) 9144 4600

Local History Centre: (08) 9186 8660