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Located at the mouth of the Harding River on the coastal strip between Point Samson and Dampier, Cossack is an ideal base to start your Pilbara adventure.

Accommodation bookings can be made by phoning Cossack Caretakers on 0488 364 587 or emailing

Cossack and surrounds

Step back in time and follow in the footsteps of the early settlers who came to the Pilbara in search of their fortune.  Marvel at the beauty of the century-old bluestone buildings, stroll along the unspoilt shores of Settlers Beach or discover the region’s rich history on the Cossack Heritage Trail.

Located at the mouth of the Harding River on the coastal strip between Point Samson and Dampier, Cossack is an ideal base to start your Pilbara adventure with easy day trips to:

  • Roebourne to view the work of talented local indigenous artists or visit the old gaol and museum;

  • Karratha to browse through the modern shopping centre or enjoy a bite to eat at one of its popular cafes;

  • Burrup Peninsula to visit the world’s oldest outdoor rock art gallery;

  • Wickham to restock with food supplies or even throw a line in; and

  • Point Samson to sample some of WA’s best fish and chips or treat yourself to a fine dining experience at one of its renowned restaurants.


Cossack Tourist Precinct

If you want to stay close to home, there is plenty to keep you busy in Cossack with some of the region’s best swimming, boating and crabbing experiences right on your doorstep.  Settlers Beach or Sandy Beach are the preferred swimming spots for locals, while bream are a common catch off the old fishing wharf. 

The six-kilometre Cossack Heritage Trail offers a unique glimpse into the North West’s colonial past.  The trail will take you past old sites and original stone buildings—eight of which have been restored.  The Cossack Heritage Trail is a great way to discover how the people of Cossack lived and worked more than 100 years ago.


Cossack Art Awards

Each July the historic town of Cossack comes alive with the work of hundreds of talented artists for Australia’s richest regional art award—the Cossack Art Awards.  Attracting thousands of visitors each year, its vibrant entries dress the walls of the heritage listed Bond Store for a three week exhibition period.

The Cossack Art Awards is an energetic annual event that rewards excellence in artwork by artists Australia-wide and celebrates the vibrancy of the cultural scene in the region. 



Our accommodation is basic but quiet and clean with wide verandahs and sweeping views of Cossack.  Our five rooms sleep from one to five persons, with three to four couples as the usual occupancy. This bodes well for a quiet, relaxing stay.

Bedding is supplied, with a fully-equipped shared kitchen and two modern share bathrooms available.  An enclosed verandah has a TV and dining area, with a barbecue area located a few steps from the back door.

Our accommodation is short-term stay and bookings are essential to avoid disappointment.

Booking are accepted during the high season from April to December, at $120 per night.

Credit and debit cards accepted.

Room typesDouble (sleeps two)
Twin (sleeps two)
Family (sleeps five)


Venue Hire

The courtyard and historic Bond Store can be hired out as a unique venue for private functions. Contact the caretaker for information and hire charges.

Getting there

From Karratha, Cossack is an easy 50 kilometre drive along the North West Coastal Highway, turning left on the Roebourne to Point Samson Road before following Cossack Road through the muddy mangrove flats into the heart of the historic town.

Further information

For more information about the Cossack Budget Accommodation or to book a room, contact the Cossack Caretakers on 0488 364 587 or email