City of Karratha

Cities and towns

Point Samson

Point Samson is a small coastal settlement 1,579 km north of Perth and 18 km north of Roebourne in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The town is a popular holiday location for the nearby mining towns, including Wickham, Karratha and Dampier.

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Located in Western Australia's City of Karratha, Wickham is a fascinating historic town boasting pristine sandy beaches and excellent fishing spots. The town was named after the captain of the HMS Beagle, John C. Wickham, who surveyed the North West Coast in 1840. Wickham has since become a prominent mining town with a population in excess of 1,600 people.

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Roebourne, in the North West of Western Australia (WA), gazetted a town in 1866, is the oldest town between Geraldton and Darwin and is situated 30 kilometres east of Karratha. Many fine old stone buildings still remain as a constant reminder of the early years.

Roebourne was named after Sir John Septimus Roe, the first Surveyor General in Western Australia in 1864.

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The City of Karratha is located in the dynamic Pilbara region of north Western Australia, encompassing the towns of Karratha, Roebourne, Dampier, Cossack, Wickham and Point Samson. The region is the engine of Australia’s economic growth. With a range of lifestyle attributes and business opportunities, it is an ideal place to visit, invest, relocate or build a career.

Located 1,535 kilometres north of Perth on the North West Coastal Highway, it is situated right in the heart of the Central Pilbara Coast.

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Located just 20 kilometres west of Karratha, the pretty port town of Dampier is named after the English buccaneer William Dampier, who visited in 1688. Built by Hamersley Iron in 1965, it’s the largest tonnage shipping port in Australia and houses the massive export facilities of Hamersley Iron, Dampier Salt and the North West Gas Shelf Project. You can join a Pilbara Iron Port facility tour and learn all about the crushing, stockpiling and loading processes.

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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.

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