Wickham

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.

Wickham was established in 1970 by Cliffs Robe River Iron Associates with the aim of creating a processing plant for the iron ore mined at nearby Pannawonica, a port at Cape Lambert from which to ship the produce and a town to house the associated employees. Visit the beautiful Boat Beach and the Port Walcott Yacht Club, situated near the town (access is off Walcott Drive) for excellent swimming and snorkelling. A boat ramp also offers fisherman the opportunity to get out in the water and try their luck. Enjoy fine views of the town and surrounding region from Water Tank Hill lookout (off Walcott Drive). At sunset this stop provides a view like no other. Wickham Drive is home to one of Robe River's Giant Haul Pac and Locomotive both of which are great photo opportunities. Marvel at the huge 2.7 kilometre open sea wharf at Cape Lambert. One of the highest and longest open-ocean wharves in Australia. The wharf is capable of loading four major iron ore carriers at the same time.

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    Australia, Wickham, Western Australia