Roebourne Anglican Church, Roebourne Visitor Centre

Population 853

Named after John Septimus Roe, Western Australia's first surveyor-general, Roebourne was established in 1866 and is the oldest town on the north-west coast. As the centre for early mining and pastoral industries in the Pilbara, it was connected by tramway to the pearling port of Cossack and later to Point Samson. Now Cossack is a ghost town and Point Samson is known for its beachside pleasures.

Visitor Information

Old Gaol, 5 Queens St; (08) 9182 1060

Nearby national parks

  • Millstream Chichester National Park

    Millstream–Chichester National Park in the western Pilbara protects two very different landscapes: in the north lies the rocky,...more

  • Karijini National Park

    Set in the Hamersley Range in the heart of the Pilbara, the vast Karijini National Park is an ancient landscape of massive mountains and...more

Nearby towns

  • Karratha

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  • Port Hedland

    Port Hedland was named after Captain Peter Hedland, who reached this deep-water harbour in 1863. An iron-ore boom that began in the early...more

  • Tom Price

    The huge iron-ore deposit now known as Mount Tom Price was discovered in 1962 in the heart of the Pilbara, after which the Hamersley Iron...more

In Town

Historic buildings: some original stone buildings remain, many of which have been classified by the National Trust. The Old Gaol, designed by the well-known colonial architect George Temple Poole, now operates as the visitor centre and museum; Queen St.

Mt Welcome: offers views of the coastal plains and rugged hills surrounding town. Spot the railroad from Cape Lambert to Pannawonica, and the pipeline carrying water from Millstream to Wickham and Cape Lambert; Fisher Dr.


Cossack Originally named Tien Tsin after the boat that brought the first settlers there in 1863, Cossack was the first port in the north-west region. During its days as a pearling centre in the late 1800s the population increased dramatically. Although now a ghost town, the beautiful stone buildings have been restored and 9 are classified by the National Trust. The old post office houses a gallery and the courthouse has a museum, while the police barracks offer budget accommodation. Cruises are available from the wharf. 14 km N.

Wickham: the company town for Robe River Iron Ore offers a spectacular view from Tank Hill lookout; tours available; 12 km N.

Pt Samson: good fishing, swimming, snorkelling and diving. Boat hire, whale-watching and fishing charters are available; 19 km N.

Cleaverville: camping and fishing; 25 km N.

Harding Dam: ideal picnic spot; 27 km S.

Millstream–Chichester National Park: see Karratha, 150 km S.

Emma Withnell Heritage Trail: 52 km historic self-drive trail, named after the first European woman in the north-west, takes in Roebourne, Cossack, Wickham and Pt Samson; map available at visitor centre.

Tours: include historic Pearls and Past tour and trips to Jarman Island; contact visitor centre for details.

Fishing spots near town

Dampier 51 km

More than 1500 km north of Perth (and still 850 km south of Broome), the Dampier Archipelago is a maze of 42 islands off the coast of Dampier, within reach of small boats. Marlin, sailfish, Spanish mackerel, yellowfin,... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

TaTa’s Restaurant

In the Point Samson Resort, diners at TaTa’s Restaurant chill out in typically leisurely Western Australian fashion. Offering an à la carte menu, the cafe serves international cuisine including hearty steaks... Find out more

Campsites around town

Cleaverville Beach camping area 19 km

Cleaverville camping area is an ideal spot for self-sufficient campers who enjoy the beach. Visitors will find dispersed sites in a large area behind the dunes on the foreshore of a pristine beach, which offers good... Find out more

Dampier Transit Caravan Park 47 km

Dampier is one of those pivotal places where visitors begin to get a handle on the ancient ark that is Australia. Large, shell middens and magnificent rock art are found throughout the area; the significant, prehistoric... Find out more

Dampier Archipelago camping areas (boat-based camping) 57 km

This string of 42 islands off the Dampier coast is home to a large and diverse range of marine species, making it one of WA’s best diving and snorkelling spots. With 25 of the islands protected as part of the... Find out more

Balla Balla (Bulla Bulla) camping area 67 km

This small camping area is 20 km north of North West Coastal Hwy, set among trees on the river. It suits self-sufficient campers who enjoy fishing. You need to bring firewood, drinking water and, preferably, a portable... Find out more

Forty Mile Beach camping area 84 km

Forty Mile camping area is 83 km south-west of Roebourne via the North West Coastal Hwy, followed by a further 13 km north. The large open camping area is in the dunes on the foreshore. There are no facilities here, but... Find out more

Crossing Pool camping area 89 km

Crossing Pool camping area has a good range of facilities around large, shady gum trees on the banks of the Fortescue River; a great spot for fishing, swimming and canoeing. Bring drinking water with you. It’s on... Find out more

Miliyanah camping area 91 km

Bring your own drinking water to Miliyanah camping area. It is opposite the park visitor centre, and offers a good range of facilities in a bush setting.... Find out more

Stargazers camping area 93 km

This area is an overflow campsite with only basic facilities; come equipped with drinking water. The camping area is on Snappy Gum Dr, north of the Millstream–Yarraloola Rd. It is on the western side of the... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

The Cove Caravan Park 16 km

A sparkling newer park by the coast, this place is proving very popular as a tourist destination in the quiet seaside community of Point Samson. There are good amenities and these are still expanding. Bookings are... Find out more

Dampier Transit Caravan Park 47 km

A small park with about 20 sites, this place is operated by the Dampier community and there is a three-night maximum stay. The park is across the road from the water and within sight of Hamersley Iron’s Parker... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Amani Cottage

With sea views, Amani Cottage is ideally situated to enjoy the beach and its many delights, including the harbour and seafood restaurants. Fully self-contained, the cottage includes air-conditioning, is comfortably... Find out more

Point Samson Resort

Point Samson is possibly one of the last unspoilt places on earth. Thirty minutes from Karratha and just metres from the Indian Ocean, the resort hosts self-contained units and deluxe spa units. Set amongst tropical... Find out more

Samson Beach Chalets

Situated in Point Samson, the Samson Beach Chalets are beautifully presented. Some are self-contained and include extras like outdoor showers, air-conditioning and internet access. The beach is nearby or you could just... Find out more

Samson Hideaway

This holiday house is located in the centre of town and close to amenities, cafes and golf course, with the beach just a skip away. Comfortably decorated, the Samson Hideaway includes two bedrooms, air-conditioning and... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Cleaverville Beach camping area 20 km

T/O 13km W of Roebourne (R) or 28km E of Karratha Roadhouse (L)

On the foreshore 13km (unsealed) north of the highway. Camping is permitted May to Sept only.

Miaree Pool rest area 56 km

20km SW of Karratha Roadhouse (L) or 77km N of Fortescue (R)

Well off the highway on the banks of the Maitland River.

Forty Mile Beach camping area 83 km

T/O 41km S of Karratha Roadhouse (R) or 56km N of Fortescue (L)

Among dunes 9km (unsealed) west of the highway. Camping permitted Apr to Oct only.

Peawah rest area 96 km

92km SW of Port Hedland (R) or 26km NE of Whim Creek (L)

Just off the highway on a riverbank.

What's on around town

Roebourne Cup: July.

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