2019 WA Regional Tourism Conference - Roebourne and Cossack History Half Day Tour

Historic town of Cossack.

Explore the Indigenous and pioneering history of the Pilbara visiting WA’s first pearling port, Cossack, and Roebourne, the original administrative capital of the North.

Departing the Red Earth Arts Precinct (REAP) at 9am, this tour takes you to the historic town of Roebourne. Once the administrative centre for Northern WA, the tour takes in the historic Victoria Hotel, originally built in 1893 and recently restored by the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation with support from the City of Karratha. Staff at the newly opened Cultural & Tourist Centre will provide a tour of the facility and displays demonstrating aboriginal art, historical and cultural displays.

Driving through the historic town, the tour will pass the old stone gaol as we ascend to the panoramic lookout, with its reminders of the numerous Aboriginal tribes of the region looking back to their distant lands. We head off to the coast to arrive at the historic town of Cossack to explore the original museum, buildings and waterfront with a local guide to tell us the colour and stories of the pearling days.

Finally, the tour makes its way to historic Point Samson and explores the restored jetty, beaches and foreshore. An ideal spot for some whale watching where they are often sighted close to the coast. After a look around the town, we return you to Karratha arriving back at REAP at 1.30pm after an enjoyable exploration of the more historic precincts of the city of Karratha.


  • The Victoria Hotel in Roebourne
  • Old Gaol precinct
  • Roebourne lookout
  • Historic town of Cossack
  • Point Samson and the Community Hall
  • Transport

Pick-up time: 9am at Red Earth Arts Precinct 

Drop-off time: 1.30pm at Red Earth Arts Precinct 

What to bring: Sunhat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottle, camera and comfortable shoes.