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Cossack, WA

Nestled at the mouth of the Harding River near Roebourne, Cossack beckons the traveller and offers a unique glimpse into the past. The town features many fine stone buildings, which have been fully restored and now offer an array of services designed to make the visitors stay informative and memorable.

Cossack was the first port in the North West servicing growing pastoral industry. It played host to thousands of people seeking their fortunes in the Pilbara gold rush. Cossack was also the home of the fast growing pearling industry. It was after the Cossack pearling grounds were fished out that the pearling fleet moved further north to Broome.

Cossacks growth was spread over forty years, however its decline was more rapid. By 1900 the pearling fleet had moved to Broome, the gold rush had diminished, vessels became larger and the Cossck port was no longer suitable as a harbour. In 1904 a jetty was established at Point Samson and all shipping movements were relocated there. Cossack had lost her position as the most important port in the Northwest.

The Municipality of Cossack was dissolved in 1910, however, people still lived in the town until after World War II. The town was abandoned by 1950. Now Cossack offers the visitor a pleasant stay at the Backpackers and an ideal location from which to explore nearby Jarman Island, enjoy the seven unique species of mangroves or take a stroll along Settlers Beach and Witness a wondrous Pilbara Sunset.

Nearest Airport: Karratha

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About Cossack

  • Locality: Rural locality
  • Cossack Postcode: 6720
  • State: Western Australia
  • Region: Exmouth & the Coral Coast
  • Latitude: -20.67833
  • Longitude: 117.18861
  • Elevation: 10m
  • Area (Sq/km): 21.138
  • Timezone: Australia/Perth

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