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Dampier, WA

Dampier is located just 30 minutes’ drive west of Karratha and is the gateway to the Dampier Archipelago, a fascinating group of 42 uninhabited islands located just off the coast.

Hearson’s Cove, a popular tidal swimming beach, is a great location for viewing the “Stairway to the Moon”, a phenomenon which occurs at full moon between May and October.

Dampier has long been established as a major shipping port and houses massive export facilities. Tours of the islands and of the industries are available.

View the massive port loading facilities, huge stock-piles of Iron Ore and see trains nearly two kilometres long whilst on a mine company tour.

Dampier offers hotels and motels, budget and backpacker accommodation and caravan parks.

Coasting the coast line

Dampier, located just 20 kilometres from Karratha, is a coastal playground for boating, sailing, fishing, diving, windsurfing and swimming.
The town takes its name from the Dampier Archipelago, a group of 42 islands that hug the central Pilbara coast. These rocky islets – known for their stark beauty and crystal clear waters – were named after the English buccaneer William Dampier who sailed around the area in 1688.
The archipelago was formed 6,000 to 8,000 years ago, when melting ice caps caused the sea level to rise. They vary in size from rocks less than one hectare to Enderby Island, the largest, at 3,900 hectares. Dolphin Island is the highest, rising 120 metres above sea level. Visitors can sail around them and be dropped off to explore, though many of the islands are protected seabird and turtle nesting sites and closed to the public.
Game fishing around here is extremely popular, and the annual Dampier Classic competition is held in early August each year. Other things to do include scuba diving off the local wrecks and cruising the waters in search of dolphins.
Throughout the area you can find the remnants of old Aboriginal campsites, as well as large shell middens – mounds of oyster shells thrown away after tens of thousands of meals. The Burrup Peninsula, a few kilometres from the centre of Dampier, is the site of some 10,000 Aboriginal rock engravings.

Nearest Airport: Karratha

Dampier Map

Popular Activities

  • Beach
  • Fishing

About Dampier

  • Locality: Urban locality
  • Dampier Postcode: 6713
  • State: Western Australia
  • Region: Exmouth & the Coral Coast
  • Latitude: -20.66173
  • Longitude: 116.70708
  • Elevation: 15m
  • Population: 1104
  • Median Income: $79300
  • Area (Sq/km): 9.821
  • Timezone: Australia/Perth

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