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Dampier Archipelago, Pilbara

If coastal relaxation is your idea of a perfect getaway, look no further than the raw beauty of the Pilbara Coast.

With 42 islands and islets of the Dampier Archipelago to explore, chances of you running into another person are minimal, giving you the opportunity to unwind and discover the coast’s untamed wilderness.

The archipelago is a haven of coral reefs, sponge gardens and more than 650 species of fish.  It is also home to green, hawksbill, and flatback turtles that nest on its beaches.  Dugongs, whales and dolphins have also been spotted in surrounding waters. Island wildlife includes wader birds and wallabies.

Enjoy a tour, dive, snorkel or while away the hours on your boat amongst the islands, 25 which are nature reserves.  Many of the islands lend themselves to day trips and  while there are no facilities, camping is permitted on some of the islands such as Enderby, Eaglehawk, Dolphin and Gidley Island.

While the wildlife is the star of the archipelago, the people of the Pilbara provide a colourful social history to the area, one example being the captivating story behind Sam’s Island, originally known as Tidepole Island.

Sam arrived in the Pilbara in 1965 and local lore suggests that Sam’s first visit to the island was on a makeshift raft,  where he found himself stranded for a few days. His fondness for this island inspired him to construct a castle, carting materials from the mainland.  Hamersley Iron gave Sam a gentleman’s lease and in 2005 when he passed away he was buried on the island with his beloved cat.

How to get there.

The islands lie within a 45km radius of the town of Dampier on the Pilbara Coast.  Public boat ramps are located at Dampier, Karratha Back Beach, Johns Creek, Point Samson and Cossack. There are no facilities on the islands.

Discovery Cruising
Offering tours to Dampier's Archipelago islands for diving, swimming, beach combing & significant sites. Let Skipper Brad give you a memorable day aboard 'Blue Marlin' More information and bookings.

Ngurrangga Tours Burrup
Ngurrangga Tours

Clinton started Ngurrangga Tours to educate and immerse people in the ways of his culture and history. ​Ngurrangga Tours offers visitors a unique experience of the Pilbara through the eyes of a traditional owner. More information and bookings.

Ibis Style Karratha
Ibis Styles Karratha
Just a short stroll from town, this friendly hotel has comfortable rooms, a pool, BBQ area, bottle shop and a bistro providing pleasant al fresco dining. More information and bookings.

The Ranges Karratha
Offering fullly self-contained luxury one bedroom apartments with king bed with ensuite bathroom, large screen TV and separate kitchen/meals area, Free WiFi & Foxtel. More information and bookings.

Casey Australia Tours
Casey Australia Tours
Tour in safety and comfort to the Pilbara including Karijini National Park, Marble Bar, Karratha and Millstream National Park.  More information and bookings.


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