Roebourne Visitor Centre Pilbara

Roebourne, located 30 kilometres east of Karratha in Western Australia's Pilbara region, is the oldest town between Geraldton and Darwin.


Established in 1866 and named after the first Western Australian surveyor, General John Septimus Roe, Roebourne is the oldest town between Geraldton and Darwin. Once the administrative centre of the North West, its restored heritage stone buildings speak to its earlier prosperity and include some designed by renowned Public Works Department Architect George Temple Poole. Of note is the octagonal shape gaol, which now houses the visitor centre and historical museum


  • Discover the stories of Roebourne on the Heritage Trail – a 5km or 8km self-guided walk or drive taking in the most significant historical sites of the town including the Union Bank - the first official bank building in the North West. Call into the Roebourne Visitor Centre to pick up a trail map or download a copy here.
  • Follow the Emma Withnell Heritage Trail, a 52km drive to Cossack that commemorates the ‘first lady of the Pilbara’. The Withnell family were the first settlers in the area, establishing themselves at the foot of Mt Welcome where the homestead can still be seen.
  • For a guided tour, join the Port to Port Tour which takes in Roebourne, Cossack and the iron ore loading facility at Cape Lambert - long pants, long sleeve collared shirt and closed in shoes are required. Contact the Roebourne Visitor Centre for more information.
  • See some local Aboriginal art from the talented artists at work in the art galleries.

For tour information contact the Roebourne Visitor Centre.

How to get there

Roebourne is located 1563km north of Perth and 38km east of Karratha, and is reached via the North West Coastal Highway. 



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