Historic Sites and Buildings

View the remarkable historical buildings of the oldest ports and outback settlements of Australia’s North West. Check out the world’s oldest operating picture gardens and wander through the ruins of remote police outposts.


Cossack, on Point Samson Peninsula offers a unique look at our colonial past, with nine of the original buildings fully restored.  Today, the old Bonds Store showcases the work of local Indigenous artists, the Old Police Barracks offers hostel accommodation and the restored Customs Building hosts a modern café.

Old Gaols of Derby and Roebourne

The Old Roebourne Gaol is now the home of the Roebourne Tourist Bureau. This heritage-listed building allows visitors to experience life as a prisoner in the days of our colonial past.

The restored Old Derby Gaol is a also a striking reminder of these times, and is the oldest building in the town built in 1906.

Sun Picture Theatre

Broome’s Sun Picture Theatre is officially the world’s oldest operating outdoor picture theatre. It opened its doors back in 1916 and blockbuster movies still pack the deckchairs night after night.

Lillimilura Police Station (ruins)

Located in Windjana Gorge National Park, the Lillimilura Police Station was built in 1884 as the homestead for the King Sound Pastoral Company. It was here that the Indigenous resistance leader, Jandamarra, began his ill-fated attempt to drive the white invaders from his homeland.

Sacred Heart Church, Beagle Bay

Built in 1915 by the local Indigenous people and Pallottine Monks, the beautiful Sacred Heart Church on the Dampier Peninsula boasts a remarkable alter decorated with mother of pearl shell.

Afghan Cemetery

This Wyndham cemetery contains the old graves of Afghan Camel drivers who carried supplies all over the region, providing the first freight service in the Kimberley. All the gravestones face east, toward Mecca.

See the History and culture section for more information about Indigenous history, explorers and pioneers, pearling and mining and natural history.



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