Located just 20 kilometres west of Karratha, the pretty port town of Dampier is named after the English buccaneer William Dampier, who visited in 1688.
Built by Hamersley Iron in 1965, it’s the largest tonnage shipping port in Australia and houses the massive export facilities of Hamersley Iron, Dampier Salt and the North West Gas Shelf Project.
You can join a Pilbara Iron Port facility tour and learn all about the crushing, stockpiling and loading processes.
Dampier is also the departure point for day cruises to the spectacular Dampier Archipelago. Don’t miss the memorial to ‘Red Dog’ on the way into town, and follow the Red Dog Trail to discover more about the North West’s favourite canine and his remarkable story.