Things to See and Do
Near Baynton, Western Australia, Australia
World class fishing, boating and snorkeling is just a short drive from our holiday park at the Dampier Archipelago. Take a tour or visit the various walking trails to discover indigenous artwork dating back hundreds of years. Visit Millstream or Karijini National Park, swim or hike the many gorges and be left awestruck by its natural beauty. Read the story of Red Dog and visit his famous statue. You…
World class fishing, boating and snorkeling is just a short drive from our holiday park at the Dampier Archipelago. Take a tour or visit the various walking trails to discover indigenous artwork dating back hundreds of years. Visit Millstream or Karijini National Park, swim or hike the many gorges and be left awestruck by its natural beauty. Read the story of Red Dog and visit his famous statue. You will be surprised just how much the Pilbara region has to offer and find yourself not wanting to leave.
Featured Things to See and Do
Distance is calculated point-to-point. If landmarks, waterways or rivers are nearby, the distance may be further by road.
Millstream Chichester National Park
The Park attracts over 20 000 visitors each year. The best time to visit is between May and August when daytime temperatures are warm and there is little rain. Python Pool, easily accessible by road , holds fresh water year 'round and offers great swimming. Please check with the Karratha Visitor Centre for updates on road accessibility and suggestions for day tours within the park.
Karijini National Park
Overing 627,422 hectares just north of the Tropic of Capricorn in the Hamersley Range, Karijini National Park is Western Australia’s second largest park. Its climate can best be described as tropical semi-desert. A highly variable, mainly summer rainfall of 250–350 mm, often associated with thunderstorms and cyclones, is accompanied by temperatures frequently topping 40 degrees Celsius. The ideal times to visit the park are late autumn, winter and early spring. Winter days are warm and clear, but nights are cold and sometimes frosty.
Located on the Burrup Peninsula between Karratha and Dampier is an ideal location to view the "Stairway to the Moon" between May through to October.
30km south of Karratha on the coastal highway is the Maitland River and Miaree Pool. Miaree Pool is 30km south of Karratha on the coastal highway is the Maitland River and Miaree Pool.
Dampier & Burrup Petroglyphs
The largest collection of Indigenous rock art can be found in numerous locations in the Dampier Archipelago and in deep canyon at Burrup. For information on locations, please visit the Karratha or Dampier visitor centres
North West Shelf Gas Project Visitors Centre
Features a viewing of the plant with models of the operation. Regular screenings of films of the operation also run in the theatrette.
The Dampier Archipelago
You need to stop for a swim and a snorkel at the The Dampier Archipelago. This area is made up of 42 islands, islets and rocks, with over half of them protected by the Dampier Archipelago Marine Park, meaning they are mostly untouched by man. Who can say no to that sort of beauty? Dugongs, manta rays, dolphins and humpback whales are regulars to this part of the coast, giving you something amazing to write home about.
Historic Town of Cossack
Located 15km from Roebourne, Cossack is an historic ghost town at the mouth of the Harding River. Visit the nine historic buildings, the cemetery and gain an insight into the regions maritime and pastoral heritage.
Point Samson is one of Western Australia's best kept secrets. Amazing fishing located at the eastern tip of the Dampier Archipelago.
The Pilbara is teeming with yellow native hibiscus, bluebells, sticky cassia, mulla mulla, native fuschias and many more.
Burrup Peninsula – Rio Tinto Port (on your way to the park)
A must do while you are in the Pilbara is the fantastic Pilbara Resources Tour! The tour includes a look behind the scenes at Rio Tinto Cape Lambert Operations, a Cossack heritage town walk-through and lunch at Port Walcott Yacht Club. Closed in shoes, long sleeve collared shirt and long pants are a must, safety glasses are provided. Bookings are essential.
Cossack Heritage Trail
Learn about the men and women who came to the Pilbara region over 150 years ago and how they shaped Australia into the country it is today. This 6km ghost town was once host to thousands of people, and offers a fascinating insight into the Pilbara’s history. See the old ruins and learn of miners trying to find their fortune in pearling and gold mining.
Dampier & Red Dog
Find out why the whole of the Pilbara fell in love with a red Kelpie/Cattle Dog. Red Dog was a member of the Dampier Salts Sport and Social Club and the Trade Worker’s Union, and even had a bank account. Once you have paid your respects at the Red Dog memorial, make your way to the Dampier Archipelago, a chain of 42 coastal islands, islets and rocks. Here you will find coral reefs to dive, 10, 000 year old rock engravings and glimpses of the local wildlife.
Staircase to the Moon
This natural phenomenon occurs when the full moon rises over the exposed mudflats of Roebuck Bay at extremely low tide, creating the optical illusion of a staircase reaching for the moon. The staircase occurs three nights each month from March to October.
Yaburara Heritage Trail
Take plenty of water when you begin this 3.5km Heritage Trail as there is nowhere to fill your bottle up along the way. If you only have a short time to offer and can’t commit to the entire trail, head to the water tank hill behind the visitor centre and climb up to the nearest lookout. Here you will be faced with endless views of the land. Keep an eye out for the Aboriginal rock art that is scattered around you