The port of Dampier, 1573 km
(977 miles) north of
Perth is the focus of much of the activity in the
north-west, including the massive North-West Shelf Project, situated on
the nearby Burrup Peninsula. The port really got its start when Hamersley
Iron built the ore-loading facility in 1966. Today it has a population of
1900 and it is the biggest tonnage port in Australia -over 1500 ships load
a total of over 60 million tonnes of iron ore here annually, from mines as
far away as Tom Price, Paraburdoo, Brockman, and the new mine at Marandoo.
Large quantities of salt, gas and condensate also pass through the port.
William Dampier in 1688. Its major
attractions and recreational activities centre around these islands, which
have a fascinating history of shipwrecks, whaling, pearling and farming.
Nowadays the islands are mainly reserves.
The town takes its name from the nearby Dampier Archipelago, a group of 42
islands first visited and named by
On the Burrup Peninsula there is one of the best collections of Aboriginal
rock engravings -there could hardly be a more spectacular setting for this
The diving around the coast is good, and the fishing fantastic. You can
expect to catch a good range of fish, from big tuna, coral trout, red
emperor, giant trevally, cobia and more. The annual Dampier Classic and
Game Fishing Classic are held on the first weekend in August.