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If you’re looking for amazing spots in Dampier where you can book accommodation for all budgets, indulge in savoury takeaways to great dining experiences, discover captivating attractions, and experience different activities, these are some of the places to visit:


Located 20 km west of Karratha and 1,533 km north of Perth, the pretty port town was named after the famous English sailor and buccaneer William Dampier, who visited in 1688.


On 21 August 1699, William Dampier reached the islands known as the Dampier Archipelago.

In 1965, Dampier was constructed by Hamersley Iron as a port and processing centre to meet the needs of the Hamersley Iron mining operations at Tom Price and Paraburdoo. Dampier is now the largest tonnage shipping port in Australia. Today, the town is home to the massive export facilities of Hamersley Iron, Dampier Salt, and the North West Gas Shelf Project.


There are 42 islands and islets in the Dampier Archipelago. It’s a haven of coral reefs, sponge gardens, and more than 650 species of fish. The archipelago is also home to green, hawksbill, and flatback turtles that nest on its beaches. Dugongs, whales and dolphins have also been spotted in surrounding waters. Island wildlife includes wader birds and wallabies.

Dampier Foreshore

The place has shaded picnic areas and pedestrian walkways where people can walk along the palm tree-lined Esplanade and swim at Shark Cage Beach and Hampton Harbour Beach.

A public boat ramp is located near Windy Ridge Beach and is accessible via Ian Williams Crescent off The Esplanade. There’s also a covered information shelter with maps of Hampton Harbour and the archipelago.

Roaming with Red Dog Trail

The Roaming with Red Dog trail is a grade 2 self-drive and walking path that takes you to some of Red Dog’s favourite spots around town.

Montebello Islands

Montebello Islands is located off the Pilbara Coast west of Dampier and north of Onslow. Covering more than 58,000 hectares of ocean, the Marine Park is rich in natural marine diversity and human history. What’s more, there are over 250 low-lying limestone islands and islets.

Despite the poor accessibility of the area, many people are still attracted to its coral reefs, colourful tropical fish, wildlife and maritime heritage. The only way into the Montebello Islands is by boat, with Fishing charters operating from Karratha.

Murujuga National Park (Burrup Peninsula)

The national park and the islands of the archipelago showcase what’s considered the highest concentration of rock engravings of any known site in the world. Its situated northeast of the town of Dampier, and access is via the Burrup Road, off the Dampier Highway.

Fun Facts

Distance from Perth: 1,533 km
Population: 1,275
Postcode: 6713
Founded: 1965

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