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If you’re looking for amazing spots in Point Samson 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:

Point Samson

Located on the eastern tip of the Dampier Archipelago – Point Samson is the ideal spot to soak up the beauty and relax on this part of the West Pilbara Coast.


The town and the peninsula were named Point Samson as a tribute to a member of a prominent Western Australian family, Michael Samson, who accompanied Mr Walter Padbury, the district’s first settler, on his journey in 1863. Mr Samson was the second officer of the ‘Tien Tsin’ ship, and it was during the expedition to Nickol Bay that the town was named.

Contrary to the peaceful coastal town of today, Point Samson had a very active history as a busy pastoral port that handled the third-largest annual tonnage in Western Australia.

Although the town was properly established in 1908, Point Samson came to prominence in 1902 with the jetty’s construction designed to service larger and newer vessels to service Roebourne, the then prospering town of Wittenoom and the developing community of Wickham.

Almost 1,900 feet long, much of the original ‘T-head’ jetty was destroyed in a cyclone in 1925. The remains were only used until the 1980s after it was irreparably damaged by Cyclone Orson in 1989 and later completely removed in 1991. A small section was rebuilt in memory of its significant role in the town’s past.


Excellent accommodation options, all strategically close to great fishing and snorkelling spots and sandy beaches, such as John’s Creek, Point Samson Beach, and Honeymoon Cove.

Jarman Island Lighthouse

Built in 1888, the lighthouse played a significant role in the northwest region’s development. After serving the Port of Cossack and sitting in the harbour until it could no longer service large ships in 1902, the lighthouse served the new port at Point Samson until 1904. The Cape Lambert Lighthouse then took over in 1985.

Two lighthouse keepers had to live inland to wind the lamp every two hours until the lighthouse was automated in 1907.

While the lighthouse keepers’ quarters were left abandoned, the lighthouse was restored in 2003.

Whim Creek

Once a thriving town established to service copper and gold mines in the region, the place is still a welcome stop on the North West Coastal Highway.

Point Samson Fishing

Point Samson is known as a base for the commercial fishing fleet with numerous recreational fishing spots.

Recreational fishers can use the boat ramp and the rock groynes at the Johns Creek Boat Harbour for some good land-based fishing. Honeymoon Cove is another popular spot. Facilities at the harbour include a car parking lot and a public toilet.

Staircase to the Moon

To see is to believe! Taking place along the Pilbara and Kimberley Coastlines, the magic happens when a full moon rises across exposed tidal flats, creating an impression of a staircase leading to the moon. The Point Samson Peninsula offers a spectacular view of this amazing natural phenomenon from the viewing platform.

Fun Facts

Distance from Perth: 1,579 km
Population: 249
Postcode: 6720
Founded: 1908

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