When the town of ROEBOURNE was established in 1866 it was the first town in the North West of the state and quickly grew with five hotels and became the administration centre for the north. The need for a port soon became obvious and facilities were established at Cossack, 15km to the west at the mouth of the Harding River.
A splendid stone customs house was built which still stands today as a reminder of the states pioneering past. A visit to Cossack and Point Samson is well worthwhile and there are some excellent fishing and diving spots along the coast. Roebourne, Cossack and Point Samson may be reached by Greyhound coach or by air via Karratha.