The port town of Dampier was built in the 1960’s as a service port for the Hamersley Iron Company as an export point for the huge Iron ore deposits being mined hundreds of miles inland and for industrial salt. The area was named after the English buccaneer and explorer William Dampier and the Islands off shore were rich pearling and whaling grounds. Some of these Islands are home to outstanding Aboriginal rock art. The town is once again booming as the giant natural gas deposits of the North West Shelf are piped ashore to the nearby Burrup Peninsula and exported as liquefied natural gas or piped thousands of Km’s south to supply Perth households and industry. Dampier is just 20 Km’s from Karratha. There are Daily flights from Perth and Broome.