Cossack campground to get 50 more nature-based campsites

Brianna DuganPilbara News
Cossack, in the Pilbara, from Tien Tsin Lookout.
Camera IconCossack, in the Pilbara, from Tien Tsin Lookout. Credit: Stephen Scourfield/The West Australian

An extra 50 campsites will be added to the popular tourist destination Cossack in a bid to entice holiday-goers to the area.

The historic ghost town, located 15km out of Roebourne, will gain dozens more nature-based campsites in a matter of weeks to months.

The Department of Planning, Land and Heritage approved the use of land at the popular destination, which is 45 minutes from Karratha.

Galbagu chief executive officer Bruce Jorgensen said the added sites will prevent Cossack from turning away campers, adding that every day last season people had to be turned away during the peak period.

“As we continue to create more activities and attractions in the townsite, more and more tourists are coming along to have an enjoyable experience,” he said.

“(The 50 sites) raise awareness and greater activation of the site, more people get involved with the great activities we have on offer at Cossack, like our excellent cafe and gallery.”

The once vibrant town was host to thousands of people digging for gold during the State’s pearling and gold mining boom.

By 1910 the town was dissolved and later abandoned in 1950.

More than 50 campsites will be located at the picturesque holiday destination, which is known for its incredible fishing spots and restored heritage buildings.

The land is fully self-contained and nature-based meaning campers will need to bring their own portable toilet and grey water collection.

Cossack, like most self-sufficient campsites, has a maximum three-night stay because the nearest dumping site is more than 50km away in Karratha.

Further to the additional sites, Cossack also received heritage funding which will allow owners to put up signage and do work in the area.

“It will enable us to provide resources for visitors to explore the sites of Aboriginal significance, which is the world’s oldest continuous culture,” Mr Jorgensen said.

“This forms part of our larger plans to be a site of truth telling.”

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