Roebourne, Western Australia

Roebourne is a Western Australian city from the time of the gold rush in the 19th century.


Roebourne is located in the Pilbara region in Western Australia and is the administrative center of the Shire of Roebourne. It is 202 km from Port Hedland and 1563 km from Perth.


The city flourished during the height of its gold rush in the late 19th century and was one of the largest settlements between Darwin and Perth. It was named after John Septimus Roe.

Gold from the Nullagine and the copper mines in the area contributed to the initial wealth Roebournes. With the decline of both sources of income, the city lost its inhabitants and was only a shadow of its former self. At this era still remember several government buildings around the city.

Later it occurred in Roeburne fighting between the Aborigines and the police, which were documented in a federal report. The report showed that the ratio of police to citizens in Roebourne ( 1200 Aboriginal population ) was five times the ratio of densely populated areas in Western Australia.

Today the city thrives on the nearby North West Coastal Highway and tourism, especially as a gateway to many national parks in the interior.