Roebourne

Many of the Indigenous people who have an association with the Burrup, now live in Roebourne or Ieramugadu. Roebourne is located roughly 20kms inland from the coast on the banks of the Harding River. In 2016 Roebourne will celebrate its 150th birthday. (August tbc) It is the oldest gazetted town in the North West.

Roebourne was established as a town by European settlers in the late 1800’s. It was the thriving regional pastoral town for many years and the populations began to decline during the 1970s as the resource industry towns of Dampier, Karratha and Wickham were developed.

The town is experiencing a recent revitalisation of its own making as many indigenous residents flourish in the arts and resources industry fields. Click here to open a new window with an updated map of the town of Roebourne

People from many other traditional Aboriginal language groups also reside in Roebourne like the Ngarluma, Yindjibarndi, Yaburara, Mardudhunera, and Won- Goo-Tt-Oo.

Many of the Aboriginal landowners identify as having a heritage from many of these groups and therefore the town is very multicultural and rich in its Indigenous culture and language. In recent times a cultural centre has been added to Roebourne.