Point Samson is rapidly developing into a retirement and tourist destination and in all likelihood will be ruined in a few years by over development and over population.
So far it has managed to avoid the rapid development of other nearby towns and continues to have a laid-back charm that is long gone from the rapidy expanding mining
The only beach of note is Honeymoon Cove, which, although quaint, is hardly the tourist icon some publications make it out to be.
Fishing in the area is good and many people do well from land based structures like the causeway at Pope's Nose Creek. A small fishing fleet also operates
from the port and it is possible to buy fresh seafood from local suppliers.
A Small coastal port, Point Sampson was gazetted in 1909 as a replacement for Cossack when the port at Cossack began to silt up.
The town was named after Michael Samson who accompanied
in an exploration of the coast. He later became an early settler in the area. The original spelling of the name was incorrect
(Sampson) and this remained unchanged until Michael Samson’s widow brought it to the attention of the authorities in 1918.
The port was used to ship asbestos from the mines at Wittenoom and stock piles were built up near
the port. The legacy of this continues as asbestos is still in the ground and has not yet been properly cleaned up.
The port facilities were in use until 1976, but were soon over shadowed by the much more modern facilities at Dampier.
The jetty, seen in many tourist publications, was badly damaged by cyclone Orson in 1989 and was completely removed in 1991.
TALL TALES AND TRUE
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Harding River, Cossack, Cleaverville, Port Walcott, Wickham, Point Samson, Robe Iron tours.
BUILDINGS OF NOTE
State : North West
Federal : Durack
Postcode : 6720
Local Government : City of Karratha
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