Point Samson

 

 

POINT SAMSON

 

GPS 20 37 44 S 117 11 24 E

 

 

 

 

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Nearby Towns

Wickham

 

 

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STATISTICS

Distance from Perth

1578 Km

Population

298

Average Rainfall

206.5mm

Mean Max Temp

34.7C

Mean Min Temp

19.7C

 

SERVICES

Police

08 9182 1133

Fire and Rescue

08 9187 1315

Medical

08 9187 3200

Visitor Centre

08 9144 4600

 

CARAVAN PARKS

The Cove

 

08 9187 0199

Point Samson

 

08 9187 1414

 

HOTEL / MOTEL / B AND B

Resort

 

08 9187 1052

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

 

 

DESCRIPTION

 

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 communities.

 

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.

 

HISTORY

 

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 Walter Padbury 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.

 

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ATTRACTIONS

 

Harding River, Cossack, Cleaverville, Port Walcott, Wickham, Point Samson, Robe Iron tours.

 

BUILDINGS OF NOTE

 

Unknown.

 

ELECTORAL ZONES

 

State : North West

Federal : Durack

 

OTHER INFO.

 

Postcode : 6720

Local Government : City of Karratha

 

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