Wickham had been falling into a bit of a decline until the mining boom started around 2009. In the following 5 years there was a lot of development
including multi storey accommodation and many new houses being built.
Despite the end of the boom in late 2014, the town stills seems to have a mauch more vibrant character than had existed for the prceeding 20 years or so.
Robe River Iron, that is located at nearby Cape Lambert,
provides free tours of their facilities and of Cossack from April to November. To book simply contact the Roebourne
tourist information centre. (The tour is very good.)
Not far from the town is Port Walcott where there is a boat ramp and a nice beach. On Sunday mornings (from 10:30am) you can get fish and chips from the Port Walcott
Yacht Club and enjoy sitting outside overlooking the bay.
Wickham is a modern mining town built in 1970-2 to service the port facility at Cape Lambert.
The town was named after John Clements Wickham
who served aboard the H.M.S. Beagle, surveying the coast from 1838.
Wickham was a closed company town until 1980 when the administration was taken over by the Shire or Roebourne (now the City of Karratha).
There is a small shopping centre which is worth visiting as prices are generally cheaper here than at Karratha and it is much less crowded.
A new ore loading facility has been developed in this area and is one of the main
reasons for the re-vitalisation of Wickham.
Harding River, Cossack, Cleaverville, Port Walcott, Point Samson, Robe Iron tours.
REVIEW - Robe River Iron Tour
The tour was very good. We were taken round on an air conditioned bus and shown the old settlement at Cossack, then out to Robe River's operations at Cape Lambert.
The loading facility there is huge, and the ore jetty is the second longest/highest in the southern hemisphere.
The tour can be booked at the Roebourne tourist info office - where the mini bus will pick you up.
Reviewed : June 2009
BUILDINGS OF NOTE
State : North West
Federal : Durack
Postcode : 6720
Local Government : City of Karratha
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