ABOUT THE TRAIL
The Cossack Heritage Trail allows visitors to experience highlights of Cossack over 5km. You have the choice to walk or drive the trail. The remnants of the early settlement have some of the oldest buildings in northern Western Australia, located near Bitcher Inlet.
If you are interested in history, nature, archaeology, live locally or are visiting the region, you will enjoy exploring this trail. The weather can be quite warm in the Pilbara, and there is little shade or water stations over the 5km trail, so be sure to take supplies with you.
Cossack was originally known as “Tien Tsin” after the boat that brought the first settlers to the region in 1863. It was also, at one time, the main shipping post in the North-West. The name Cossack comes from the warship that Frederick Weld, the State’s governor, travelled on for his arrival in the Pilbara in 1871. Read more about the history of Cossack.
…HOW TO EXPLORE THE COSSACK TRAIL
There are two sections:
1. The walking trail.
2. The driving trail (you can also walk or cycle this trail).
The trail starts and finishes at the Bond Store.
A few tips
– There are some unprotected wells, areas of broken glass and private land in this area.
– Please stay on the road and marked paths.
– Consider the weather before you walk.
– Take supplies such as water, hats, shade, insect repellent and sunscreen.
– If driving or cycling, be aware pedestrians.
– Protected by the Heritage Act, you must not damage or remove anything (it is illegal).
– Take any rubbish with you.
– Speed limit of 10 kilometres per hour applies.
PROTECTING ABORIGINAL SITES
There are multiple sites that are significant to the Aboriginal people. Laws protect these sites, and they are popular with most visitors. Learning about the importance of the local Aboriginal history, will encourage greater respect for the Aboriginal culture.
VIEW THE BROCHURE
The City of Karratha has produced a brochure about the Cossack Trail.
Download a copy here.
GRADE 2 WALKING TRAIL
The Cossack walking trail is considered Grade 2. No experience required. Surface may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps.