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Cockatoo Island - Cities, Towns and Localities
Cockatoo Island, set among over 800 islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago, was once a giant high grade iron ore mine, operating from the 1950's through to the early 1980s. Then, when mining ceased the existing infrastructure was converted to accommodate the visitors to what is one of the most isolated coastlines in the world.

However, the failure of the resort, and the recommencement of mining in the 1990's, has seen the island being closed off to the general public.

Koolan Island, a neighbouring island in the Buccaneer Archipelago was also mined for high grade iron ore.

Cockatoo Island is one of thousands of islands that makes up the rich coastline of the West Kimberley. It is located approximately 130 km from Derby, 198 km from Broome.

The ocean waters that surround the hundreds of islands in the region is home to humpback whales (between August and October) and year-round ocean fishing. Contact the local tourism visitor centre for information about cruises, charters, wilderness, adventure, and scenic flight tours in the spectacular Buccaneer Archipelago region.

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Derby Visitor Centre

Broome Tourist Bureau

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