Cockatoo Island, set among over 800 islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago, was once a giant
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.