The Karratha area is fully mining, but Roebourne without obvious explanation is not a part of this development
Roebourne's name honours John Septimus Roe, the first Surveyor General of Western Australia.
The Pilbara region was first explored by Francis Thomas Gregory in 1861. He and his exploration party arrived at the head of Nickol Bay, landing near what was to become Roebourne, and traveling about 60 km inland to present day Millstream Station. By 1865, the population of the area had grown to about 200,
Currently Roebourne serves the passing highway traffic and tourism, especially as the gateway to many national parks in the interior, but is also the gateway, when traveling from the north to Wickham, Point Sampson and the whole Karratha district.
Roebourne is truly an old district, and the mining boom will ensure its survival.
Take the turn-off and be sure to visit.