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Introducing Dampier

Dampier is the region's main port. Spread around King Bay, it overlooks the 42 pristine islands of the Dampier Archipelago, and supports a wealth of marine life in its coral waters, but heavy industry has blighted Dampier's shores. The nearby Burrup Peninsula contains possibly the greatest number of rock-art petroglyphs on the planet but is under threat from continued industrial expansion (see www.burrup.org.au). The most accessible are at Deep Gorge near Hearson Cove, where you can also view the Staircase to the Moon; you'll need a 4WD for the rest of the peninsula.

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