Sitting on Ngaluma country, 40km east of Karratha, Roebourne is the oldest (1866) Pilbara town still functioning. It's home to a large Aboriginal community; Yindjibarndi is the dominant language group. There are some beautiful old buildings and a thriving indigenous art scene (www.roebourneart.com.au). The Yinjaa-Barni Indigenous-run gallery showcases gifted Millstream artists.
In good news for the town, the old Victoria Hotel (built in 1866, but shuttered since 2006) is slated for restoration, to return it to its architectural glory. Once restored, the plan is to make it a tourism and cultural hub for the local community.