Settlers Beach is a north-facing beach beside Reader Head at the abandoned town of Cossack.
The beach was used as a drop-off and pick-up point for vessels that would have found the shallow inlet at Cossack too difficult to navigate. The shallow inlet is a reason why Cossack was eventually abandoned to the close-by port created in Point Samson to replace it.
In the early days of Cossack, mail would be left in a “Dig Down”. The Dig Down is in a sandy patch in the rocks at the end of the beach where settlers would dig down to retrieve their mail.
The parking area is right at the beach with wooden stump posts marking the edge of it. There is a small sheltered picnic table to the left side of the parking area with an information board about Settlement Beach.
Reading Head Lookout is on the right side of the beach where you can get a good view lookout along the length of the beach.
To get there:
From the northern end of Roebourne along North West Coastal Hwy (Cleaverville Rd), turn into Point Samson-Roebourne Rd at the brown sign for Cossack. Follow Point Samson-Roebourne Rd for 8.2km and turn right into Cossack Rd at the brown sign. Follow Cossack Rd for 5.2km to reach the Cossack Historic Town. Turn left into Pearl St, then after 100m turn right into Perseverance St. Follow Perseverance St for 1km and turn left onto a dirt track. Follow the track 350m to the end for the parking area for Settlement Beach.