Shay Gap
Coopins Gap

Shay Gap was another short lived iron ore mining town in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Established in the 1960’s, formally gazetted and then disassembled in the mid 1990’s, Shay Gap was home to nearly a thousand people.

The countryside leading into and away from Shay Gap is quite rugged and spectacular.

Located 188km east of Port Hedland and 68km north-east of Marble Bar the Shay Gap town site was nestled between small but interesting ranges.

It's interesting that wherever hills are found in Western Australia somebody digs a massive hole in the ground in an attempt to squeeze out whatever available minerals are underneath.

Today Boreline Road and a pipeline servicing newer mining operations travel through what was once the town. Small concrete slabs are still visible where various amenities once stood and piles of steel fencing and the odd torn down street light can still be seen.

It is possible to see that a town once existed here and while the place has been fairly thoroughly ‘disappeared’ the layout and form of the town site are still discernable.

Readers Contributions

L&D

- We camped where the old Shay Gap town used to be a while ago. We have friends who both worked on the mine. He worked as a welder and she drove haul packs. Their 3 kids were all born there and they speak with real affection about living there. Seems a shame it's gone now.


Rhonda Ferntorp

- We camped where the old Shay Gap town used to be a while ago. We have friends who both worked on the mine. He worked as a welder and she drove haul packs. Their 3 kids were all born there and they speak with real affection about living there. Seems a shame it's gone now.


Trevor

- Film Australia's "Outback" DVD (from ABCshop) has 14 films including a 1976 film of 11.5 minutes titled "Living Way Out" about Shay Gap at that time. I found it fascinating, especially how people had to get permission to visit the (mining) town. Cheers


This article is part of a project to record the history of ghost towns in Australia. If you can contribute any information about any of Australia's abandoned towns please use the 'CONTACTUS' link at the top of the page to send us an email.

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