An entire town deserted 70 years ago goes on sale in Australia

Looking for somewhere with space but without lots of people?

Well, you could be the new owner of an entire town in Australia.

The remote township of Cossack on the West Australian coast is up for sale.

At one point, many people lived and worked there in the pearling industry but over time, the population was absorbed into larger towns.

The industry based around collecting pearls was started in the town in the 1880s.

By 1895, there were over 57 pearling vessels, employing more than 1000 people.

But the town was abandoned about 70 years ago and now, just two people live there – Rhys Osterlund is the caketaker and his partner Shannon Ervine runs the cafe.

People do pass through to visit nearby hiking trails and beaches or to enjoy horse rides. It is also surrounded by a coastal reserve.

The entire town is currently owned by the Western Australia government but it has now decided to put it up for sale.

The 22.2 hectare area is currently a State Registered Heritage Place and includes 12 heritage-listed buildings and nearby Jarman Island

The government hasn’t revealed the sort of price it hopes to achieve but it has said it wants bids that focus on low-impact tourism development and ancillary use such as high-quality eco-tourism accommodation, camping, cafes or galleries.

It also wants regeneration for the area but wants to ensure long-term conservation and future management of the site.

Vincent Siciliano, from LJ Hooker who are managing the sale, told ‘Cossack was a pivotal part of WA’s pearling industry, with a history dating back to the 19th century.

‘Overtime, nearby townships including Port Samson and the employment hub of Karratha assumed the local population base.

‘But Cossack sits in an amazing pocket of the Pilbara. The townsite is bordered by the azure water of the Harding River.

‘This campaign presents a developer or entity with a rare chance to deliver a vision and ongoing commitment for a low-impact activation of a piece of WA’s history.’

Registers of interest will be accepted until 20 November.

Of course, if you do have the funds to buy the entire place, Australia is currently closed, except to Australian citizens, permanent residents or those with an exception due to coronavirus so don’t expect to be able to actually visit until restrictions are lifted.

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