Dampier’s world-famous Red Dog visitor information bay gets a makeover

04 May 2018

The world-famous Red Dog visitor information bay, located at the entry to the town of Dampier, has been enhanced by a significant upgrade. 

The space, home to the famous Red Dog statue which attracts thousands of visitors each year, has been improved with new signage and seating, along with upgraded landscaping. 

The information bay upgrade project was funded by Rio Tinto, the Pilbara Development Commission and the Dampier Community Association in collaboration with Good Dog Enterprises; the company behind the highly successful Red Dog films. 

Rio Tinto’s general manager of Ports for Dampier, Jessica Farrell, said "The legend of Red Dog is not only an important part of our unique local Pilbara history, it’s a story that has resonated with people across Australia and around the world.

"Rio Tinto is proud to play a role in helping to restore this popular tourist memorial for the enjoyment of all who visit it." 

Pilbara Development Commission Chief Executive Officer Terry Hill said he regularly noticed the large number of tourists visiting the Red Dog statue for a photo.

"The upgraded information bay will enhance the legacy of the Red Dog films which put the Pilbara on the international stage," Mr Hill said. 

"Tourism is an important economic driver and the Red Dog films showcased the Pilbara’s spectacular landscape, as well as the comradery and mateship our community is known for."

The installation has been complimented by landscaping works generously donated by local Indigenous business, BRIDA. 

The project marks the starting point for the City of Karratha’s new Red Dog Trail, comprising signage at key locations throughout Dampier telling the story and history of the town.