Important news first:-
- found a couple of cartons of Bighead at Port Hedland (who’d have thought).
- did not have a bet on or watch Melbourne Cup. We were swimming at Fortescue Falls when it was run. It feels good not giving money to the bookies.
- Caitlan & Tristan are having another baby. Yeh grandparents again.
I think they are in the right order of importance!
We spent a couple of nights at Port Hedland. Well, it is well designed to ship shit loads of Iron Ore. It is definitely not a tourist mecca. Having said that we found enough to keep us busy for a couple of days.
A different sort of sunset over the ore loaders.
I even tried to get another Stairway to the Moon. A bit late in the year for it, got more of a stepladder to the moon.
A couple of pics from around town.
If you are into trains these old fellas are great.
Left Port Hedland & headed for Tom Price. As well as long trains there are lots of road trains on the road, lots of road trains.
The reason we were at Tom Price was to visit Karijini National Park. We went to Sunday arvo markets & the first thing we noticed was the town is made up of young single people & young families. Makes sense because most of them work at the mines.
First up was Hamersley Gorge. Easy walk down 500 steps, great rock formations & nice pool for a swim.
Ulrika took her time getting into the water as you will see from this video.
Next on the list was Hancock Gorge & the Handrail Pool. Long walk along bottom of gorge & then a side trip to Handrail pool accessed through narrow gorge.
This is called the Junction Lookout as four gorges meet here.
Joffre Gorge Lookout was next. Yes you can climb down & have a swim but we left that to the younger ones.
And then Knox Gorge Lookout.
We finally ended up at Fortuscue Falls. A great spot, much better than the Melbourne Cup.
The morning we left we went for a drive up Mt Nameless. It was just behind the caravan park. When we got up there we found out it is the highest mountain in WA at 1016m. It was a steep climb in low range 4WD most of the way. View wasn’t bad.
We had a great time & is one of our favourite spots so far. We even had our first rain & storm since we left. Only a few spots but some thunder & wind.
Stopped at Cheela Station for one night on way to Exmouth. Not real impressed in comparison to other farm stays. Only positive was we could swim at a private gorge. It was called the Mussel Pool. Just after the photo of Billy was taken he jumped into the water & forgot to swim. He sank straight to the bottom!
Drive to Exmouth was long & boring only broken up by lots of scrub fires.
Arrived at caravan park at Exmouth & was welcomed by local resident.
So we have finished Stage 3 of our trip.
Since the 15th May we have travelled 21,500km, used 3831 litres of diesel, spent $5,168 @ average price of $1.36/litre & averaged 17.8l/100km.
Word of the day:-
Clandestine – keep secret or done secretively
Peter – decrease or fade gradually before coming to an end
Alacrity – brisk & cheerful readiness
Perfidious – deceitful & untrustworthy