Dave Steph Aussie Loop 2012 travel blog

One of the small diggers at paraburdoo

Mahisha and friends at the Rio Tinto picnic

Steph enjoying making things at the Rio picnic

Sunset at Karijini

The moon rising at Karijini

17th October (Thursday)

Today Gavin took me out to near where he works to show me one of their diggers which is not being used at the moment. As you can see it is pretty big, although it is one of the small ones.

18th October (Friday)

Today we did a reconnaissance to Karijini, and had a quick look around the Visitors Centre, Dales Camp ground and Fortescue Falls Lookout. Back to Tom Price for a bit more shopping and very urgent Diesel buy, forgot we had not topped up the long range since Exmouth. DUH!

We have stayed in Paraburdoo until now and one of the reasons is that Rio Tinto is putting on a family picnic. This was amazing to see as there was a lot of the blow up activities for the kids, all the food, a reasonable local band and fireworks. This is all paid for by Rio Tinto, the only thing you had to pay for was alcohol. There was a large array of food stalls, although the lines were fairly big due to the wind picking up and causing a bit of a delay and as it was estimated that there was about 1000 people attending.

19th October (Saturday)

Today we headed out to Karijini National Park, this is about 180 km. We said our goodbyes to Meree and Makisha; I think we have found a friend in Makisha as she didn’t want us to go. Called in to Tom Price for a fresh food shop and filled up with fuel (discounted by 8c/ltr) from the shop, and water for our stay in Karijini. We arrived in Karijini and settled in to our camp to wait for Mike, Tash and the boys in a few days. The weather was very hot, around 39 deg, the night was a bit uncomfortable but we managed.

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