The Flynn Australian Adventure 2012 travel blog





Another early start as we had to drive into the information centre (about 3kms) to catch the bus for the mine tour. We collected our glasses and hard hat and with our tour guide Bob we set off at 8am. The mine is on the other side of the mountain from the caravan park. We travelled to the viewing area on a hill inside the mine complex to look at the large open pit of one of the richest iron ore bodies in the world. Over the last 50 years they have been slowly 'knocking' down the hills and digging into a rich vein hundreds of metres below the surface in the open cut mine. We then had a tour of the processing plant (crushers, extraction processes for the low and high grade ore) as well as where the trains are loaded. The whole tour took about 1.5 hours. At the viewing area you would never believe it - an elderly lady came up to Keagan as he was wearing his Cowboys shirt and asked where he was from. She was Joan Payard and her travelling companion was Diana DeZolt both from Ayr. Even more startling was that Diana is Joy and Rob Scalia's mum/mum-in-law. They were stoked to find some Burdekin people in WA and so were we. The boys enjoyed the trip and Bob gave them a piece of haematite as a souvenir. Brenton thought the Mt Isa underground tour was better. We then went to their one and only 'shopping centre' to fuel up and collect supplies as we head out tomorrow for Coral Bay. Not sure how that will go - we will have to free camp along the way and we can only get 2 nights of our 3 at a powered site. It is a very busy place - given what people have said it is probably understandable. It will all work out in the end. We were concerned for awhile - the one and only fuel depot in town is being renovated and they have been running out of fuel every 2nd day as they have only 1 bowser operating. If push had come to shove we had enough fuel to get back to the main highway (1000km fuel tank) but I didn't want to as the fuel at the roadhouse is about 40c/l dearer Early start tomorrow.

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