Karajini's Beauty & onto Port Hedland
Jun 14, 2009
|Thursday 11 June dawned with drizzle & an overcast day. Bugger we thought - we're off on a tour of Karajini so we don't need this sort of weather. The drizzle did eventually go away but it wasn't the warmest day we have encountered. Anyway, Jeff our tour guide picked up 3 couples from the caravan park & then another 4 people joined us at the Karajini Visitors Centre. Two things were mandatory on the tour - morning tea & lunch - all home made by Jeff's wife Bev. Not hard to follow those instructions especially after all the climbing & walking we did.
Our tour started with Dales Gorge where we saw the Circular Pool, we walked through Fortescue Falls to get to Ferns Pool. 3 ladies & Jeff were the only ones game enough to take a swim at Ferns Pool. Yes!! I was one of them & the water was bloody cold but so worth it. We swam over to the water fall & sat under it getting a great massage from the falls.
From Dales Gorge we travelled back to the Vistors Centre for morning tea. From there we went to the Joffre Gorge. Then onto Knox Gorge. After than we went to Oxer Lookout. Oxder Lookout was the scene where a SES worker (Jimmy Regan) lost his life trying to rescue a person who was trapped in the gorge because of a flash flood. I think this was around 2004 & some of you might remember this. It would certainly have been scary enough trying to rescue someone in broad daylight let alone at night. The lookout at Joffree sees three gorge river ways merge - Weano, Hancock & Joffre.
After viewing this gorge we continued on to Weano Gorge. Once again we donned bathers to take the journey through the gorge & then wade through water and then over more rocks, etc & then into more water to visit the handrail pool. 3 decided they wouldn't do the journey at all, I bailed out when we had to remove our shoes & go in water over slippery rocks (only 60 metres from the end I found out), 2 bailed out about 40 metres from the end & 4 made it to the end (Pat included).
After all that strenuous work we were certainly in need of our wonderful lunch.
If anyone is every coming to the area a visit to Karajini National Park is a must. I especially recommend the Pilbara Gorge tour company.
We were early to bed that night.
Friday morning we packed up the van & went to collect Kosta from Ray, Deb & kids. Deb & the kids were reluctant to hand him over & have decided that they will be getting a shi tzu at Xmas time!!
So - on the road again. We detoured to have a quick look at Wittenoom - a quick look indeed as besides about 6 houses in the area there is nothing there at all anymore. Sorry - yes one place selling gems and that was closed for lunch (at 2pm). There are still some people living there & there are lots of street signs still up but that's about it.
We stayed the night at another free camp site called Bea Bea Creek. This was about 130kms south of Port Hedland.
Next morning it was onto Port Hedland. There was only 1 caravan park that would take dogs and so we are at Blackrock Caravan Park in South Hedland. Saturday night we went to the Sports Club for dinner, then today we went to the Port Hedland Races. Our finances didn't improve there!! Tomorrow we will probably just tour around the townsite & take it easy before hitting the road again on Tuesday.
As can be seen we are not in a big hurry but are thoroughly enjoying our travels.
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Bye till our next update.