A little sleep in today before driving back to Roeburne and the main highway to Karratha. This was an interesting and pleasant drive through the ranges and quite flat landscape in between. Lovely Stuart Desert Peas and otehr wildflowers dotted the side of the road.
We drove through Karratha to Dampier - past the large salt mines (2 lane highway to Dampier). The town of Karratha seems to be growing in every direction - there are new schools, hundreds of new houses going up. It certainly is a very busy town. We pulled into the Home Hardware store to refil a gas bottle and the campign store to buy some other supplies.
Over the hill and on the outskirts of Dampier was the famour Red Dog statue - had to stop and have photos. We then did a tour of the Esplanade (one end is the enormous iron ore loading facilities and more ships!) and stopped in at the Seafarers Place for a look and to buy the Red Dog books.
A short drive up to the look out to cast our eyes over the view of the islands and sights of Dampier. All around the town are what I suspect are the 1970's built double story sets of flats - look a bit like the dormitory buldings from uni colleges.
We then drove out to the North West Shelf LNG visitor centre next door to the enormous gas processing and storage facility. Hard to comprehend the size and the amount of gas they liquify each day. The noise of the gas flares burning is loud. The boys really enjoyed the centre - interactive displays, video and a birds eye view of the plant. By doing the quiz correctly they received a pencil case and a frisbee pack.
Back along the drive we pulled into Hearsons Cove - short drive over a gravel/bitumen road amongst iron ore rich hills to a lovely beach made entirely of shells. The tide was in so it was a lovely site with the blue water. We had lunch there before driving back into Karratha.
We checked out the main shopping centre - all the shops are housed in the one block. There is all the usual places - Kmart, TArget, Coles, Woolies etc and enormous amount of car parking. The boys were happy that there was KFC and McDonalds! Interestingly there is no butcher - supermarkets stock meat but a butcher comes on weekends to one of the local parks!!!
We then went to our caravan park - boys found the playground next door to our site and of course had to have a swim in the pool. That night we watched Red Dog the movie and had popcorn.