Marianne and Steve's Australia Trip 2018 travel blog

The outdoor Sun Picture House, Broome. Deckchairs in front of the screen,...

“Yous knows fishing?” we were asked by this local at Keraudren Coastal...

The salt ‘mountains’ welcome you to the town of Port Hedland.

An iron ore train. The average number of wagons is 248 &...

Watching the World Cup at the local sports bar in Port Hedland....

The Members’ Enclosure, Port Hedland Turf Club. $100 for a season ticket....

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The incredibly blue waves at beautiful Keraudren Coastal Nature Reserve en-route from...

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Constant road trains transporting iron-ore and other minerals. Note the number of...


After our two-week Kimberley trip, we had a couple of days chilling in Broome. Then we picked up another campervan and headed south down the Great Northern Highway for the last leg of our Australian adventure. The road to Port Hedland was flat and straight and the town itself ugly and industrial. BHP (Broken Hill Proprietary) Billiton and FMG (Fortescue Metals Group) rule here. Iron-ore, salt and other minerals mined in the Pilbara are transported to and shipped out from the port. But we managed to enjoy ourselves watching rail trains, road trains and racing.

We camped at the race-track so when the first race hadn’t started at the appointed time of 12.00, we asked the organisers what had happened. “The jockeys and officials are all on the same plane from Perth…” was the reply, “… and it’s had to turn back because of mechanical problems. But don’t worry they’re on another one now! The first race is at 2pm.”




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