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Jun 17, 2018 - Broome to Port Hedland

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...

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Feb 22, 2017 - Last sea day!

This is our last sea day. I am happy to report that the women beat the men in Battle of the sexes trivia by one point. We each received a RC backpack, water bottle, and pen. The men were given hats. I have painted my last postcard, made my last scrapbook page, finished my book and returned it to the library. Today in the dining room I watched a man, my guess mid seventies, throw a tantrum about turkey. He did not want the end piece of the breast he wanted them to bring out a new bird. It was explained to him that they were changing from...

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Over to Downunder

Feb 22, 2017 - Rock On!

Port Hedland was our stop yesterday. It is the biggest iron ore mining in the world. 500 million tons a year. The equipment is huge, ships come and go loaded, and we refueled there along with being able to tour the mining operation. The ship pilot came aboard and talked of the safety, environmental impacts, and how they boarded every ship and drove them into the port. Everything is based on the tide coming in and out. Someone asked if they dredged. His answer was all that can be removed from the bottom is silt because the channel sits on...

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Jul 28, 2016 - Karratha

Wednesday July 27 to Thursday July 28 Free Camp at Peawah River to Karratha Wednesday A short drive today with a divergence out to Roebourne and Cossack. Roebourne Visitor Centre was closed and since it is situated in the Old Gaol which is a tourist icon we saw very little! Cossack was an original port and pearling centre in the late 1800’s, but fell into decay when the pearling moved north and a bigger port was established at Port Samson further up the point. As with Port Hedland, Karratha is very sprawling, but also designed for...

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Tardis Travels 2016

Jul 26, 2016 - De Grey River to Port Hedland to West Peawah River

Monday July 25 Free Camp at De Grey River Left Broome this Monday morning –all packed up and on the road at 7.45am. Lots of nothing on the road to Port Hedland except vans and trucks! Stopped at Sandfire Roadhouse to re-fuel (never seen so many vans queued up for fuel – most of them heading north!) and pulled into De Grey free camp at 3.00pm – naturally loads of vans already here. Fuel consumption is down the toilet as we had lots of head and cross wind. Stats: 530 klms (a big one for us!); initially overcast but cleared – still over 30...

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Tardis Travels 2016

Jul 15, 2016 - Port Hedland

Another lazy morning- the wind was blowing the dust across the campground, so not particularly encouraging to venture out! However, we finally got moving and decided to go back to South Hedland to do another load of washing so as to get it out of the way. After going back to camp and hanging out the washing, we went for a drive to Pretty Waterhole- just a few ks further around the road from where we were staying. It seemed to be the more ‘posh’ part of town, and you could see why Pretty Waterhole got its name. there is a creek that enters...

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Jul 14, 2016 - Port Hedland

After a bit of a sleep in this morning we finally got ourselves organised and headed into town to do some washing. However, when we got there we found that we had to drive out to South Hedland (about 10ks) to a caravan park out there that is the only place you can do washing. So that killed 2 birds with one stone because we were able to have a quick look at the shopping centre out there while the washing was being done. It wasn't a lot to see, so it was back to Port Hedland once washing was finished. We had a quick stop at 'photo stop' to...

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Jul 13, 2016 - De Grey River roadside stop to Port Hedland

After another windy night we left De Grey river just before 10am to travel just on 80ks to Port Hedland. There was huge amounts of dust in the air, which was quite thick in places, but didn’t really affect visibility too much. The 80 ks today was probably the most barren, unappealing country we have travelled so far and as we drove into Port Hedland we really wondered if it was going to be a place we wanted to stay for any period. It is a town that certainly revolves around mining. As you first enter Port Hedland there are salt evaporation...

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May 27, 2016 - Dampier to 80 mile beach

Had such a lovely couple of days in pretty Dampier. Park pretty basic but very friendly and on the shoreline. Power but no water. Did a boat trip out to Sam's Island ...about 4 minutes by boat but very interesting. Morning tea supplied by Skipper Brad. Got away nice and early with Anne and Dave, Margie and Peter following and we all joined Paddy and Peter at 80 mile beach. Peter G had just caught a 3foot king yellowfin salmon, so we all had fabulous fish for tea. We all tried our hand the next day, for one little fish between the lot of...

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May 27, 2016 - 80 Mile Beach - between Port Hedland and Broome

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay here last year and even better this year with Anne and Dave, Paddy and Peter and Margie and Peter with us. (No problems when one of us calls for Peter with this group!!) Peter G caught a superb huge fish just before the rest of us arrived on the first day, we had a very lean fishing day the next but between us all caught about 8 on our last attempt. Had a super roast dinner and dessert on the lawns, then headed off on the last leg to Broome. We will be back!!

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Apr 26, 2016 - Tuesday 26th April

Tuesday 26th I must say, I'm glad to be leaving Port Hedland, I said to Mal as we pulled up along side of the post office, thank goodness our parcel was in, now we can head towards Broome. After visiting Woolworths for a few items we were on our way. We try to get free camps as much as we can, sometimes it's really difficult as WA along the coast from exmouth have a lot of day time only stops. We also like to stop around 3 o'clock and settle in for the night. However tonight we arrived at Stanley 24 hour stay at 5pm, it was a large parking...

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2016 holiday

Apr 23, 2016 - Saturday 23rd to 25th April Port Hedland

Well here we are back in Hedland at the Cooke point caravan park,as soon as we set the bus up, on went the bathers and straight into the pool as the temperature here is 38 and the humidity is around 30 percent. Whilst sitting around the pool we met a group that were travelling together chatting to them we learnt they were from Narre Warren, what a small world they said, these people were all related, one of the guys wives had complained of chest pains so after a check at Hedland they air lifted her to Perth so he is staying here until he...

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2016 holiday

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