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Jun 19, 2018 - Karijini National Park

The spinifex-covered landscape of Karijini National Park is dotted with Mulga trees and patches of rusty red soil. All the creation stories from indigenous Australians include mention of a serpent gliding through and forming ‘country’. This is no more apparent than in Karijini National Park where ‘Warlu’, the sea serpent, has sculpted out numerous gorges and waterholes. More recently the landscape has been gouged out by the mining of iron-ore. We had three active days in the park with some of the most challenging bush walks (hikes) of the...

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Apr 22, 2016 - Friday 22nd April

Friday 22nd April Now what does the day bring us? Why not really test our selves and do Hancock Gorge it's what they class as a number 5 trail, meaning it's for very experienced bush walkers, needing a high level of fitness and agility. I looked at mal and said would you class us as experienced, are we fit? Mmmm! After yesterday well maybe, let's give it ago, it's funny when you don't know what to expect, it makes it more exciting. My goodness more rock stairs, in this trail the steps weren't as kind, you really had to watch where you put...

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Apr 21, 2016 - Thursday 21st April

Thursday 21st April. Another day at Karijini,this time we thought we'd do the long track out to circular pool, a lot more stairs to climb,rocks to hurdle over,it was quite a physical hike but very rewarding. Reaching circular pool you couldn't help but want to dive in, I had my bathers underneath my shorts, we undressed and very slowly made our way into the water, it was very cold, after awhile your body got use to it, when entering these waters you never know what's underneath, by saying that I mean ROCKS, we've kicked our toes many a...

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Apr 20, 2016 - Wednesday 20thApril

Wednesday 20th April We had to be up early this morning as we'd booked in to do a mine tour at Mount Tom Price it was to have a look at Rio Tinto working mine, we'd been following the iron ore trains on our way up here so thought it would be a good idea to see how it all works. On arriving at the information centre we were given a hard hat and a set of safety goggles then boarded a bus to take us to the site.The bus driver really did a great job commentating explaining all about the mine the only time we got off the bus is when we were...

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Apr 19, 2016 - Tuesday 19th-Friday 22nd April Karrijini

Tuesday 19th Arriving at 4 o'clock at Karijini National Park on Tuesday 19th April, we quickly set up camp at Dales Camp ground, grabbed our bathers and went for a walk. With a map in hand and following the path we headed to Fortescue Falls which is in Dales Gorge it's a 800m 1 hour return hike, they say it is a class 3 hike, which means suitable for most ages. There was a lot of walking on rocks,up and down stairs and climbing, we finally reached the bottom of the gorge where there was a waterfall, people swimming and sunbaking on the...

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Oct 29, 2013 - Liam Journal 03

Day 04 – Wednesday Newman to Karijini Newman wasn't a long drive, but before we left Newman we went to Mount Whaleback Mine. The mine was the biggest open cut iron ore mine in the world. The tour bus took us inside the gates and up to the lookout. It was very interesting and we got to take home some small pieces of the iron ore in plastic sandwich bags. The big haul pack trucks had to refuel every 24 hours and put in 4000 litres of diesel. This costs about $6000 each time they refuel a haul pack truck. The tour lasted about 2 hours then we...

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Oct 28, 2013 - Newman to Karijini to Paraburdoo

Sorry it has been a while, but we have not had internet access while at Karijini. . Day 4 (Wednesday) – Newman to Karijini . Started the day by going on the Mt Whaleback Mine Tour. Kids were a bit miffed as to why we needed to wear long pants & a long sleeve shirt in these conditions, but it is part of the mine tour conditions. The Tour was pretty good. I won't bore you with too many details, but Mt Whaleback is the largest single Open-Cut Iron-Ore Mine in the world, currently measuring 5.5km long & 1.5km wide. The Iron Ore is shipped to...

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Oct 19, 2013 - Paraburdoo

17th October (Thursday) Today Gavin took me out to near where he works to show me one of their diggers which is not being used at the moment. As you can see it is pretty big, although it is one of the small ones. 18th October (Friday) Today we did a reconnaissance to Karijini, and had a quick look around the Visitors Centre, Dales Camp ground and Fortescue Falls Lookout. Back to Tom Price for a bit more shopping and very urgent Diesel buy, forgot we had not topped up the long range since Exmouth. DUH! We have stayed in Paraburdoo until now...

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Oct 16, 2013 - Mt Tom Price Mine Tour

Yesterday we were lucky, Gavin is on break, and his mate Nathan came and helped to check and service the bearings, and do a grease up, on the van, all is good. They are also checking the electrics as we have been having the battery problems. The fridge is struggling as well. Not a good thing in these higher temperatures and with still hotter to come. We love the pool and we had to go and cool off, Dave and Makisha had the best fun. After coming back from the pool, we noticed the visitors to the house across the road, the boys were having a...

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Oct 12, 2013 - Ashburton Station

Saturday 12 October. Makisha has a friend Suzanne Glenn who lives on Ashburton Station with Mum (Christine) and Dad (Andrew)and little brother Robert. And the Glenn family had invited us all out for a visit. We left at 7:30 and travelled 70km on bitumen before having another 55kms on gravel before finding the homestead. We also found an abandoned Dump Truck from an old gold mine in the area, about 10kms from the station. Once at the homestead, we were greeted by Kit the Jack Russell who jumped straight into the front of the car and...

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Oct 11, 2013 - Day trips from Paraburdoo

11th October (Friday) Dave and I decided to do a trip from Paraburdoo to Tom Price. We had a good chat to some lovely ladies at the Visitors Centre, who helped us out with what not to miss while in the area and walks to take in Karijini and also booked a tour of the Tom Price Mine. Gavin and Dave have arranged to do some checks on the van on Monday so the mine tour will be Tuesday if all goes well. After a look in some of the shops we went to have a look at the nearby town views and Kings Lake was a lovely oasis, beautifully kept lawn...

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Oct 10, 2013 - Paraburdoo

8th October We are leaving today to head towards Paraburdoo. I wanted to have one more snorkel before we leave, as it is going to be no wind and 33 deg. Unfortunately the tides didn't agree, there was 4 to 5m swells and the current was very strong, so the water was very murky and no visibility. So as we had already packed the van up we went back to say our goodbyes to the other campers at Neds. Stopped in Exmouth for a little shop and then headed off around 1pm. We stopped at Barridale which is on the North West Coastal Hwy around 200kms...

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