Sunday, August 23, 2009
Kalgan Pool is described in the tourist brochure as Newman’s most popular waterhole but when we got here we found it almost completely to ourselves, after the one night campers left and we decided to stay a few days. The photo shows Max and Priscilla at the camp site.
After the other campers left.
We went on the mine tour of Mt Whaleback. The above photo shows a portion of the mine with the colours of the different types of ores being fed into a mixer and crusher. Brockman hematite is blue grey and Goethite limonite is ochre.
Apparently the mine tours used to be more involved with seeing machinery close up but BHP has restircted it as there have been a couple of deaths at the mine last year - not visitors. they certainyl emphasise safety aspects.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
But the landscape is so variable and quite magical. The above photo is another shot of the coast of the Pilbara. The rust-red landscapes have to be seen to be believed.
This is another favourite free rest area, at the East Munjina Gorge Lookout.
Our next stop was at Cape Keraudren Coastal Reserve which is contained in a nature reserve that is not a national park but an West Pilbara Shire run natural reserve. There is a one off $10 entry fee into the reserve and $7.50 charge for two people per day thereafter. But they give a discount if you stay a week or longer and there are many long stayers here too as there were at Broome and also at Barn Hill. For $45 per week many retirees find the place attractive and much cheaper than Broome or even Barn Hill, with opportunities for fishing and bird-watching. Many retirees from Perth, SA and also from Victoria come west or north to spend the dry winters here.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Barn Hill is just a magical place. We have really enjoyed being here and ended up staying four nights. We leave tomorrow, reluctantly, for new adventures.
I would have included this shot in the modes of travel shots but Cracker and his owners arrfved at our campsite after I had added to the blog.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Barn Hill is situated on Thangoo Station which is a working cattle station 135 kms south of Broome. The property stretches 85 kms along the coast between Broome and Port Hedland on approx 430,000 acres. They run 8,000 head of Brahman cattle which are marketed to the live export trade through the port of Broome.
They have a sideline in the campsite which has a capacity of about 100 powered sites and another 100+ of unpowered. It is a wonderful spot and people come here for the winter.
At times I wish Andrew would think of something creative like that for me.