Blogs from Port Hedland, Western Australia, Australia, Oceania


Karratha- Port Hedland - De Grey Rest stop. A slow start, reorganisation of a few things in the van, sorting washing and filling up with water. Departing the Pilbara Caravan Park, Karratha around 9.30am and visiting the Karratha information Centre to get some idea of what sites were on the road ahead. A diversion from the main road at the township of Roebourne, where an old goal sits to have a look at the hamlets of Wickham and Point Samson, excellent fishing here apparently. Back past the new goal of Roebourne and onto Port Hedland. For Lunch we called into the Whim Creek Hotel, the only building in Whim Creek. Greeted by a talking corella we found a real gem here, a great spot, stone bar, cafe, green lawn garden, swimming pool and out door billiard/pool ... read more
Whim Creek Hotel

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Port Hedland May 20th 2014

I seem to have messed up the flow of these blogs and have got some of the sequence wrong so if they don't follow on try searching the complete list. We make our way toward Coral Bay without much hope of getting there! It has been raining hard and Coral Bay and Exmouth have been hit hard with news reports of local flooding and roads closed.Our alternative destination is Tom Price the gateway to Karijini National Park with thoughts of backtracking when the floods have gone . We arrived at the Overlander roadhouse which is just short of the turnoff to Coral Bay and pull in for fuel.The owner tells us that all roads heading North are currently closed because of flood water and would likely be so for at least a further day,however the road ... read more
Coral Bay
Coral Bay
Coral Bay

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Port Hedland August 13th 2013

Well what a story to tell, we left Derby and headed for Broome, after settling into a caravan park just outside of the town and across the sand dunes from the famous Cable beach, we went exploring.Having been here before 3 yrs ago we were not expecting to much.It's seems bigger than last time ,much more tidy and clean. Over the next couple of days we did some sight seeing and lazing on the beach.Cable beach has a reputation of being in the top 5 in the world,the pictures don't do it justice. Broome is also famous for it's pearls and the town has several shops selling pearls as well as a local pearling farm.Pearls were the backbone of Broome in the past and has a very rich history to match. Just out of town is ... read more
Cable beach at sunset
Cliffs at the lighthouse

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Port Hedland December 1st 2012

1st of December, 2012. Its the last month of the year and we were awoken to cows mooing. Of course, Sasha tried to pat one without any success. Anyway, after breaky, we headed into Port Hedland, which is a mining town and also a major port. We did a bit of sight-seeing before having lunch by the port. It was facinating watching the tug boats guiding the big ships out to sea. Alyssa had fun in the playground while we attempted to catch up on some blogs. Telstra really needs to lift up its service in WA. The connection was so slow, the laptop battery died before we could finish uploading any photos. After lunch, we headed to Karratha, which is another mining town. We were not interested in Karratha itself, but the next town, Dampier. ... read more
Port Hedland
Port Hedland

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Port Hedland November 30th 2012

30th November 2012. We were sad to check out of the Oaks, but at the same time, looking forward to our journey ahead. We headed into town and did our routine restocking before travelling south. This trip was uneventful except when we stopped at 80 Mile Beach. This beach was as long as the eye could see and there were plenty of shells for the girls to collect. We stopped just before Port Hedland and camped near a river by the highway.... read more
80 Mile Beach
80 Mile Beach
80 Mile Beach

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Port Hedland October 22nd 2012

We constantly hear about the mining boom in Western Australia and intellectually we know this is happening, but to actually see and experience the activity makes it incredibly real. The landscape is distinctly different from that of the Kimberley. Although the red colour still dominates it is more purpley than orange. Ranges topped with a layer of mineral rich rocks can be seen frequently and stabilised sand dunes increase in number as you go south. The vegetation is more sparse and shady trees harder to find. The daily temperatures still hover around the 40 degree mark. Fluoro orange or yellow shirts with reflective strips could be seen everywhere; on clotheslines, in the supermarkets, at the pubs and walking in the streets. White Toyota Hilux 4x4 with yellow fluoro strips and high-lift safety flags were the vehicle ... read more
Passing our third vehicle in 8,000kms
Pt. Hedland salt works
The sea end of the estuary creek

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Port Hedland September 30th 2012

Packed bags - check. Charged videocamera, camera, iPod, iPad - check. Set up travel blog - check. Transferred funds - check. Printed e-tickets - check. Swam in pool - check. Swept and mopped floors - oops I knew there was something I'd forgotten. Damn, better do it.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Port Hedland September 19th 2012

Hey So, Friedbert. Das hier ist fuer dich und Alaine, du wirst dich sicher auch sehr darueber freuen :) Ich habe diesen Blog lange Zeit nicht mehr weitergefuerht, weil ich es nicht mehr fuer notwendig hielt. Doch z.B. ihr kommt dann zu kurz, als schulde ich es euch, jetzt mal eine Zusammenfassung der letzten Ereignisse zu bringen :) Townsville; Ich habe diese Stadt echt freudestrahlend verlassen, auch wenn ich dort viel gelernt habe. Fuer all die Unwissenden; ich habe mir ein Tattoo wenige Tage vor meiner Abreise stechen lassen. Einen schoenen, blau-tuerkisen Stern an meinem rechten Handgelenk. In Cairns habe ich dann eine tolle Woche voller Partys und verrueckter Leute gehabt und meinen Roadtrip nach Alice Springs geplant und gemanagent. Bis es losging war ich im Cape Tribulation, Daintree Rainforest, der bekannteste Regenwald Australiens. Ich wurde ... read more
Kings Cayon and Uluru
Reisterassen in Tengalalang
Pura Kehen

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Port Hedland August 14th 2012

Days on the Road = 45 Days (6 Weeks & 3 Days) Well all packed up for our next destination, Eighty Mile Beach but we're stopping overnight in a rest area just to have a break then tomorrow head into Eighty Mile. We've heard mixed reports about Eighty Mile and Barne Hill but we are going to experience it for ourselves as what some people don't like we may. The weather is still divine..... Not much to see on the road just shrub and more shrubs but it's still good to be on the road again. We have time to pop into Whim Creek and Port Hedland enroute just to have a quick look around. However, there was nothing much to report in the way of tourist stuff. Oh well, worth the look though. We've been ... read more
Whim Creek Hotel
Whim Creek - Copper Mining Cart
The Girls in Port Hedland

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Port Hedland June 29th 2012

The point of going to Tom Price was really to recharge before heading into Karajini N.P. which is a place we skipped on the 2008 trip around the block and were advised that it was a place not to be missed at the time. As you can imagine, it was definitely on the bucket list for this trip, and we were not disappointed, but first a little about our time in Tom Price. The town is essentially a Rio Tinto town, centred obviously on the open cut iron ore mine. It is also the place of W.A’s tallest mountain (hill really) at 1128mts. It is known as Mt. Nameless, but as a poignant note at the Karajini Visitors Centre says, the aboriginals have called it Jarndrunmunhna (meaning “wallabies live here”) since the beginning of time… Anyway, ... read more
Hamersley Gorge
Hamersley Gorge
Tom Price town

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