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Iron Knob has certainly changed over its years of existence. From the heart of Australia's iron and steel industry, it is almost a ghost town today. Dedicated volunteers keep its tourist attractions going and survive on the donations the tourists leave or the reasonable cost for the mine tour.
We stayed at Knobbie's Caravan and Camping Area. Technically a free camp with a request for donations. The amenities were basic but clean and good. A camp ...
... van) mid very pretty, right on the water, with a little beach and a few houses, and of course the lighthouse - we were worried about the wind, but luckily it wasn't too bad, in fact the flies were at their worst, and kept us indoors. At 4 pm when we arrived, we were lucky to get a spot, it is very popular at this time of year ...
Well here we are again, and we are going to surprise a lot of people with this blog.
We ended up going back to Barn Hill for another couple of weeks after John & Narelle went to Darwin, and had a wonderful time once more. Thanks Sharon, Craig, Jenny, Chris and Daniel for making our extended stay so much fun.
It was time to hit the road again and start heading across to Kununurra to see Rod & Linda, some new friends, before making our way to Katherine ...
... the geocache there before refuelling and driving on to a parking area at the Darkes monument. There was a geocache here but it was bucketing down when we pulled up so we had some lunch and when it stopped for a bit, Bob went off up the hill to collect the cache. The monument is of John Charles Darke, a surveyor and explorer who was speared by natives in 1844 in this area known as Waddikee Rocks, on his way back from the Gawler Ranges. The wind was ...
TUESDAY - DAY 36 12TH MAY, 2015
The front mine in Iron Knob might have closed but the big one over the back sure hasn't. They work around the clock and if the wind is in the right direction you can hear machinery reversing and the thud of some sort of machine as well. Apart from that it is rather a quiet camp-ground and there were about half a dozen of us there last night.
It is on to Port Augusta this morning to have one of the gas bottles ...