Day 41

Trip Start Sep 23, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Friday, November 2, 2012

We said goodbye to Broome and I topped up with another $5.00 of petrol so we had a very full tank because our first stop was a long wat away. The Sandfire Roadhouse was a speck on the map that merely exists to rob tourists of their money. Unleaded was a $1.93 a complete rip off.
The drive from Broome was uninspiring with hardly any worthwhile scenery. We dodged willy willys and road trains throughout the day.
We arrived at Port Hedland mid afternoon to a town completely devoted to mining. The caravan park was no oasis. The powered site was $72 for the night. We were only using it as a stopover (thank goodness) but it was undoubtedly the worse detention centre sorry I mean caravan park we have stayed in. It exists primarily as an accommodation place for miners working in the numerous mine sites in the district. Fluorescent green shirts dominate the fashion landscape at Port Hedland and white four wheel drives with orange flag flying cars dart around everywhere. Also after 600 kilometres of driving we were greeted by an over zealous, regimented and very formal receptionist. I realise I am 42 but I do not expect or want every sentence spoken to me to end in sir. Do you understand where to park sir? Besides being way over priced we were placed on the most difficult site known to mankind to get into. It had a speed bump, narrow raised kerbs, sprinkler heads and caravans both sides. Why? There were at least 30 over sites completely unoccupied and with a much less degree of "getting into" difficulty! Needless to say there may have been some "swear, swear" as Emmy says during the backing in stage.
We completed the tourism side of Port Hedland in 20 minutes and that included going down a no through road! The cruise ship Voyager of the Sea was at port and we can only hope they didn't disembark. After a search taking in three states and 1000s of kilometres we found Chloe a pair of bathers at the local surf shop. What a place to find them? We returned back to the CP and had a swim in the pool lacking adequate water and tiles on the side. I did some decimals with Em as the pool had depth markers of 14m, 16m and 18m - a very deep pool indeed. OHS was not high on the priority list.
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Lauren on

It's places like these that make you appreciate all the good ones! ;)

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