Australia - Karratha
Trip Start Dec 05, 2005
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After filling up with diesel and shopping essentials we began the long journey to Karratha (6 hours of driving!). We had previously decided to take the coastal route rather than going inland via Tom Price and Karrinji as it was slightly shorter and would not encounter any rough, unsealed four wheel drive dirt tracks.
Splitting the driving and i-pod DJ responsibilities 50/50, the time passed surprisingly quickly with only a solitary emu and a number of large ranges to distract our attention outside the window (PICS).
Arriving at the campsite we had our obligatory quick sunset dip in the pool before showering, making dinner and settling down for the evening. In the process of setting up camp we discovered from the park manager that the entire North West corner of Australia has a problem with Singapore ants. These little critters were washed to the surface of the ground by the high rainfalls of the wet season and were looking for food sources and alternate abodes. Suddenly we didn't feel so alone in our struggle against them although we were a bit concerned to hear that they like to feed on electrical wiring!! It was time for some serious pest control.
Awaking early to take in what Karratha had to offer, before heading on to Port Hedland, we took a drive around the centre of town and called in at the visitor centre. We were given a map of the local area and pointed in the direction of a few good lookout points; TV lookout (PICS) and a 360 panoramic at Cossak (PICS) which was slightly out of town but en route.