Trip Start Apr 02, 2012
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Where I stayed
Cleaverville Bush Camp
What I did
Cossack, Roebourne Gaol, Harding Dam
The next day we headed off to visit the attractions on Point Samson Peninsula. Our first stop was the historic township of Cossack. Cossack was founded in 1863 and had been the port for nearby Roebourne which at the time was the administrative centre for the whole area north of the Murchison River. This is prior to the existence of Karratha, which of course is now the administrative centre for the Roebourne Shire.
We had a lovely morning exploring 9 of the original buildings that have been restored and reading the fascinating stories that gave us insight into the regions colonial past. Next we headed to Point Samson which is a popular beach resort area to check out the beaches.
Andrew and I were having dinner with his nephew Sam, who works at Wickham skippering line boats, so we filled in some time looking at the old gaol in Roebourne. This is a beautiful building that has a horrible history of cruelty toward the Aboriginal inmates who were unfortunate to be incarcerated within its walls.
Roebourne had nothing else to offer in the area of pleasant scenery so we headed back to Wickham to meet Sam
We were to head off to Port Hedland the following day so Sam suggested we take a look at Harding River Dam before we leave this area, saying it was worth the one hour return trip. So after packing up the next day we headed off.
The drive out was through the now familiar rugged terrain of the Pilbara that has it own special type of beauty, with the road snaking alongside ranges, rivers and railway lines. We were fortunate to see one of those huge Iron Ore trains pulled up on a siding. Of course Andrew stopped to take a shot. We ventured on to Harding River Dam which is truly spectacular. It is worth talking to locals to find out about the hidden gems that are never written about in the tourist brochures. On our return journey we were stopped at a crossing by yet another ore train. This one had 3 engines towing about 250 cars. Is something awe-inspiring about seeing these trains in this country. It is amazing that this ore is being transported day and night, 365 days a year and the majority of us are unaware of this massive venture.