Trip Start Apr 02, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Where I stayed
Cleaverville Bush Camp
What I did
Cossack, Roebourne Gaol, Harding Dam

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

From Karratha we packed up camp and drove 60mks north east to our next stop at Cleaverville. This was to be a beach camp for 2 nights. While an extensive area for camping there were quite a few campers, it being a long weekend in WA to celebrate Foundation Day. Never-the-less Chris and Elizabeth had been able to find us a lovely spot that we shared with just one other couple. This was in the sand dunes that overlooked a lovely little bay. It being another warm day Chris and I donned our swimmers and headed to the water. We soon found out that while it looked lovely it was not necessarily so. Chris got into the water but I found the going too tough. It was extremely rocky and my calves were being pelted with them as I tried to walk in through the breaking waves. Needless to say I gave up while Chris persisted a bit longer. He came out soon enough after leaving a piece of his toe on one of the rocks. Oh well, sometimes you can't have it all. We continued to enjoy the view.

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. An enjoyable evening was had drinking beers and eating fish and chips and getting insight into the positive and negative impact that mining had on the local communities.

 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.

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Garry on

thank you once again,I way about ready to get onto the 'sat phone' and send a complaint, "Where's my update?" when this arrived. Fantastic once again, what a hard place!

Trish H on

Photos are just spectacular reading the blog makes you feel that you can share the wonderful experience

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