Port of Port Hedland 

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Port of Port Hedland

Leaving the beautiful remote beaches of the North  West, we arrive at the busy port of Port Hedland.

Salt and iron ore are the main exports. The fluctuation in tides is still quite huge here.

The enormous port of Port Hedland has facilities to cater for 13 iron ore and salt carriers to be moored at any one time.

It is a hive of industry with good organisation required as the channel is narrow, and has room for only one ship at a time.

All ships have to be turned around before docking so they face the open sea in readiness for a cyclone evacuation warning.

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Celebrating 70th birthday in style.

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Celebrating 70th birthday in style.

Celebrating 70th birthday in style, at 80 Mile Beach, then onto Pardoo station

There is no better place to celebrate your 70th birthday than on a working Cattle station, Pardoo station covers 500,000 acres (2023 square kms), its home to approx 7000 head of cattle

But leave it we must and move south to Broome.

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Parry Creek Park and hello Gibb River Road.

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Parry Creek Park and hello Gibb River Road.

After leaving Kununurra, we headed towards Wyndham, on our way to the Gibb River Road. Preferring to stay at a lovely bush caravan park on a lagoon on Parry’s Creek. The area is known as Parry’s Lagoon, and is a series of lagoons on Parry Creek alongside the old Hall’s Creek – Kununurra road.

The road in from the bitumen is a good, fairly well maintained dirt road easily traversed by on-road caravans. The caravan park is well worth a visit. Although not flash, it has all the mod cons including water, power, basic but very well kept facilities. Not a lot of shade, but still enough in a lot of places. It is a casual “choose a site” park with a huge area to choose from. A little restaurant under cover and under the shade of beautiful old trees provides very enjoyable food and beverages. The park was formally market gardens and mango orchards, but is now just a tourist park with a dozen motel units with a walkway over the lagoon and magical views and a lovely shady swimming pool to cool off in. After the hustle and bustle of Kununurra, it is a beautiful place of peace, quiet and an opportunity to see some amazing bird life. Because of it’s location, being just a few k’s from Wyndham, it is a great base for exploring the Wyndham district and the Eastern end of the Gibb River Road.

This one of our favourite places!

If you don’t have the suitable vehicle to traverse the often quite challenging conditions of the entire road, an excellent place to visit which has bitumen right to their turn off is El Questro Station.

The station road is a dirt road well maintained, but does have a creek crossing plus the Pentecost River crossing, so a conventional car is not suitable for this journey. However, our friends have a quite low on road caravan which managed them very well. It would be advisable to ring ahead if you are not suitably equipped.

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Windjana Gorge National Park

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Windjana Gorge National Park.

Tunnel Creek is part of the Windjana Gorge National Park.  Further along the road is Windjana Gorge itself.

Out of the flat landscape rises a majestic outcrop several km’s long. If you have ever been to Yosemite National Park in the USA, Windjana Gorge is a mini version of that, with sheer stone cliffs rising abruptly. It is quite an awesome sight!

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Mabel Downs Station

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Mabel Downs Station

An amazing bush caravan and camping park has been set up on Mabel Downs station just 1 km off the Victoria highway.

It has limited powered sites, which were booked out by 2pm, but the unpowered sites were very nice with clean bore water(which we boiled before using)  available. The area is very large and people are free to choose their own sites.

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Jayco That’s Freedom

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Jayco, That’s Freedom

The one thing we have learnt over the last few years of traveling is the freedom you have when you are on the road with a caravan behind you.
With the help of Camps 8, we are able to map out our days and travel around this amazing country.
If we decide we like somewhere we are able to stop for a few days, if we have enough we can move along to the next place.
Australia really is a beautiful place.

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Wyndham

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Wyndham

From Parry Creek it is an easy short drive to the historic port of Wyndham. Wyndham was established as a port to transport cattle to the southern regions of WA. Later a meat works was established there where, among other things, “Bully Beef” and Corned Beef were manufactured and sent to troops in WW2. This closed in the mid 1980’s.

An excellent museum tells an interesting and easy to follow, pictorial history of the town. Definitely worth a visit. The 5 Rivers lookout is also popular with tourists, where the King, Forrest, Durack, Ord and Penticost rivers flow into the Chamberland Gorge before entering the Timor sea. Quite spectacular. Although coping with the enormous challenges of isolation and forever changing government policy bring, Wyndham is a very interesting and worthwhile place to visit.

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Manballoo Caravan Park

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Manballoo Caravan Park

At Manballoo Caravan Park there is a short walk down to Katherine River, it looks picturesque however it may have salt water crocodiles, so unfortunately there was no swimming. It is a beautiful spot with beautiful shady trees, water, rocks and fishing.

Its a beautiful place to spend a few days exploring the sights of Katherine in an interesting relaxed, lovely outback setting. Manballoo Caravan Park is an old airforce base used in the 2nd world war.

We loved the park because it is out of town and surrounded by Manballoo station.It has enormous shady trees covering about 2/3rds of the park.Although a bit rough, has all mod cons of water, power and many grassy sites.

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