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Day 65 - Monday 9 July 2012

West Peawah River Rest Area to Eighty Mile Beach

We were rudely awoken this morning at 7:00 am while we were enjoying a sleep-in by Chappy, who had rung to tell us that Nick and Christine Tall could be in our area soon. Apparently they are at Kununurra and heading towards Broome so we may catch up with them soon. The phone signal had been very problematic with only one bar occasionally – But Chappy managed to get through!

We were packed up and were on the road at about 9:00 am this morning. We decided to go into Port Hedland as they had a Windscreens O’Brien outlet to see if they could do a quick repair on our windscreen – however they were too busy to do the repair, so we will try again in Broome where they have a Novus outlet.

Almost everything of any importance in Port Hedland is located on Robinsons Road, including Windscreens O’Brien, Woollies Supermarket and Woollies/Caltex Petrol. We made a final visit to the supermarket and filled up with diesel before moving on. We noticed that the Don Rhodes Mining Museum was located next to the Shopping Centre so went around the block for a couple of photos of early Hamersley Iron Locomotives.

Retired Hammersly Iron Locomtive

Retired Hammersly Iron Locomtive

Another Retired HI Locomotive

Another Retired HI Locomotive

We stopped at Pardoo Roadhouse to refuel and also bought a couple of chicken rolls for lunch. We have noticed that the road-trains have been getting longer the further we come north. Near Perth the road-trains had two trailers, around Karratha it was 3 trailers, and now around Port Hedland they are 4 trailers.

We turned off the Highway and travelled about 10 kms on a dusty gravel road to the Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park. They do not take bookings and they had no powered sites available, so we are on an unpowered site with generators allowed for the night, and we will try for a powered site at 8:00 am in the morning. After setting up we went for a walk up onto the sand dunes to check out the Eighty Mile Beach. The beach goes on forever in both directions, and apparently the fish are biting – so we shall see!

Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park - Generator area

Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park - Generator area

Eighty Mile Beach looking south

Eighty Mile Beach looking south

Posted by TwoAces 06:35

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