The long drive; Exmouth to Broome via Port Hedland
Trip Start Dec 29, 2010
152Trip End Dec 05, 2011
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The first day and 600km took us to Point Samson, where we met yet another nice couple with young kids doing the round Australia thing. She was South African and he British but they had been living in Perth for a while and were doing a swan song tour of the country before heading back to South Africa for a bit more sophistication! Point Samson - nice view of anoher iron ore loading facility at Cape Lambert and frankly very little else but for a great play ground at the campsite.
Port Hedland is another one of numerous towns along the coast that have changed dramatically over the last 10 years, principally due to the mining wealth and job creation. there is not enough housing and too many jobs, with rents equivalent to a 3 bedroom flat in London, and not Brixton but Chelsea and jobs driving fork lifts that require no previous experience and give you complete training starting at over £100,000 per year!
Day 3 and the tour - see above - suicidally boring - and then on about 300km to Eighty Mile beach. Beach cricket to end the day and wonderful sand castles, not of castles but a full replication of the iron ore process form mine to train and on to crushers and then the port loading facilities and China - not a bad education in the end. It was also our last night in the gypo van before the final 400km to Broome. Truth be told Katherine and I were sad having really settled into the rhythm of life on the road in a camper van and the experience on the West coast of Australia met our expectation of adventure perfectly. We celebrated with a drink with our new friends from Point Samson and the kids all watched an outdoor movie with their older son under the stars.
Next stop Broome and a few days of white fluffy towels, room service, and hotel luxury before the real camping starts.