Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Karijini NP to House Creek Rest Area


The ride out from Karijini via Paraburdoo is great. A totally amazing landscape. Ancient eroded mountain ranges that run from horizon to horizon. A landscape that has been stripped to it's very bones. Clearly saturated in iron ore and no doubt other valuable minerals. The only signs of human activity are the mine camps, the railways and the road trains hauling heavy mining equipment. All of these human signs are lost in the immensity of the Pilbara.

Athough we had been told that the supermarket in Paraburdoo would be open on a Sunday, we arrive to find it closed. We have to make do with the limited supplies we find at the petrol station. We pause only for morning coffee before pressing on. Our goal is a free camp site / rest area some 60 km short of Nanutarra Roadhouse on the North West Coastal highway. This is a distance of over 300km, and as we start to loose altitude, the temperature increases. We stop for a brief lunch and press on into the hot afternoon.

The rest area is in a dry creek bed. Plenty of shade, but no water and very dusty. The talc like red dust of the Pilbara that gets into everything. Still – lots of bird life and a three legged goanna keep us amused until the sun sets.

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