Barradale - Tom Price
28.07.2012 - 28.07.2012 23 °C
We woke up to the sound of trucks sailing past which was glorious (according to Mark!), packed up camp and back on the road we go. Not much to see from here on up to Paraburdoo, just a good drive none the less. Mark keeps saying that his not sure what all the West Australians are sooking about in relation to the roads. They are in better condition than all our roads in Victoria, including the dirt ones!
Paraburdoo is a mining town obviously and has that feel about it, however it does have all the essentials such as a supermarket, newsagency, servo plus other bits and pieces. One thing it does have and that is an Airport! The airport is obviously a hub for the Pilbara because it is incredibly massive. There would have to be 300-400 hundred mine spec vehicles parked at the airport and the jets flying in and out are massive. Rather intriguing and pretty cool to see in the middle of nowhere.
We keep heading for Tom Price which is a further 90kms up the road. We pulled in and immediately around the corner is a big dump truck to greet you, instantly setting the mood for the town. We book in at the one and only Caravan Park, after settling in we hit the town! It’s nice to have some time to see the town before dark. Wandering through the town it would seem better equipped than Paraburdoo, more services but still fairly comfortable. You can see they have put some effort into giving it a family orientated feel as well as trying to encourage a community spirit.
Next we went for a drive up to the top of Mt Nameless which is one of the main mountains, (The whole landscape is full of mountain ranges) definitely for 4WD’s only. The view from the top is awesome and well worth doing if you are here. You can see the mine on one side and the township on the other, and just a really good view in general especially to appreciate the mountainous terrain.
On the way back down we spotted a brand new Kenworth water cart getting delivered for a company called JAKK Contracting. I hear they are the best in the business, lol! the gear certainly is nice anyway. After that we choofed back to the park and called it a night. We are officially half way through our holiday now!
Mark, Delle n Mack x