Ah bliss, a quiet night –apart from the flapping annexe as the wind ripped through spasmodically. No trains, no trucks, no generators, only stars.
Our start was later today, about 6:00 & we headed for a swim at Circular Pool. There was quite a climb down the rocks but some volunteers had worked on the track and a lot of it was stepped. We had the pool to ourselves for about 45mins & it was fantastic. I could feel my inner core cooling. When others arrived we took the walk back along the gorge floor to Fortescue Falls & had another swim there but we had to share the space that time. After that we went back to the Lookout above Circular Pool & it was quite a sight looking down where we’d been.
Today has been a lot cooler, thank goodness. The gorges are beautifully cool and calm but the campsites are up on a plateau and as an ex-neighbour described it, “arid”, bare of shelter for us and blasted by winds. We decided to spend some time in the cool, sheltered Visitors’ Centre which is a fantastic iron building –not corrugated- untreated, thick steel plate that is rusting into the same colours as the ground around it. It has lovely curves and is based on the structure of a goanna with the head representing the future and the tail the past.
Lots of TopKnot Pigeons (probably really Spinifex Pigeons) have just come to visit and are walking past our feet, from the colour they probably can’t tell it’s not the ground.
We think tomorrow we’ll have a look at Weano Gorge then go to Tom Price & a lawn site.
Circular Pool, Dales Gorge
Amazing layers of rock. Dale's Gorge.
Looking heavenward from the floor of Dale's Gorge.
Why didn’t anyone warn us about Port Hedland? The place is so noisy, day and night, that a normal person can’t sleep. It was like having the 2 engine, 116 wagon train doing continuous laps of the Caravan Park. A finger in the ear works only for as long as you can keep it there.The Caravan Park was really taken over by workers, there were 4 washing machines but only 2 could be used by tourists te others were labelled, “For Work Clothes Only”. A worker at the Caravan Park told us he had been paying $1400 a week for a 2 bedroom house and was now paying $350 or so a week for his caravan site.
It was a relief to leave the noise and traffic and head towards Newman. We stopped at Auski or Munjina and it was like a Miners’ Canteen. There are lots of references in the newspapers to problems with “FIFO”s and it took me a while to work out it meant “Fly In Fly Out” however at Munjina there were Tshirts for sale with a different explanation. “Fit In or F….. Off” – spelt out clearly of course.
We have a good sized campsite but there is no shade at all and the wind made putting up the annexe a hard task. We went for a walk to Fortescue Falls and the Fren Pool which were refreshingly cool areas but there were too many noisy people and unsupervised children to make it relaxing. I heard the familiar phrase, “Why aren’t these kids in school?” After the walks I had to sleep and luckily the Camper was cool enough. My thermostat doesn’t seem to work properly and I overheat too quickly.
There are signs about warning us of problem dingoes but we haven’t seen or heard any.
Fluoro Rules OK? -Auski Roadhouse
Karijini Campsite at Dawn