Dampier Mermaid Hotel
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Termite Mounds, Karajini National Park, WA.
View from Mt Nameless
Parker Point Reclaimer
Iron ore Train on Rail Access Road
Travel Tips for Dampier
Rail Access Road to Tom Price
This is a fully maintained private road for a private rail line access for heavy haulage vehicles. Its the best dirt road I've ever been on. The train had around 200 cars, we were stopped for quite some time counting...
This is a very boring long and dusty trip. There is the Python Pools, Mill Stream National Park, Termite Mounds, Tom Price, Rail Way Crossings and lots of dust to see and do. Its a great way to get to the Iron Ore town of Tom Price where you can tourist visit the mine and go onto Karajini National Park and see the gorges.
Lots of drinking fluids, and driver rotation is recommended.
Aboriginal Engravings at Karratha
There is a small valley, where you can find a lot (lot) of aboriginal stone engravings.
It?s not so easy, to find, though, because there is no sign.
At the Visitor (information) Center they give you a hand painted plan.
The description goes like that:
From Karratha you drive in the direction of Dampier, you turn off to the Burrings Peninsula and then to Hearsons Cove. The way is partly tarred.
Drive until you come to the beach, (set your distance-meter) then drive back. After 1.1 km (shortly after the sealed road ends), there are two metal poles and a gravel road to the left, there you turn in (no signs).
Theres a car turnabout shortly after, where you can park.
Then walk up the path (keep left). There are water holes and stones and a lot of engravings on them.
Keep your eyes open and you can see kangaroos, fishes, boomerangs, humans, etc.
Parker Point Iron Ore Port Facilities
This is on of the ports where the mined iron ore is stored prior to being shipped to a smelter. There is very large equipment, a train unloads ore from the remote mines, a conveyor belt system transports the ore to the stockpile yards where its dumped via a stacker. A reclaimer digs the stockpile and the ore via conveyor belts ends up in a ships' hold.
The photo is of one of the reclaimers in the stockpile yard.
Other road into Millchester Ntl Park
I have to admit, I don´t like to be driving the same road two times. Not if I can help it.
Into Millchester Ntl Park there is exactly one way on the map, but wait: what does this dotted line mean? Private road. Ah, sh**§/°
But my travel book knew a little more:
"The Hamersley Iron Access Road Between Karratha and Tom Price is privete. Permits are available from the Hamersley Complex at Parker Point in Dampier during office hours Monday to Friday."
So we tried this, and: really, we got the permission, we only had to watch a short film about secure driving on gravel roads (because that road is one) and sign a sheet. It is free, also.
Although it is an access road and designed for heavy vehicles, it is quite easy driving and an interesting landscape, too. Don´t go faster than 90 km/h and turn on your lights. That´s about all.
The picture shows the waterfall (dry at the moment) at Python Pool in the Millstream Chichester Natl Park.
Good place for taking a lunch!
Atop Mount Nameless
Gee whiz, a mountain called "Mt Nameless", just have to assend to the top of that one. This must be why climbers say "I did it 'cause it was there!" The summit is 1019m above sea level, however the foot car park is about 700m above sea level.
If you don't want to walk up, there is a 4WD trail up there, it is very dangerous, ensure you have done 4WD driver training as the trail is composed of loose shale, stopping is not an option on the assent or descent.
Once up there we shared the view with a telephone cell tower, there is a greater steeper & sheer vertical path for those adventerous souls, can be achieved without any climbing gear.
From the summit I snapped this pic of the Tom Price Mine Site/Process Plant, the mined mountain is/was Mt Tom Price, its missing 30 Billion Tonnes.
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