Spectacular colourful scenery
Hot, humid, dusty.
Great for just passing through, it breaks up the travelling
This is where the range meets the coastal plains and there is a large vertical drop. I visited 2 weeks after the roads were opened after the end of the wet season so there was lots of water around. The pools were heavily frequented by the locals, its a great spot for total relaxation, pitty about the one-ways 3 hour 4WD dirt road journey along the Hamersley Iron rail access line from Tom Price.
As the country side is so harsh due to lack of water, this water fall/creek system is just magnicificant to be at. Bring your swiminmg suit, sun block, tweezers to remove spinafex grass, towel, lunch & plenty of drinking water.
Definately walk up the non-existant track to the top and behold the view, very hot rocks, and lovingly cool and suprisingly deep pools. Take a towel and wrap it about your legs to avoid spinafex thorns or take some tweezers!
Karratha is the town next to Dampier (and unfortunately not in the plan here at VT).
Right behind the Visitor Centre begins a walking trail with interesting points such as aboriginal stone-carvings and interesting landscapes.
The whole walk would take 3.5 hours and ends somewhere on the road to Dampier. But there is the possibility to make the small roundtrip and come back to the same point (around 2 hours).
For the plan ask at the Visitor Center, then you can also find the interesting points.
Even then you must be very cautious to find the right way. Take enough water with you and start earlier in the morning, when it is not too hot.
It is worth the preparations. You can see quite some interesting things (not many people there, either)
Gas piped in from about 130 kms offshore is processed here and stored before being piped over 1400 kms south and also shipped to Japan. More recently contracts have been signed for shipments to be sent to China (PRC). Tours of the facility are available but bookings are essential.
The Esplanade, P.O. Box 284, Dampier, 6713, Australia
Good for: Business
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.
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.
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.