We had a delayed start today and went to Soul nearly an hour later than scheduled, just because we were all very tired from the last few days activities. Beth from Soul is cool with that and sat down for a chat before the demands of running a very busy cafe called her away. There is a real buzz in here and it is busy.
They sell bags and jewellery at Soul - very nice. Trying to finish yesterdays blog but we need to move and get to the next thing.
At the Karratha Visitor Centre we meet the ladies there. Elisha is escorting us today for our industry tour. We have our long pants on and our long sleeved shirts with us. Still hot but not HOT so its okay. We pile into the KVC vehicle and on our way. First stop was to look at the operations of the Dampier salt farm from the viewing platform. This is the largest in the Pilbara.
Then we head on to the North West Shelf Visitor Centre which provides a view over the Karratha Gas Plant. We watch a video of the process of build and operations which is very interesting and then look at all the exhibits which tell the story of where the oil and gas is and how it is accessed. We have a play with the new tool they have, iPads which you point at the various buildings and it gives you the information about what its function is. We had a play with the interactive things there too including a thermal imaging pad.
Next on our list of things to do is a drive through the Parker Point ore car unloading and ship loading facilities. Fascinating stuff but this is now our third export port, second of Rio Tinto Iron Ore's ports. There are differences between each one.
We stop at the Red Dog Memorial for photos and then are treated to a picnic lunch on the Hampton Harbour foreshore under the palms after a drive around the Esplanade viewing the ocean and fringing town. A really beautiful spot, check out the harbour. No wonder so many people own boats. Great spot for a picnic. We watch a juvenile goanna climb one of the palms after the seagulls have finished squabbling on crumbs they never get and corellas graze the grass nearby.
On again to the East Intercourse Island viewing hilltop known as Queen's lookout. What a spectacular view 360 degrees taking in the ship loading of salt, the two iron ore loading areas and two gas loading berths. We can see the town of Dampier and the Port facilities as well. The near islands set in gorgeous sparkling blue water is so pretty. You can only see this by doing the tour.
We head back to the Visitor Centre and say goodbye to our hosts who send me off with a stuffed Red Dog toy I like. Next on to the Pilbara Development Commission offices before we give Shadow Man the slip briefly (he has a meeting) and get to the shop for water for the night and tomorrow. Back to the office to do a small recorded debrief then back to our accommodation as we have a big evening ahead.
After a couple of hours off to put our feet up, back to the Visitor Centre at 6:00 pm to meet up with Jed, aka Shark Boy, you can guess what he's been known to catch! Off to Withnell Bay on the Burrup Peninsula for a spot of night fishing and barbeque dinner on the beach. Justin has been wanting to fish since arriving ... Every body of water he says, Would there be fish in that? So let's find out tonight what sort of luck we have in the ocean.
Elisha kindly cooked a barbeque of sausage and burgers to put with salad and bread, we would have been starving were we reliant on our fishing prowess.
Justin had a heap of fishing snacking but no takers. I was on the phone to my daughter Mikaela when I had a bite also, but no catch.
Headed back to town and accommodation to get some rest.