Day 9

Posted by admin on April 7, 2014

Enjoyed the deliciousness of the resort .. The ambiance, the rooms, the art, the ensuite, the beds. Full cooked breakfast in our room so I am feeling that is a treat.

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Packed up and ready to head to Roebourne but we get some photos around the resort first. Helen is lovely and has been in the Pilbara a long time.

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We reach the Roebourne Visitor Centre and get a cuppa then are joined by our guide for the day, Yohanna. We have a brief chat about the age of the Old Gaol and the history of the area. Bus Tour around Roeburne, Cossack, Rio Tinto mine, ending with lunch at Wickhams Sportsmans Bistro.

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I was surprised how much I enjoyed Roebourne and Cossack - I love all the old stone buildings and the history of them. We also stopped at Yinjaa-Barni Arts studio and met a few artists at work.

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They have displays in Perth and a big competition at Cossack every year. Their work is fantastic! If only I could afford it, I'd definately take one home.

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The mine tour was good, pretty similar to BHP Billiton Iron Ore port tour except we got to go a lot closer, even under the conveyor belt and right up near the jetties. The meals at The Stro (short for Bistro) were huge and very yummy. You can choose from about 10 burgers that come with onion rings and coleslaw, there's pizza, pasta and various other dishes. A guest sitting near us had the 'always changing tasting plate for two', it looked great.

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Something for everyone. Back to the Roebourne Visitor Centre for a coffee and I wanted to look around a little more, hadn't seen the older deteriorating gaol outside plus other displays.

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In the car to Karratha, straight up to the lookout behind the Karratha Visitor Centre for an overview of the town. Looks nice and so close the ocean.  Really looking forward to checking in at Velocity .... accommodation but first stop at the shopping centre. Karratha is the biggest town we've seen since arriving up here- there's fast food and department stores! We mail some postcards and buy some boardshorts, my white one's got red dirt and green algae from sitting on those waterfalls in Karijini. My white thongs are a lovely burnt orange colour also. I like to call it 'Pilbarised'! They'll be fine once soaked.

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Check in at Velocity. It's set up for mine workers but anyone can stay. The rooms have shared central loungeroom, kitchen and dining with 2 bedrooms and bathrooms to each side. So there's 3 TV's and 3 airconditioners! Very nicely set up with modern furniture and fully equipped kitchen, washing machine, dishwasher and iron. Plus there's an onsite gymnasium and pool. Time to meet Malcolm Wylie, one of the owners of a group of accommodation venues. We met at Cheratta Lodge next door to Velocity. It's a lovely outdoor pool area with Bali-style gazebos, BBQ's, stereo and palm trees. It was great to meet Malcolm and learn a little about the history of the Cheratta & Velocity Lodges and where they're heading.

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No time to stop yet, going to Blanche Bar to meet Bart Parsons, part owner, for some Tapas and a drink. The food is great and it's a very fashionable bar, it's been operating for 18 months. Thongs are acceptable footware, just no singlets or high visibility clothing. Bart sees a need for this higher class, yet casual, venue in Karratha and has started the process for a similar bar in South Hedland. And judging by the busyness on a Monday night he just might be right!

 

Back to Velocity for a well earned rest. We have agreement for a slightly later start tomorrow which will be nice.