Time to spare this morning so we had an early morning walk along the beach. The sun had some bite in it even at 7am but the sea breeze helped to cool us down and it was beautiful looking out over the low tide as the sun reflected off the water. We ordered breakfast in this morning and what a good start to the day.
Our first stop this morning was the Roebourne Visitor Information Centre and Old Gaol Museum. Here we met Ruth and Yohanna who presented us with a goody bag, thank you. Yohanna was our own private tour guide for the day and that tour started with a walk through the Old Gaol. With such a deep history the Gaol builds on your understanding and empathy to those who were unfairly treated, in particular the local Aboriginals. Next we did a drive through Roebourne as Yohanna pointed out local landmarks and the history surrounding them.
We were lucky enough to stop at the Yinjaa-Barni Art Centre and view the work of several world renowned Aboriginal artists. Each and every painting was just as incredible as the next and our host Allery introduced us to the different styles of the artists. We were also able to see several paintings in progress which gave a deeper appreciation for the work that goes into each and every one.
A drive through Wickham with Yohanna’s guidance and then past the iron ore stock piles. Yohanna pointed out the differences in the iron ore piles and explained what the machinery was doing. This was complimented by the information she had on the iron ore process and the history of Rio Tinto.
Upon arrival in Cossack we sat in the courtyard and enjoyed a very yummy and fresh lunch provided by the NYFL’s Leramugadu café. After lunch Yohanna walked us through the rich history of a town which was established for only around 40 years. She shared her vast knowledge of ruins, hidden sites and how each building that is still there today was used. Plenty of opportunities for some funny photo moments before driving up to a lookout overlooking the stunningly blue ocean. You could easily spend time along the water here soaking up the beach life style. On the way out Yohanna also took us to the old school house, a trip down memory lane for some seeing the old style desks. Thanks Yohanna for a great tour through the history of Cossack, Wickham and Roebourne.
A bit of free time for a relaxing swim and some other activities before dinner at The Stro, Wickham’s Sportsman’s Bar and Bistro. Relatively new and overlooking a sports field the place had a real family, relaxed vibe. Tracy our host was welcoming and we had a mutual connection as she had spent a lot of time in the areas surrounding our home town. Dinner, once again was delicious. The four of us shared a tasting platter which could have easily been our meal before tucking into our mains. The meals were tasty, big and delicious.
Enough time for another spa and a movie back at our room at Point Samson Resort before turning in for the night.