We start the day with a yummy breakfast at Dome, Port Hedland's newest cafe. Not only do they put on a great breakfast and coffee, but the restored building we were in was amazing.
Next we are off on an Urban Art Walk with our guide Natasha from the Port Hedland Visitor Centre. We enjoyed viewing all the street art and, with Natasha's guidance, appreciating the meaning behind them.
A quick visit to the Courthouse Gallery before boarding the bus for our BHP Billiton and Town tour. Just a heads up my career as an actress is really stepping up a gear today, we were filmed boarding the bus for a German documentary. The sky is the limit!
The tour took us through the BHP Iron Ore facility where we were able to view the process of the train carts being emptied, the iron ore being stockpiled and where they would be loaded onto the ships. The tour went on through the town and our guide pointed out the areas of significance throughout Port Hedland. Thank you to Sue from the visitor centre who presented us with a gift on behalf of the Port Hedland Visitor Centre.
After the tour we dined with Town of Port Hedland Mayor, Kelly Howlett at the Silver Star Cafe. This cafe was very unique in location as it’s within an old train carriage. Martin the Manager gave us a beautiful little book about it. The food was delicious, I was full until dinner time! It was lovely getting to know Kelly who is very passionate about the town and thank you Kelly for the DVD featuring the documentary 'Saving the turtles of Port Hedland,' something Kelly is very passionate about.
After lunch it was definitely time for a swim at Pretty Pool. The water was beautiful in temperature and the location very relaxing. This afternoon we were lucky to join a Seafarers harbour run. The Seafarers Centre is one of over 300 worldwide, they provide pastoral care services and support for those on the ships. Our host Kathy had many fantastic and inspiring stories. We were all in awe as we got up close to these ships, you really can't comprehend just how big they are until you are right there. It was great to view the ships in different stages of the loading process to see just how much of such a large vessel ends up under the water and learn about the process involved in loading. A lot of the Seafarers are away from their families and friends for up to 9 months at a time as they make the journey between Australia and the other port many times so even the practical support of a trip to the supermarket and a place to relax on land has meaning. During the year especially around Christmas the centre also puts together hampers and gift bags to deliver on board. Definitely a must see if you are in the area!
Dinner at the Port Hedland Yacht Club was a fitting end to the day. Sitting outside with the cool breeze from the water was a lovely back drop to another delicious meal and a relaxed ambiance. Wish we had been a little earlier and seen the setting during sunset which we are told is just beautiful.