We started the day with a delicious cooked breakfast at the Iron Clad Hotel in Marble Bar, thanks to our lovely host Kristy for a great start to the morning! We were joined by Tom, affectionately known as Foxy, who has owned the iconic pub for nine years. We learned about some of the challenges of running a business in the bush, where many people call 'tools down' and head for the Marble Bar pool when it gets too hot. Foxy is a visionary and has big ideas for both his business and the town. This town is currently preparing to close its main street for a billy cart race!
We packed our bags and said goodbye to our friends at the Iron Clad and headed to the Water Tower lookout for a birds eye view of the town.
Back on the road, we headed to Nullagine for lunch at Conglomerate Hotel. We got some great 'local' information from Nola who worked in the bar, (who is german and comes from Frankfurt but has worked in Nullagine for 5 months) on waterhole spot for a swim. Heading off the beaten track, we didn't find the water but did see a lizard eat a spider! Back on the road toward Newman, choosing to bypass Garden Pool as its dry at the moment. We saw a huge eagle on the way and managed to get a great photo.
Next stop is Opthalmia Dam. On the way the clouds are building up and we can see it is raining way over to the west. The dam is huge. We walk around for a while, enjoy a snack and the view. No rain from the clouds, but the wind is too strong to swim and definitely not good to get the paddle-board out.
We arrive at Newman Visitor Centre where Tracey comes to show us around, and to check in to the newly-built chalets. They are gorgeous self contained chalets with, as described by Tracey, the best ensuite you'll find in the Pilbara!
We take a short stroll down the road to Mia Mia Restaurant, which is very fancy and modern. After a huge day we all devour big meals (again!). It was all delicious.
Following another wonderful dinner with great company we head back to the chalets to test out to super comfy-looking beds. I wonder what tomorrow will bring...