Karratha and Co (Part 2)

The airconditioner is still on in case you're wondering. This time it's the car pumping out the cool air. We're on our way to Dampier.

The town of only a thousand or two is famous for both its archipelago and the major port that exports the regions iron ore, salt and natural gas. It also is home to a statue of the legendary Red Dog. Like Karratha, the town was built in the '60s to help export the mining industry's iron ore. The area's geographical limitations (it is quite hilly around the town and port) led to the construction of Karratha on flatter lands. So despite rival footy teams the towns (or city in the case of Karratha) have a lot to thank each other for.


Driving into town you pass over the last sections of a railway that stretches more than 1,700 kilometres from Tom Price to Dampier.


Like Cossack, the town is a popular spot for launching boats. This is especially due to the good fishing in the area. People can also visit some of the 42 islands in the Dampier Archipelago, though they may require permits to do so.

In the background of this image you can see a causeway that connects East Intercourse Island to the mainland.


Fun fact: the port exported 146 million tonnes of iron ore during the 2013/2014 financial year.

Other fun fact: that is a lot.


Out of town and further up the Burrup Peninsula one will find a plant belonging to Woodside's North-West Shelf Project. Along with other NWSP plants both on and off shore, the project supplies Australia with more than a third of its oil and gas production.


Later on we headed south of Karratha to Millstream National Park. Millstream is known for its gorges and scenery as well as the local's favourite swimming spot - Python Pool.


This photo sums up Millstream pretty well - a river surrounded by green trees with an arid and hilly environment in the background.


Millstream Homestead.


Burnt out trees make great subjects.

Clockwise from top left: the first photo was edited in VSCOCam, a filter/editing app for mobiles // further down the valley green trees stand tall next to the Fortescue river, seemingly untouched by the fires // the tree still stands but is a mere crisp of its former self // An unscathed white gum sits between the arches of these burnt trees, green leaves in stark contrast to the schorched earth.


The hills of Millstream switch between burnt out areas and shrub-land.


When walking around millstream it is important to bring good footwear such as thongs.


Next time I went out for a walk I wore sand shoes. I left home about 5:30 and was out and about by 6 o'clock. Before sunrise. It was 29 degrees.

But it was a nice walk in the Karratha hills with good views of the town.


And the sunrise was pretty nice as well.


Even looking south towards the highway you can still see the evidence of industry among the Pilbara hills.


From the hills you can also see the sea.



So I think that's it from up here in Karratha.

Oh and last post I mentioned that the Proving Sunshine facebook page was only one 'like' away from the big 100 milestone. I can happily say that the milestone has now been surpassed. Thanks for all the support, and I hope you enjoyed the post.

JR



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Joel Gibson

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Perth, Western Australia

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