Port Hedland hasn’t improved all that much since our last visit in my opinion. Once again, we decided to stay at a park out at South Hedland. It was gruesome last time, and worse this time, but it’s close to a good supermarket and, as it turned out a good mechanic. The park really is bad, with signs up about people leaving Poo Parcels behind toilets for cleaners, and needles being left around too. It hasn’t had a thing done to it since we first visited 7 years ago so we’ve decided that was the last time we visit!
We’ve had a dreadful smell coming through the car’s heater. Originally we thought it might be a big frog we’d seen in the car and then never saw leave. Not long after that we killed a big bird and thought it perhaps it was that. On Thursday, when we noticed a big pool of coolant on the passenger side, we decided it might be time to have it looked at. We took it to Nissan who ran a diagnosis through their computer, then said they couldn’t work on it to the 22nd. Never mind, we found a local bloke who said if we had it in by 8 am the following morning he’d have it fixed by 9am and we could be on our way. True to his word, he did and we were and he only charged us $50, which Russ and I both thought a huge bargain.
As usual, we did a major shop at South Hedland Coles then took a bit of a drive around town. I have to say, the parks, playgrounds and exercise areas in both Hedland and South Hedland are impressive and the town is looking a lot better as they try to brighten things up.
The drive from Hedland to Newman is really quite nice through some amazing red rocky landscape on Aboriginal land, and hills as you get into the real Pilbara. I’d have loved to stop for more photos than we did, but we seemed to have huge road trains hauling ore, or returning from hauling ole, up our rear end for most of the trip. We had to pull over for quite a
few very large wide loads too!
The biggest reason we decided to visit Newman was to catch up with son Dan who works out of town at a mine. He had a rostered day off Saturday, so we were going to spend it with him , then return him to the mine in the afternoon. In the end he came in on Friday night on a bus and we met him around the corner at the pub. We had a couple of drinks with his work mates, then came home to the van for a dinner cooked by mum. He slept on the caravans table converted into a bed and seemed to sleep OK.
After a breakfast of bacon and eggs, we did some shopping, took a drive out to the local water supply, went back to the pub for lunch then just sat at the van and relaxed until it was time to take him back. It was such a lovely time.
Today we’ve done a heap of laundry, cleaned the van thoroughly and blogged. Tomorrow we’re of to Tom Price and Karajini National Park