Australia's largest export harbour
30.03.2012 - 01.04.2012 34 °C
We are camping on the seafront caravan park in Dampier in view of huge iron ore freighters docked in the harbour to get replenished with iron ore being exported to the rest of the world, and I guess, mainly China. I should have collected the red Pilbara sand and dust that I have washed off the Quantum and the Landcruiser yesterday as Im sure there were a few dollars worth of iron ore in the dust washed off our vehicles.
Apart from the harbour, Dampier is home to huge liquid nitrogen gas and shelf gas production plants. It has a population of just over 1,000 people but it is probably most famous for its statue of Red Dog, the Australian red Kelpie that travelled most of the Pilbara in the 70's in search of his deceased owner, hitching rides on trucks, cars and trains. We saw the movie when we arrived in Perth and is was very apt to visit his statue. More information about Red Dog: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Dog_(Karratha)
Driving north into the Dampier Peninsula there are very interesting sites to see ancient aboriginal rock art and I have posted a few here on the blog.
At least there are no ants, flies or mosquitoes in Dampier, or at least whilst we were staying here. A relatively cool sea breeze occasionally brings slight relief from the oppresive heat and humidity, and even with the breeze I was still sweating prefusely whilst sitting outside at 10pm in the evening. We are thankful for the airconditioner in the Quantum. We are using our stay in Dampier to recover from the rough Pilbara, do some cleaning and washing and catching up with e-mails and blogs. From here we are heading north-east to Eighty Mile Beach between Port Hedland and Broome.