30th September- 6th October 2012
30.10.2012 - 06.11.2012 -35 °C
We departed Ningaloo Station and decided we would call in to Onslow, just because we had never been there before. But as Jenna and I have realized on our journey so far, plans are made to be broken. We had heard a bit of a bad report about Onslow, so we decided to make our mind up once we hit the turn off, and we decided to keep on driving……
It was just as well, as we experienced car problems not far after the turn off. The big 200 series would not find 5th gear, and it also wouldn’t go over 100km per hour, which even though I usually sit on about 90 to 100km per hour, was definatley different.
I pulled over and popped the bonnet, even though I know next to nothing about cars. I pulled the air filter out, and it was really dusty and dirty. I gave it a bang and a blow out with the compressor, but it really didn’t make much difference.
So we limped into Fortescue Road house where we would stay the night. It’s a really nice overnight stop, with a bit of lawn for Cedar to run around, and FREE washing machines. Jenna made the most of the washing machines; she completed about 5 loads of washing!!!!
We took it pretty easy into Karratha, but the car was still not right. We managed to get straight into the local mechanic, which was amazing as everywhere we rang was a 3 to 4 week wait. The only reason we got in was our friend who lives in Karratha made the call for us, so thanks heaps Simon!!!!
Turns out the air filter was completely blocked, so no major problem. I had no snorkel on the landcruiser, and the air intake is under the drivers front wheel, which seems pretty stupid to me.
New filter, and I purchased a Safari Snorkel from TJM Karratha. Same wait to install, 3 to 4 weeks, and $500 price so I decide to install myself. Now like I said, I know nothing about cars so this was a big call. I took my time, brought the correct drill bits etc. and ended up the install cost me $150.00 and about 4 hours of my time. Overall I’m real happy.
We arrived at Point Samson and checked in at The Cove Caravan Park. It wasn’t planned to stay out at Point Samson, but Karratha turns out to be very NON dog friendly. Not to worry, because none of the parks in town looked very appealing anyway.
Karratha is absolutely booming, in every sense. Its so busy, neither of us could believe it, It really is amazing. Building and road works are everywhere, which is good to see because the town is now a major hub.
Point Samson Caravan park was great, although pricey at $49 per night. We got an ocean view site, and the amenities were excellent. We got the bikes off straight away and headed to the marina for a look. The town has a great holiday feel to it.
We headed into Karratha the next day which is only 40 odd km’s, and we did a major shop and also brought a few things that needed to be done to the van. We also caught up with our friend Simon again. He mentioned that fishing the creeks could be the go for Saturday, so our stay was instantly extended.
On Friday we again drove into Karratha to pick up some mail that had arrived, we decided to drive out to Dampier and have a look while we were at it. Its really nice out there, but again we were blown away by how much is happening on the way both mining and civil works. We also stopped at the “Iconic Red Dog” statue, more just to say we’ve been there than anything else.
Saturday came, and Simon was kind enough to pick me up so Jenna could have the car and have an explore by herself, so I could concentrate on the important things, like catching the elusive Barra. We launched the boat at Cossack, and the tide was really low, but we didn’t let that stop us. We must have flicked our rods 500 time and to no reward. But we did catch a feed of crabs, 1 decent muddy and 2 blue swimmers. Overall a great day.
Jenna took the car out to old Cossack town, and fell in love with the old buildings. I think she thinks I’m going to build a house like that when we get back to Denmark….. (Not likely). There are many historic buildings that have been restored in the town, a tourist trail explains the buildings aswell as the history of the area. She also took a drive out to Roebourne to visit the old Jail which has been also restored, however unfortunately it was closed, it would have been good to see.
On Sunday we met Simon and his wife Kylie and there kids at Wickham back beach. This is a locals spot, and is also home to Port Walcott Sailing Club. Its an awesome spot where you can order lunch which consists of fish and chips or fish and chips!!! But they were amazing, I would defiantly recommend this little spot. We parked the cars up on the beach, set the shades up, had a few beers and ate fresh fish and chips! What more could you want?
On Monday we departed Point Samson, headed for Pardoo……