We booked in at Karratha for a week long stay to let the rain clear and also because I have been carrying a back injury for a few weeks now and wanted time to rest and recover. I've had treatment on my back at Pingelly, Carnarvon and now Karratha. Following this third treatment in Karratha I think I am coming good again.
Karratha is a 'Resources Town' and the Prices of Services here reflect this fact. It appears as if the Boom has been and gone judging by the amount of empty housing and accommodation here in this town and the region as a whole.
It is not every region that can boast of a Movie Star! But this area has Red Dog. Immortalised here at the entry to Dampier.
It is the West Australia Day long weekend here and this gathering is The Red Dog Festival.
From The Festival Site looking over to The Dampier Iron Ore Ship Loading Complex. This is the ore from Paraburdoo and Tom Price.
Relative Close Up of two Ore Carriers being simultaneously loaded.
Also adjacent to Dampier is The Giant North West Shelf Gas Processing Plant.
Also nearby to Karratha is the Historic Town of Cossack. This town is mostly a Museum but it is still possible to stay over here in town. This is The Court House.
This is The Customs House. All the buildings here were constructed of masonry materials bought here as Ballast on the early shipping luggers.
The Cossack Wharf on The Harding River. The West Australia Pearling Industry began here in Cossack before transferring to Broome.
The old steps down to water level are very worn and weathered.
Town Beach at Cossack. Now a popular beach fishing location, but beware the sand flies are bad.
There is another Iron Ore Loading facility at Lambert Point as viewed from Cossack Town Look Out.
There are two ships at The Loading Facility and a further 16 at anchor along the Horizon Line. There is also a Lighthouse on the Island. Enlarge this picture and it becomes clearer.