Day Six. Carnarvon, Western Australia to Karratha, Western Australia. 644 Kilometers.
Last & final day of our road trip! Woohoo!
Hubs was feeling a bit better and we were determined to make the rest of our journey. Then again, 644 kilometers wasn’t very much to endure after our other 1,000+ kilometer days.
The drive as usual was calm and very uneventful. Passed by lots of RV’s as usual, and as we got closer we began to see lots of mining trucks. This time around, we were now surrounded by mostly desert. The drive takes you more inland, and while you know the ocean is somewhere west, you can’t see nor does it feel like you’re anywhere near one.
We passed heaps and heaps of trucks/utes (whatever they’re called!) that belonged to the mines. They’re mostly land cruisers and some other Toyota truck with the average size bed. Except these are white, have numbers on them, have orange flashing lights on the top and bright orange flags on antennas. Oh, and they’re really dirty from the red dirt.
about half way there we began to see turn offs for mine site after mine site. Mining towns much? Lol
We passed this roadhouse along the way. From what I remember we only passed maybe two of them along the way, and this was quite a large stop where many people seemed to stop off to fill up the gas tanks.
As we got closer, I tried not to think about meeting my in-laws for the first time too much so I wouldn’t become a complete nervous wreck. We had the Tom Tom on, so it counts down the kilometers and the time it will take to reach your destination.
Hubs and I kept watching tick down. We kept getting closer, and closer…finally we hit the turn off for Karratha! We had to drive West for a bit and then we reached a main road. A. I was impressed because they were putting up a very large stop light. Hello? A stoplight? Do you have any idea the relief to see construction that meant growth? It was a bit comforting knowing I wasn’t going to be in complete isolation. Lol
Then when we turned onto the main road and saw all the construction of an actual large 2 lane each way road with a huge divider and lights and heaps of brand new housing communities off the road on both sides…ahhh…yes. I wasn’t lost in the Outback, the Kangaroos had a less likely chance of eating me alive and there was development.
This may sound incredibly strange, however I grew up in a city and state of constant growth. California has constant road construction, constant freeway building, and new housing development all year around. Not going to lie, to see this in Karratha was comforting. Weird, I know.
It’s a weird town to explain. It’s very long, but not very wide. It looks like the dessert, lots of dirt- both brown and red. Honestly the dirt wasn’t as red as I was expecting it to be, and there are tons of palm trees. Love palm trees! Another comfort of home.
While the ocean is literally down the street, Karratha doesn’t have beach access. There is an area down the way to launch your boats and you can park your car and walk along the rocks. I’ll do another post on this area down the road, but the rocks that butted up against the ocean remind me of volcanic road. Then other parts have what the call “mangroves” where bugs and in other parts of Australia, where the crocs live. It’s basically trees along the ocean.
The beach access is in the towns in either direction. Each about 20-30 minutes away. I’ve only visited one so far, but I really need to make it a point to be more of a tourist to soak all this in and experience all that I can while we’re here.
There’s a little hill behind us that a lot of people use to exercise and walk up. Hubs and FIL (Father-in-Law) took the dogs up it one day, and hubs later drove me up there and we took these photos looking down over Karratha.