Left Karijini early and stopped at Mt Bruce the 2nd highest mountain in WA, we did the short walk to the lookout. The main view was the iron ore mine close by and we joked whether it would still be the 2nd highest by the time they finished mining!!
Drove to Tom Price where we meet up with Margie and we all went to the pub for dinner. We have noticed a common problem with a lot of the mining towns that we have been through. They are so expensive to stay in due to the high wages of those working on the mines, that it is hard for people on ‘normal’ wages and jobs to survive. As a result the towns seem to struggle to have enough works in the shops and the pubs. Many windows have job vacancy signs, as did the Tom Price pub. They did a good job at the pub considering most of them could speak little or no English and were short staffed.
We drove out the next day making our way back to the coast. We decided to break up the trip and stopped at Emu Creek Station, a short way off the track for a few nights. So glad we did! Kylie and John have been running the station for 2yrs running droughtmaster cows and have great camping and BB accommodation. They have two gorgeous children 3yr old Kaysha and 9 week old Dryden. We were lucky to be the only campers as we are in the off peak season. They made us feel very welcome and we set up camp next to the permanent water hole on the river. It was quite and relaxing as we watched a beautiful sunset and had dinner listening to the birds.
We spent the next few days kayaking, looking around the old sheep shearing shedand yards, Kylie showed us how she reads the weather for the bureau of metrology everyday and made us the best Devonshire Tea ever! We sat and chatted to her, Joe and Glen their friends/workers. (John was away in Karatha working) Kaysha and the boys had a great time playing together. We were still sitting around chatting when the men had come back for dinner!
Met John the next day and Mike spent the afternoon helping out, taking water to the cattle at one of the troughs where the pump was struggling to keep up. On the way back Joe shot a kangaroo and Mike helped him skin it. This was more than he imagined he would be doing when he offered to help and he did well.
John cooked up a feast that night for us all and Mike tried kangaroo for the first time and really enjoyed it. Though he felt quite guilty about killing Skippy! A wonderful evening chatting and the boys watched a DVD with Kaysha.
It is hard to explain how comfortable and welcome we felt in such a short time and we thank you for such a wonderful outback experience. Mike is keen to come back and do some wwoofing with you.