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Journey 2 - 52 Weeks On
March, 4 2010
Paraburdoo
William L Fox
Writing

Two hundred feet above me morning sunlight skims along the rim of Weano Gorge, bouncing from wall to wall until it reaches the water in the pool at my feet. The gorge is carved into the sedimentary...

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Journey 2 - 52 Weeks On
March, 4 2010
Paraburdoo
Mags Webster
Writing

For Barry, Bill and Mark this was their first Pilbara experience. How fitting it was that it started at the tiny, quintessentially 'outback' airport at Paraburdoo. As we stepped off the plane and i...

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Journey 2 - 52 Weeks On
March, 4 2010
Tom Price
William L Fox
Writing

On the drive to Tom Price, eighty kilometres northeast and the entrance to Karijini, evidence of the cyclone that went through here in January was abundant in the washouts and road repairs. As the ...

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Journey 2 - 52 Weeks On
March, 4 2010
Tom Price
Mags Webster
Writing

Russet. Plum. Cocoa. Lavender. Silver-sage. Shadows of purple. Out into a landscape of Albert Namatjira colours. We've landed at Paraburdoo, welcomed by a massive goanna, which looks almost as anci...

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Journey 2 - 52 Weeks On
March, 4 2010
Between Tom Price and Karijini
William L Fox
Writing

After a fitful air-conditioned sleep we had driven out of Tom Price early this morning and into Karijini, nothing else on the road except mining vehicles labelled 'patrol' and 'emergency unit.' We ...

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Journey 2 - 52 Weeks On
March, 4 2010
Karijini National Park, Oxers Lookout
William L Fox
Writing

The first place in the park that Paul takes us is Oxers Lookout, which stands three hundred feet above the meeting place of the Red, Weano, Joffre, and Hancock gorges at Junction Pool. It's a major...

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Journey 2 - 52 Weeks On
March, 4 2010
Karijini National Park, Hancock Gorge
Mags Webster
Writing

We go to Hancock Gorge, its cliffs tiled with bruise-coloured plates of stone and shale. Distant sound of water far below. We listen to the music of the land, we osmose into its soundscape. I'm sta...

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Journey 2 - 52 Weeks On
March, 4 2010
Karijini National Park, Hancock Gorge
Paul Parin
Photography

I have all just recently returned from an amazing cross country expedition through the Pilbara. My travelling companions consisted of four writers, a painter, a project manager and myself, one ver...

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Journey 2 - 52 Weeks On
March, 5 2010
Tom Price Railway Road
William L Fox
Writing

In transit with water and ore

Midmorning the next day we stow our bags in the back of Frank and Elaine Argaet's well-equipped SUV to keep them out of the red dust as we drive the Tom Pri...

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Journey 2 - 52 Weeks On
March, 5 2010
Mount Sheila
Mags Webster
Writing

There is a daylight moon. Do we see it because the air is so clear? In the mid-morning sunlight, the colours are pretty bleached but there is still a hint of its lacy outline hovering above the esc...

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Journey 2 - 52 Weeks On
March, 5 2010
Millstream-Chichester National Park
William L Fox
Writing

In the late morning we top Mt. Sheila at the former site of a telecommunications facility, one of the steeper improved tracks I've ever driven on. Barry's GPS reads 3290 feet--1002 meters--and alth...

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Journey 2 - 52 Weeks On
March, 5 2010
Millstream-Chichester National Park
Carolyn Karnovsky
Photography

Following an unforgettable morning tea, courtesy of Elaine and Frank Argaet who are Tom Price residents and kindly offered to be our guides for the day. They lead us along the private road that con...

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Journey 2 - 52 Weeks On
March, 6 2010
Burrup Peninsular
William L Fox
Writing

Dampier is an active port but only a small town, fewer than 1800 people living in it; that includes the transient workers sharing the motel with us, like the pair of deckhands next door from Shangh...

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Journey 2 - 52 Weeks On
March, 6 2010
Burrup Peninsular
Mags Webster
Writing

I've sketched something in my notebook - a jagged scribble of ink, looking like broken shark teeth. Underneath I've written 'Standing Stones Site - Flying Foam Massacre'.
I've copied out the w...

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Journey 2 - 52 Weeks On
March, 6 2010
Dampier Archipelago
William L Fox
Writing

In the afternoon, when Shane accompanies us out on a boat for a half-day cruise through the archipelago, it takes some time for the water and wind and sun to calm us down from the acute sense of co...

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Journey 2 - 52 Weeks On
March, 7 2010
Dampier Archipelago
Carolyn Karnovsky
Writing

The Archipelago is considered to have the largest concentration of rock art in the world, estimated at perhaps a million petroglyphs. Our tour of the Dampier coast continued by boat taking us throu...

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Journey 2 - 52 Weeks On
March, 7 2010
Dolphin Island and Archipelago, off Burrup Peninsula
William L Fox
Writing

At one o'clock and after a quick lunch eaten on the boat we're back in the channel and sail over the pipeline bringing in the offshore gas. It's down about ten metres, covered in rocks for protecti...

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Journey 2 - 52 Weeks On
March, 7 2010
Dampier
William L Fox
Writing

At the end of the day we sit in the hotel bar, sunburned and wind blasted on a covered terrace drinking beer with lemon slices and looking down at the port with its fishing boats, recreational sail...

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Journey 2 - 52 Weeks On
March, 8 2010
Burrup Peninsular
William L Fox
Writing

Stories replacing stories

First thing the next day we hike up a hill in Deep Gorge to see the petroglyphs of the now-vanished fat-tailed kangaroo, an image executed on a large flat boul...

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Journey 2 - 52 Weeks On
March, 8 2010
Cossack
William L Fox
Writing

By mid-morning we're on our way to Roebourne and the Aboriginal art centre there, but we detour first to Cossack, an historical town that was the birthplace of pearling in WA during the 1860s. By t...

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Journey 2 - 52 Weeks On
March, 8 2010
Cossack
Mags Webster
Writing

By Monday we had farewelled the Burrup and were starting to make our way towards Port Hedland, taking in Cossack, Point Samson and Roebourne along the way. But first, a mandatory stop at the Pilbar...

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Journey 2 - 52 Weeks On
March, 8 2010
Roebourne
William L Fox
Writing

When we reach Roebourne later in the day, we learn a little about the creation of local stories. The Aboriginal arts centres of Australia began to be established in the 1970s as a place for local p...

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Journey 2 - 52 Weeks On
March, 8 2010
Point Samson
William L Fox
Writing

We break from the heat in Roebourne by driving over to Port Samson for a lunch of blue fin grouper and chips, then head back out to the collection of upright sticks in the mud that we now know are ...

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Journey 2 - 52 Weeks On
March, 8 2010
Boodarie
William L Fox
Writing

Port Hedland: Issues of scale

It takes us most of the rest of the afternoon to drive the two-lane road from Roebourne to Port Hedland, at 15,000 or so people now the largest town in the Pilb...

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Journey 2 - 52 Weeks On
March, 8 2010
Port Hedland, the Port
William L Fox
Writing

At 6.15 in the evening we drive down to the port to take a look around the harbour aboard one of the pilot boats used to bring in the tankers, several of which are being loaded as we cast off. Iron...

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Journey 2 - 52 Weeks On
March, 8 2010
Port Hedland, the Port
Mags Webster
Writing

We are out on the harbour at Port Hedland. Getting dark. We're back in the gorges but this time the cliff walls are the towering hulls of the bulk carriers, their anchors angled like gargoyles off ...

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