Travelling Australia - Journal 2006
7-10 June 2006 - South Hedland (Part 1 of 2)

Location map These four days were the first part of our stay in South Hedland. Weather was interesting, the days were bright and sunny and a comfortable 25 degrees maximum but the wind came up at about 8 o'clock in the morning and blew strong and gusty until lunchtime then faded away during the afternoon; by sunset there was no wind at all. Nights were cold enough for us to get out some of the warmer bed coverings we had put away when we moved into the tropics. But the 9 or 10 degrees minimum overnight at South Hedland was the afternoon temperature we saw in Melbourne during an AFL match on television; that made us feel better.

We are staying at this caravan park for ten nights; that makes us long-term tourists and we see at first hand how transient occupants of caravan parks are. On many mornings the tourist area will be almost empty by 10 o'clock then fills up during the afternoon only to empty again next morning. Tourist caravans staying for more than two nights are unusual; most stay for a single night.

I use the GPS heavily in towns I am not familiar with to keep track of where we are going; while driving through Port Hedland the day after we arrived the GPS became intermittent; this lasted for two days after a couple of the US Defence Department satellites providing the navigation service failed. It took a couple of days for spare satellites to be moved into position and start transmitting and during that time my GPS receiver could not see enough satellites to provide accurate navigation information.

Octopus Crevices in the limestone around Port Hedland house many small octopuses.
Pindan wattle Pindan Wattle is very common around Port Hedland growing as densely flowering bushes up to 3 metres high.