Still Working Away in Port Hedland.

Port Hedland Travel Blog

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The sky is stunning at night here.

It is now officially winter in Oz, and we are still here in Port Hedland, living and working in the All Seasons Hotel. I say winter, the 'lovely cool weather' that everyone has been raving about turns out to be still in the high 30's (that's 90 - 100 degrees!!) And this is winter! Crazy! We have been here just over 2 months now and have been working VERY hard...so hard in fact, that we have managed to earn just over 4,000 Pounds between us in that time...not bad we think.

It is starting to get very draining now though. This is a very small town where nothing happens...it's only purpose is to mine the iron ore here and so most people are here to work. About 90% of the people staying in the hotel work in the mining industry and live in the hotel for 3 or 4 weeks at a time, then have a week or two off and return here.

What a fantastic sunset!
We, therefore see the same people daily and as we live on site, it can feel like you never get away.

On the upside, Port Hedland and the Pilbra Region, where we are, has some of the most spectacular sunsets you will ever see. Every night the sky is a different mix of reds, oranges, yellows, blues and purples and no two sunsets are the same...it is so awesome and we sometimes all run to do the room service run each night so we can have a good look at the sky.

John is now working in the Bottle Shop, which is the Aussie version of an off licence...with a twist...this is a drive through... yes, a drive through. Customers drive up to the bottle shop, John comes out, they place their order (which is usually a few crates of beer), John goes back inside, grabs the alcohol they want and loads it onto their truck or car, they hand John the money and it's a done deal, they drive away.

Me, working hard in the Bistro.
.It is mad! It is like a drive through Mc Donalds...but with alcohol, and they wonder why they have a problem with drink drivers over here?! Anyway, Danny, who usually does this job, has gone to Perth for Easter and so John is filling in for two weeks. He says he is so bored...he takes a book to work because there can be spells where no one comes at all and then 4 or 5 cars turn up at once. He does not like being on his own and would much prefer having someone to chat to but it is a softer deal in some ways as he starts at 2 in the afternoon and finishes at 8 or 9 at night, so that is good.

I, however, am still working in the Bistro. I have been doing lots more hours lately and have been doing 3 shifts a day sometimes, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Me, enjoying the last of the sun's rays.
..this means, 13 or so hours a day, in split shifts, spread over about 17 hours, starting at 5 in the morning and finishing about 10:30 at night..very tiring! Good news though, is that Easter weekend means public holidays, which means double time! Yay! I worked 13 hours on Easter Sunday which means I get 26 hours pay for just one day.

We don't think we'll be here much longer though, and are trying to plan the next part of our trip at the moment before moving on. All in all, we are good, working hard and earning good money and having a few nights out with friends too, in the only night club in town and about the only place that didn't get affected by the cyclone...mainly because it is an open air bar and does not have a roof to blow away!

Oh yeah, and we have added a few pics to the cyclone blog too! xxx

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The sky is stunning at night here.
The sky is stunning at night here.
What a fantastic sunset!
What a fantastic sunset!
Me, working hard in the Bistro.
Me, working hard in the Bistro.
Me, enjoying the last of the suns…
Me, enjoying the last of the sun'…
What a beautiful night.
What a beautiful night.
Mark and Hannah.
Mark and Hannah.
Another great sunset.
Another great sunset.
With Noel, who hates having his ph…
With Noel, who hates having his p…
Us at the Pier!!
Us at the Pier!!
J and Mark...the bar men.
J and Mark...the bar men.
J and Danny.
J and Danny.
At the Pier again.
At the Pier again.
John and chef Allan.
John and chef Allan.
Us all at the Pier...not sure what…
Us all at the Pier...not sure wha…
The drive through Bottle Shop.
The drive through Bottle Shop.
Me and Danny.
Me and Danny.
Our litle friend the gecko who liv…
Our litle friend the gecko who li…
John hard at it in the Bottle Shop.
John hard at it in the Bottle Shop.
Port Hedland
photo by: lealealou