Heading up Mount Bruce
Karijini National Park Travel Blog› entry 16 of 25 › view all entries
Just outside Karijini National Park is the second highest mountain in WA. And it’s a sunny day so there are no excuses not to go up to the top of it. The mountain is quite a bit higher than the landscape surrounding it so there are great views out over the landscape from the trail up there. Opposite the mountains is a huge mining area.
The area is all part of the Hammersly Range which is the place on the globe with the highest iron content in the rock. In the USA they mine iron from area where the iron content in the rock is as low as 30 percent. Here in Western Australia you only use the parts of the rock which has an iron content of 75+ percent. If there is less than 75 percent in the rock it is simply considered waste and is dumped in the giant holes created by the mining of the mountain.
The machines used for the mining are not big they are extremely huge. The trucks they use to transport the ore is about the same size as an average family house. Walking up the mountain you repeatedly see these huge trucks and the long long long train taking the ore to the coast. The trains can be more than a mile long with hundreds of individual cars. Fortunately I have never been stopped by a train crossing which allegedly should take ½ and hour before you can finally drive past the train tracks again.
I finally get to the top and take in the views of the surrounding park and the mine. After a quick lunch it is time to head back down the mountain to go back to the national park itself and go and explore one more of the gorges.