Turtles for lunch

Port Hedland Travel Blog

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Road train racing by on the road to Port Headland

I drive back towards the coast along the lonely central roads. There are not a lot of traffic in this part of Oz - the cities are very few and extremely far between. But along the road are a surprising high number of the giant Australian roadtrains. Before my first trip to Oz I thought the US was the home of the big trucks. But I soon came to realize it’s not - the real home of big trucks is Australia - especially the northern outback.

The trucks are of different sort - like the usual truck towing three hangers along behind it to the truck with a new house. After a few hours of driving along the road I get closer to the big city of the area. Port Headland - the place really hasn’t a lot going for it - but it is a major port and by far the biggest city for a thousand miles in any direction.

Road train racing by on the road to Port Headland
The port has grown up serving the ships transporting the iron ore from the central part of WA to the user in China and other places around the world.

We go down to the water to have lunch. Down at the water is a small park the usual cockatoos are flying around the area but I head down for the coastline. It is high tide so there is plenty of water in the bay area. Apparently there is a huge difference between high and low tide in this area so if you come at a different time of the day there will not be any water anywhere close to the shore. There are supposed to be turtles in the water - but at first I can’t see any. Then suddenly one appears - it is just breaking the surface putting the head above water to catch a breath of fresh air - and then it is gone again. After a little while a new turtle comes up and catch a breath and disappears. This turtle is a little more cooperative than the first one - so I actually manage to get a picture of this one. With the picture in the back I leave the shore.

bernard69 says:
congrats on your entry's tittle:)
Posted on: Dec 08, 2010
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The lonely road - once again
The lonely road - once again
Outback Australia
Outback Australia
House going by
House going by
The coast at Port Headland at high…
The coast at Port Headland at hig…
The coast at Port Headland at high…
The coast at Port Headland at hig…
The coast at Port Headland at high…
The coast at Port Headland at hig…
The coast at Port Headland at high…
The coast at Port Headland at hig…
Turtle
Turtle
Turtle
Turtle
Birds again
Birds again
Port Hedland
photo by: lealealou