Not too far off the beaten track…
Mention the Pilbara region of Western Australia and the image that’s likely to spring to mind is that of one big mining pit. And yes, there is absolutely no doubt that up this way you’re going to encounter a mine vehicle or three and plenty of reflective clothing.
Then of course there are the national parks, like Millstream and Karijini, which unquestionably have some spectacular locations on offer, but usually with spectacular crowds to match. However, if you are willing to venture not too far off the beaten track there is some less well known but equally gorgeous scenery and camping to be had in the Pilbara.
We, we being three generations consisting of Grandma and Granddad in their Hilux and soft-floor camper and Mum, Dad and two kids in our Landcruiser and AOR ‘Oddy’ hard-floor camper, were set up on the banks of the De Grey River, waiting for the water level to drop. Even with a bitumen based crossing the recent rainfall meant that the depth and rate of flow was more than we’d been prepared to risk with the campers in tow.
It had taken a few days, but finally it had dropped enough for the majority to be in agreement that it was worth a go. Mum drew the short straw and got to wade across first with camera in hand to record the crossing and fortunately was the only one to get wet as we safely made it across and were back on our way.