We decided to leave Myrtle at Karijini NP and drive into the mining town Tom Price for the night. Tom Price is the highest town in WA at 747 mtrs above sea level. It was initially developed as a mining town and to live there you had to work for the mine. Today anyone can live there but I don't know why you would if you didn't work in the mining industry. Rio Tinto basically runs the town with it's mining of Iron Ore. We have found that WA is quite expensive and Tom Price didn't disappoint. The motel we stayed was very basic, with a tiny room, the curtain half hanging of the track and the view out the window was boards where it had been boarded up. We didn't have much choice so here we stayed, but get this it cost us $244.00 for the night. Back in Melbourne you wouldn't pay any more than $100 for a room like this. But we will put that one down to experience. We decided to do a mine tour and it was one of the most interesting things I have done so far. The open cut mine was immense and the huge trucks that transported the Iron Ore out of the hole were huge. There tyres alone would have been three times my height. The Ore is then transported to Karratha by trains some being 300 carriages long, loaded onto ships destined for China.
|BIG Truck !!|
|A tiny portion of the open cut mine|
It was nice to get back to Myrtle for a quite nights sleep in a comfy bed.