Onslow is a coastal town 1,386 kilometres (861 miles) north of Perth. It has a population of around 573 people. It was founded in 1883 as a port at the mouth of the Ashburton River for exporting wool from the sheep stations of the Pilbara hinterland. Although a large jetty was built at the original site of Onslow, repeated damage whenever a cyclone hit or the Ashburton River flooded led government officials in Perth to establish a new town well away from the river after another cyclone in January 1925. During World War II, Onslow was the most southerly town in Australia bombed by the Japanese.
|Old Onslow Police Station|
|Old Onslow Goal - There was no way I was going in there - not ghosts SNAKES!|
Onslow is another area in Northern Australia where there are a lot of termite mounds.
|There sure must be a lot of termites in northern Australia!!|
Onslow is also another location that has a huge Salt Industry. I find the salt mining process very intriguing. From what I have read Onslow Salt is owned by a Japanese company Mitsui group. Mitsui's salt farms produce some of the highest quality solar marine salt (sea salt) in the world. Their fields are also ideally located to export bulk shipments to Asian markets.
|One of the many Salt Pans.... become|
|Then when a ship arrives the salt is transported along a conveyor belt,|
along this jetty and loaded onto the ship.
Why is the water so brown you ask?
Not really sure but I was told that it is from the sea bed being dug up for the gas pipeline.