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Have you ever been to Port Hedland and beyond or as far as Kununurra?

Why did you go, and what did you think of this vast region?

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I used to have a wholesaling business and did the selling for the company.
In this capacity I traveled up north as far as Darwin, stopping at the larger towns in Western Australia.

In those days, there were few women in the mining towns, and I was pleasantly surprised at the number of "wolf whistles" I kept receiving in Port Hedland.

I suddenly realised that it didnt matter if I had 2 heads, I was a female in a dominant male territory, and that deflated my ego!

I got to know these towns over the years, however only once saw anything much outside of the town when Ansett had a 4 day strike and I was stuck in Broome.

The towns were all fairly primitive at the time, and I would love to one day, go back and see the gorges, rivers and other interesting places instead of just the towns.
by Finy
I love the outback, and the far north of Western Australia has always intrigued me. When my daughter was younger our family did a few trips up north during the school holidays. On those trips we travelled up the Great Northern Highway, through old mining towns like Cue and Meekatharra, to the Karajini National Park. We visited some magical places such as a canyon full of beautiful Indigenous Australian rock carvings, climbed through gorges and swam under waterfalls.

On another trip we travelled for six weeks, north from Perth as far as Fitzroy Crossing. We were planning to travel all the way up to Darwin, but didn't get that far as we didn't want to rush...and there was so much to see. We camped in Broome for about three weeks in the middle of winter...it was so warm we could swim in the ocean every day.

It's truly magical up there and I'd recommend a trip to anyone. Although it's much more developed now than it would have been twenty or even ten years ago, it's still relatively uncommercialised, compared to many places in Australia. In many ways, the Kimberley and Pilbara regions are some of Australia's last frontiers.
Nope! The further I have gone is Dongarra. Not sure if that counts as North! LOL
I went up North, but I never went as far as Port Hedland.
Over the years I've noticed that many people born in Western Australia haven't explored much, if any, of their vast and spectacular state, whereas travellers from overseas venture far and wide. Why is that?

The drive north from Perth to Broome is beautiful. Just before the turn off to Broome there's a rather spooky stretch of road that passes through Roebuck Plains. If you can time your journey, driving through this area as the sun is setting is quite incredible - there's something very humbling about the stark severity of the Australian outback.

Once past Broome there are islands off the coast that can be rented by groups or families - this is a truly amazing experience. Watching the lights of Onslow twinkling along the Onslow shore from your own private island is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Go forth, and explore!
I agree, Slang -only thing is the distances are so vast with nothing in between -you would have to like driving!
by Finy
I really enjoy the nothingness. You can drive for hours and only see road trains. I also love the smell of the scrub near the coast up north, it makes you feel like you're REALLY on holiday and that you're miles from anywhere.
by slang
For a nature lover, particularly of birds, there is never a sense of "nothingness" anywhere I travel. In my recent visit to the south-west. I counted 110 different bird species in the month of April.
by grann
Yes, as far as Cape Leveque. The coastline is amazing, and the colours of the inland simply breathtaking. Forget Broome except for the Bird Observatory. It is over-hyped and has a seamy side which needs to be addressed with better social services.
I don't even know where Cape Leveque is? Trouble is they are all so far away from each other.
by Finy
Geography, somewhat?
by donjo
No, I never have traveled North, only south. Thank you for all the great comments. It really makes me want to go!
Spent 7 days going through the Pilbara, on an organised tour. Fabulous, especially Karajini NP.

Spent 3 nights at El Questro Homestead, outside Kununurra. What an Experience!

Have been, on another Tour from Alice Springs to Cairns, stopping overnight in Broome, Derby, Kununurra, & passing through Fitzroy Crossing, Hall's Creek, Windjana Gorge.

Have flown over Bungle-Bungle Ranges, & Argyle Diamond Mine.

All fantastic holidays'!
Worked in Pt Hedland, sleepy slow port city.Gerts quite warm in the summer and cyclones can be nasty.
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