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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

2008/9 Trips to Python Pool Western Australia

Here's a little ride we used to quite often while we were living at point A near Karratha WA on the map. This would also make a good side trip for anyone doing the around Australia thing. Pictures are taken from some of  the trips we did to write this up.

Point A is a truck stop where I lived for two years while working for their other garage in the town centre of Karratha. The things we do for free accommodation etc.

The route is here

Points A to E is the first 90km sealed section of the 400km road to Tom Price. Point E to F is a dirt road leading to sealed section through the Millstream Chichester National Park. Point I is a camping ground inside the park. That's as far as I've gone with the bike but the road does continue on back up north to the main national 1 hwy. The last 40kms sealed section is full of high speed turns and one 3rd gear hill if you want to maintain the 110km/h limit.

A couple of maps showing the points where the pictures were taken.


We took advantage at point B on the map and had a rest stop and took pictures of a south bound train stopped in a siding waiting for a loaded north bound iron ore train. This line runs from Dampier to Tom Price.

At point C we get held up for an empty triple header on another line that crosses the road just before the road crosses a river. This line is from Cape Lambert To Panawonica and crosses the previously mention line above a few kms south of here.

The ford crossing for the road with Heather looking at a loaded north bound train which was taken a little while later.

Next stop is point D where the Tom Price line crosses a river

Taken from underneath the bridge looking at the bike.

The sealed stuff ends at point E and about 1km later a left turn takes you along a dirt road to the sealed road inside the national park.

We stopped at point G and did the 300 metre walk to the top of the hill.

Heather waiting at the tree in the centre of the above picture for me to catch up.

A couple of shots looking in a northwesterly direction from top of the hill we walked up

The bike in the car park

Can't forget a picture of Sturt's desert pea which is fairly well wide spread in at least most dry areas of the country

Heather at Python Pool (turn off at point H) feeding the fishes. We all ways had a picnic lunch here. There's water here all year around and people do swim here as well.

A section of the cliff face on the other side of the pool.
And the tourist info plaque though I never saw any of the plant mentioned

And of course me on the bike taken at the start of the sealed stuff on the way back home (back then anyway) Note the end 110km/h sign for the dirt road.