Most of it rolling hills covered in green spinifex, some escarpments & a small wetland near the homestead.
The Chichester Ranges pass through this area. The area supported sheep grazing until it became a National Pk. The large Fortescue River passes through the western side from the Hamersley Range towards the Chichester escarpment. The Chichester Range area lacks trees as apposed to lots of paperbarks & the endemic Listonia Alfredii palm around the Fortescue River & Millstream.
The water that feeds the Millstream oasis springs from an aquifer, or the natural underground reserve contained in the porous dolomite rock. The aquifer is fed by the Fortescue River catchment.
Driving the next part of the dirt road was mostly flat until near the northern part where the Chichester Range passes through.
We also came across this around Point Samson, Roebourne, Karratha & Dampier on the coast.
We went for a 4.5km walk to McKenzie Springs that's supposed to be 1 hr return. More like 2 hrs return! There were little trees along the rocky hills camel trail. It used to be a camel trail.
Driving north out of the national park showed more of the same landscape - few trees, but green spinifex clumps every where. There were also some wildflowers, but not as many as seen in Karijini.
Back on the coast we stayed at a natural campground between Roebourne & Karratha. The camp spots were pic your own & a very cheap $7 / night. Only downside was it was windy. The views were pretty good once again.
The small township of Roebourne was established around 1866. There are 8 historic buildings in town including the old goal. The goal housed some dreadful criminals. There were 5 hangings between 1893 & 1900, 3 of them on the same day for murdering the local doctor.
The town of Cossack was established in 1872. It was the 1st port in the North West of WA, playing host to thousands of people seeking their fortunes in gold mining. It also became home to the early pearling industry of the late 1800's until the pearls were fished out. Cossack became a ghost town once deeper waters were required for the much larger ships that came to port. Cossack municipality was dissolved in 1910. The town was abandoned by 1950. Many building were restored to their original condition & only a caretaker couple live in the town.
Dampier is a small town, growing. Most mining industry live in Karratha, but some live & work in pretty Dampier. Dampier has 4 major industries along the coast line. Salt shipping port, iron ore shipping port, Ammonia production, & Gas production from the North West Shelf 125kms away, 133mtrs deep in the Indian Ocean.
Karratha is the major town servicing the area. It is 27 kms inland from the coast & is growing very fast..........
so much so that a huge estate has recently been established with the average house price being around $700,000 for a 3 bedroom 1 bathroom house to near & over $1 million for 4 bedroom & 2 bathrooms.
To rent a house of same as above examples is $1500 for the 3/1 house & $2350 for 4/2 house - that's per week folks..................................
I'm glad I don't have to live & work around this area. Even if it's a gorgeous area.
I guess you have to be part of the 4 big industries to afford to live here.