Last night we all went on an Eco cruise in Weipa. We left from Evans Landing and cruised around the waterways for a couple of hours, being supplied with history and information from a very informative guide. A nice way to spend a few hours and watch the sunset, drinking beer and champagne!
This morning George and I headed off on a tour of the town and one of the Rio Tinto mine sites up here. Excellent tour and highly recommended by anyone heading up this way. It was run by the caravan park we are staying in and we toured the whole town (which to be honest, isn't that big!), but we saw all the important buildings in town, the newly purpose built cyclone centre, the house of the Rio Tinto CEO, the school, hospital, vet (which is only open every second week - if we lived here with my accident prone dog, he'd afford to be able to open full time!!).
Then we headed out onto the Andoom mine site which mines for bauxite. Learned a lot on this tour and was great to be out on the mine amongst all the huge machinery watching it all happen around us. This site is huge and they have only started mining a small portion of it so far.
After a quick trip down to Woolworths to grab some things (namely, chicken twisties and soda water, of which they had neither!) we grabbed some lunch, some bread, a case of XXXX Gold and headed back to camp.
This arvo we took a drive out to the lake and surrounds and searched for crocodiles (no luck) and Stewy decided to follow us down a track to the beach and got bogged in the sand in the hire car.
Out came the snatch strap, hooked up to the rear of his hilux and pulled him out ....... Only Stewy could require 2 vehicle recoveries in 2 seperate vehicles in a matter of days!!!