Safety in the Pilbara

Submitted: Monday, May 15, 2023 at 21:43
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Can anyone honestly tell me what the status of personal safety is.
We live in Darwin and have a lions share of bad behaviour here at present. However, Im starting to find that there is a similar types of issues that exist same in the Pilbara as Fitzroy Crossing/ Halls Creek etc etc. We know that POrt Hedland etc has issues as well.

We are swag campers, and this is obviously concerning.

Our itin was camping at 80 mile or nearby , Marble Bar, near Tom Price etc.

What are some honest thoughts regarding this.

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Reply By: Member - rocco2010 - Monday, May 15, 2023 at 22:30

Monday, May 15, 2023 at 22:30
I’d avoid staying inPort Hedland itself not because of social issues.
The caravan park in town is busy and hard to get into and at South Hedland it was pretty run down.
Only stayed at both because I’d been a bit remote and needed a shower.
It’s a pity because I find the whole iron ore export business interesting. And you might need a couple of days there if that interests you.
80 mile beach is fine (provided any cyclone repairs done)
Likewise Cape Keraudren.
Stayed at Marble Bar CP a few times. Problem there was a few caravanning nomads who got into the wine.
I’d stay at the Meentheena Retreat or bush camp at Dooleena Gorge next time.
Tom Price is a mining town so no social probs but the caravan park is usually pretty busy.
Enjoy the trip. A favourite part of WA.

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Follow Up By: John Baas - Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 00:39

Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 00:39
80 mile and Keraudren and all those coastal sites between Hedland and Broome are fine safety wise; BUT be very aware of sandfly issues... Cheers. JB.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rowdy6032 (WA) - Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 11:35

Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 11:35
If around Marble Bar the Meentheena Retreat is an excellent spot and not too far from Carawine Gorge.
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Reply By: Members - North200 - Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 08:13

Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 08:13
Marble Bar can have big problems at times, we had to evacuate town when they had a funeral.
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Reply By: Member - nickb aka"boab" - Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 08:17

Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 08:17
Unfortunately this seems to be an ever-increasing problem .
I have always worked on the theory when camping out to be out of sight or be with a large group of like-minded campers but all this is no guarantee of keeping out trouble
We were up around Halls Creek area when a group of undesirables bashed & stole a car off tourists in the caravan park where you would expect to be perfectly safe but this of course can happen anywhere. I personally wouldn't work on a theory of someone said it was perfectly safe .. I would be using my own gut feeling & common sense . Good luck safe travels
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Follow Up By: Aussie1 - Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 18:27

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 18:27
Common occurrence at Halls Creek and many other northern Australian towns. Get used to it Cobbers, coz it ain't going to change. Even if the referendum gets the big tick.
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Reply By: Member - shane r1 - Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 11:55

Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 11:55
Hard thing to answer, because there’s a lot of different opinions out there. I try not to be to paranoid .
I motorcycle travel a lot and haven’t had any issues , camping or otherwise. I leave my bike in the street to go into shops/eateries, i leave my jacket covering my helmet and tank bag , so definitely not secure. I use a bit of gut feeling, check what the area looks like and rarely worry.
Touch wood no problem so far.
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Reply By: 4ofus - Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 21:58

Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 21:58
Thanks all.
I guess its hard not to be paranoid when we have been hearing and seeing how places in the KImberley have deteroiated, and now Darwin , Katherine etc. We have have several scary incidents at some campsites in the Territory, so just trying to uderstand the places where this is less likely to happen.

What a huge pity though that we now have to think like this.
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Follow Up By: Member - Outback Gazz - Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 07:51

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 07:51
I'm sure the voice to parliament will have the issue sorted Australia wide within weeks when it's introduced !
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 11:42

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 11:42
Yair, right.
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Follow Up By: Member - Outback Gazz - Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 16:17

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 16:17
" I'm sure the voice to parliament will have the issue sorted Australia wide within weeks when it's introduced ! "

" Yair, right. "

Ok - maybe I was a bit optimistic, let's give it a couple months then :)
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Reply By: Rod N - Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 11:25

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 11:25
It is all over Australia. The News reports are full of it. Rockhampton, Qld has had vigilante group meetings, Mckay, Qld has a poster advising of a curfew for youths. A stolen car killed 3 women in Maryborough, Qld. Even sleepy Toowoomba has crime problems. So it appears you should stay away from Qld as well as NT and WA.
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Follow Up By: Genny - Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 17:54

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 17:54
Don't believe the media. They dramatise everything.Rockhampton had a protest.
All the BLM rot, the Greenie blockades, are far more disruptive to Joe Citizen than a hundred or so ordinary people standing around on a footpath.
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Reply By: ExplorOz - David & Michelle - Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at 11:14

Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at 11:14
The towns are where the potential for problems lie, due to vicinity to bottle shops, families, and authorities where the conflicts arise but as soon as you get out onto the remote bush camps in your 4WD all that is far behind you. It’s always been this way but the media just focus on the town problems.
First hand - we live and travel in WA and last winter spent 2 months in the Pilbara. Loved it.
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Follow Up By: 4ofus - Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at 13:14

Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at 13:14
Hi- thanks!

Im trying not to overthink as we have so much bad crap happening here.
Broome was mildly concerning as our hotel didnt have secure parking. We decided to stay in town for some camping respite.

We are struggling to find somewhere after leaving Broome and getting to Dales at Karinjini.Pardoo Station is a no go for this season. Cape Keraluen or 80 mile beach seemed to be the only options.

We have two nights to fill.
Some of the free camps before Marble didn’t look overley intersting, and prob didnt want to travel as far as Carrawine aGorge.

Any suggestions appreciated:)
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