I have just booked a break driving from Broome, Port Headland and down the coast to Perth in the month Of January 2019. Planning on spending a full day and 2 nights around Port Headland therefore interested in some better locations to sample trains in the area.
Once complete at Port headland heading to Tom Price for a night.
January can be very hot and sometimes stormy, even to cyclones. But basically hot, Don't go anywhere without a hat and have water with you in the car.
Starting with BHP, there is a lookout on the NW Coastal Highway bridge at Redbank, with parking on the East side of the road south of the bridge. It is a good shot at almost any time of loaded trains approaching, but you have to go to the side with the light, East in the morning West in the afternoon.
Good shots of the locomotive service area can usually be got by walking to the top of the ridge between the main road and the track maybe two kilometres closer to town from the bridge.
The Great Northern Highway bridge at Boodarie gives a good view of trains going to and from Finucane Island, and the Boodarie locomotive service area and ore car workshops. You might have to park on the verge there. Nobody has complained when I've done so, but keep clear of the road trains.
Good shots can be taken on the road to Finucane Island of BHP trains, and driving around to the beach a=on the north side of the island can provide views of trains in the process of unloading, best when the locomotives first appear.
At the point where Fortescue Metals conveyers cross the Finucane Island Road, good shots can be taken looking across the BHP tracks to FMG tracks, particularly of a train entering No 1 Dumper. Nos 2and 3 dumpers are partly hidden by the No 1 tracks. With luck you can get FMG and BHP trains together at Boodarie (but not all the time).
The BHP road is sealed out as far as the new Ore Car Shops and good shots of loaded trains can be got at various points along the road. Trains often wait around Bing siding and beyond before moving to a dumper. Trains are sometimes split at Bing. Empty trains sometimes wait for a clear track near the ore car workshops.
FMG trains can be seen in the distance from the GN highway bridge at Boodarie. There is a lookout where the GN Highway crosses the FMG line further West. I find that better shots are got in the morning fom the road embankment on the East side of the bridge. You can park on the old road just north of the bridge embankment. Don't park om the highway. There are many heavy mining road trains passing all day. These can nearly blow you over as they pass even a couple of metres away from the road. Good shots can be got from the bridge approaches of loaded FMG trains arriving and empty trains departing.
Further West again is the Roy Hill Level crossing. There are good shots of arriving trains, the light inst great for departing trains.
You can drive in on a public road just west of the line and in the afternoon can get reasonable shots of locomotives in the yard (with a telephoto lens). Just south of the yard, reasonable shots of departing trains can be obtained in the afternoon.
If the weather is dry, you could consider driving across to the BHP line (or the Roy Hil or FMG lines) when driving south to Tom Price.
I have no experience of Tom Price. I rode trains to there several times but never left the rail yard.