Broome WA

Trip Start Apr 05, 2011
Trip End Nov 15, 2012

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Monday, September 5, 2011

So here we were finally walking along Cable Beach. Over the years we have heard and read so much about it and finally we were standing there digging our toes into the sand.  Stretching around 22kms along the coast, the white sand and azure water make for an impressive sight, never more so than when the tide is out and beach expands its girth.

We spent 7 nights in Broome and then drove up to Cape Leveque, spending 5 nights camping before returning for a further 3 nights in Broome.  Cape Leveque was so spectacular that we will do a separate blog for that and concentrate on our time in Broome for this edition.

Broome is rather spread out with new housing estates being established all over the place.  There is really only one resort near Cable Beach and our caravan park was behind it.  We were glad we could walk to the beach, however disappointed that there was nothing closer or with views of this amazing beach. The main body of the town is centered around the other side of the peninsula on Roebuck Bay.

One of our favourite attractions in Broome was the open air picture theatre; Sun Pictures.  Steeped in history, this little gem is brilliant.  With the balmy Broome climate it is the perfect place to sit outside and relax watching a movie.  We went twice, the first time to see the movie 'Red Dog’.  It was a classic venue to see this movie being that Red Dog had traveled extensively throughout the area and for us having just come from Dampier and having seen the Red Dog statue/memorial.

Our second movie was on the first night of the Broome film festival.  The movie 'Oranges and Sunshine’ was their opening flick and one of the stars; David Wenham just happened to be opening the festival.  So here we were able to rub shoulders with one of Australia’s most talented actors, enjoying complimentary drinks, nibbles and a good movie.  What a thrill it was to meet David!

The funniest thing happens at the Sun Picture Theatre… here you are seated under the stars intently watching the movie and all of a sudden a plane swoops closely overhead, for the picture theatre is under the flight path and with the airport in the centre of town they are really rather low as they come across the audience!

We couldn’t have come to Broome without doing a camel ride along Cable Beach… and so we indulged.  It was more enjoyable than we had envisioned and well worth it.  Again a funny thing happens though… the north end of Cable Beach is a nudist beach and that is where the camel ride goes, makes for some unexpected scenery!

We enjoyed long walks along the beach and a couple of nights we drove down onto the beach and enjoyed dinner with the famous Broome sunset as our back drop.  It was just magic.  We must add though on the second occasion we were joined by friends and we were so busy chatting we didn’t notice the tide rapidly coming back in until it was almost lapping at our feet!  We hastily moved the cars further up the beach and continued!

The sunset was also fabulous from Gantheaume Point at the southern end of Cable Beach, here there were stunning rock formations which came to life as the late afternoon sun bounced off them. We discovered this gem on our last night and raced from there to the other side of the peninsula to Roebuck Bay to witness the Stairway to the Moon and enjoy the night markets.

We took a drive a short way up the Dampier Peninsula to James Price Point.  Whilst the drive along the gravel corrugated road was rough, it was well worth it to enjoy the natural beauty.  This pristine, visually splendid part of the coast could soon be destroyed if the gas precinct goes ahead at James Price Point.  Having been there now and seen the location, we just have to agree with the protestors… NO GAS!!!

We could not travel this far and not visit one of the prime Kimberley attractions The Horizontal Falls; so we boarded a seaplane, Rod as co-pilot and took off following the stunning coast north.  Along Cable Beach, the Willie Pearl Farm (which is situated on a stunning tidal river), over Beagle Bay and Cape Leveque before turning right and heading across the King Sound to Talbot Bay.

The coast was simply stunning from the air and added a new dimension to what we had already seen.  When we spotted some whales frolicking off Cape Leveque our pilot, Ben, circled over them and we got a new perspective of their tail slapping.  Unfortunately it had been a little bumpy on the flight up and the lady beside me had used her bag which of course meant I was close to using mine… it was only a small plane!

We flew over the Horizontal Falls a few times before making a stunning landing through a canyon onto Talbot Bay.  Here we stepped onto a miriade of structures, a pontoon with a shark cage, a houseboat and riverboat all secured together.  There were sharks circling the pontoon which we could clearly see and with no railings of any sort it made us extra careful not to fall in!

With the tides at their best we boarded a fast boat and were taken over to the Horizontal Falls.  It was high tide and the water was gushing through at a keen rate of knots.  The surrounding scenery was spectacular with large rock faces dropping dramatically into the bay.  We went through both falls several times enjoying the thrill of the speed along with the wonder of nature and the majestic experiences she creates. Although they are called waterfalls, this natural phenomenon actually consists of intense tidal currents hurtling through two narrow coastal gorges. Massive tidal movements create a waterfall effect as water banks up against one side of the narrow cliff passage, to be repeated again on the turning tide.

Back at the pontoon we donned snorkels and jumped into the shark cage… yes even me!  Whilst visibility was not great we could clearly see numerous Tawny Grey Nurse sharks up close and personal.  Some fish was brought out and placed in a tray on the edge of the cage which of course encouraged even more to come closer.  They had their snouts out of the water and we could see their white beady eyes, their broad mouths and teeth…

One of the staff caught one of the sharks by the tail and held it up for us to pat.  Both Rod and I did so, the opportunity being too good to miss, then in a split second a shark had bitten the handlers hand and damaged four fingers!  The blood was streaming into the water, naturally we left the water pretty quickly!  As luck would have it a nurse was on our tour and was able to render assistance patching his hand until he could get to a hospital.

We enjoyed lunch before having another boat ride around into Cyclone Creek and seeing some of the most amazing rock formations.  With two plates pushing against each other the massive rock faces have bowed and buckled making for spectacular textures and ribbons of colours.

Reluctantly we boarded our seaplane, sorry to be leaving such a unique paradise and enjoyed the flight back to Broome thrilled with the day we had enjoyed and so glad that we had taken the opportunity.

Overall we enjoyed our time in Broome, along with the above it was all the little nooks and crannies we found as we explored the coast that made our time so enjoyable.  We even managed to have a swim or two.

Highlights of Broome:

-          Horizontal Falls

-          Open air picture theatre and meeting David Wenham

-          Cable Beach

o   Long walks

o   Camel ride

o   Dining on the beach as we watched the sunset

-          Picturesque James Price Point

-          Sunset at Gantheaume Point followed by stairway to the moon
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Dave and Merle on

Never seen Lyndal with that expresiion on her face when she's with you, Rod. Best watch out for these artistic types.

Kaz on

Brown by name and now Brown by nature! You look like Queenslanders! K

Gayle & Mal on

Wow is all I can say! The sand looks so white and beautiful. I just hope looking like a Queenslander does not mean speaking like a Queenslander!!!

Louise on

And even Lyndal has a tan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Donna on

Ever so jelous!! Brown by name and nature.....lucky bastards xxooxx

Lowes on

Who would of thought 2 natural camel jockey's, looks fantastic

Val S. on

So envious.... it all looks so awsome!!! Keep posting and sharing it with us.

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