Chasing The Sunset

Trip Start Sep 08, 2011
Trip End Jan 08, 2012

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Beaches of Broome
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Friday, November 4, 2011

Given the nature of the backpackers, it's been really easy to meet people here and yesterday someone offered to take me into town to get a bit of shopping and he then proceeded to show me around Broome (by car).

Broome is a coastal resort with a population of about 13,000 (Terrassa Football Club has a capacity of 11,500!!!) and it’s full of hotels, holiday apartments, hostels and the llike, although it is the low season at the moment. What is not immediately obvious, as you enter the town centre, is that there’s a rather large police station (far bigger than the town needs, I would say) on the edge of the town, as well as a minimum security prison right next to it, which I suppose accounts for the size of the cop shop.

The more observant amongst you will have noticed that I’m staying at a hostel called Beaches of Broome, which means that there is more than the one beach. Cable Beach is where I’m staying, but there is also another one called Town Beach (obviously a lot of thought went into that name). Town Beach is impressive and it has the added advantage that you can drive onto it. You can drive right up to the sea if you wish, the sand is that compact.

Once again the beach has the whitest sand, but unlike Cable Beach, it has mangroves (trees in the sea – but are uncovered at low tide), where my 'guide’, Brendan loves to hunt crabs. (*everybody loves hunting and fishing here – it’s their national pastime*) The problem with the mangroves, however, is that crocs can sometimes hide there, lying in wait for prey. I don’t think I’ll go crab-hunting with him, then.

I also got a quick visit to Gauntheaume Point, where there is a lighthouse that is supposed to be a tourist attraction. It was more than a little disappointing; the best thing about it was that an osprey had nested at the top and the air was filled with the screeching of its hungry chicks. The surrounding cliff area was kind of interesting but not enough to justify my intended trip. I was told that I should visit it and I had planned to go, but there’s only one bus that goes there in the day, which is at 7:00am and that’s your lot – you have to walk back; 7km... in the heat. Are they mad???

Later in the day, I chilled by the pool and then went in search of the sunset. This time it was spectacular. There was a moment when it looked like it would disappear behind a cloud, yet again (although this time with an interesting pattern against the tip of the cloud), but then suddenly, it became apparent that the cloud didn’t reach as far as the horizon because the sun started to appear beneath the cloud. A bright red ball sinking into the sea. Awesome!

Now there is only one thing for me left to do here and my trip will be complete. There is a camel train that goes along the beach at sunset (no, I have no intention of riding a camel here!), which is an iconic picture of Cable Beach that I would like to capture (the photo not the camel). This means that I have to go back to the beach again. Oh, how will I cope?
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Joe on

Ha! It was only yesterday that my FC December students were telling me about your pet-hate words in compositions. Amongst the 'good', the 'bad' and the ugly 'nice' was 'awesome'!
I'll have to get them reading your blog... practice what you preach!
Great pics, by the way!

georgegoode on

I know, Joe. But I got sucked in as 'awesome' is about used as every second word by the Aussies. I've now started saying, 'buddy/brother' as well as 'mate', cause it's what they do here, now a typical opening sentence from me is, 'How's it going, buddy?' Don't worry, I'm sure you'll put me straight when I get back.

Joe on

Fair dinkum, mate!
Going native, aren't ya?

Dory on

G´day buddy!
Ripper photos mate

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