Five Days In Broome

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

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Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Sunday, November 6, 2011

Broome. I love Broome. It's hot but not humid (at least not too humid), insects are few and far between (except between 3pm and 5pm when the flies suddenly appear on mass); the birds are cool (feathered variety); the beach is top notch; the hostel is excellent – life is just great!

Every part of Australia has been fab in its own way and what has been different about Broome is that it has marked a parenthesis in my travels. This is the first time, when I haven’t felt guilty about doing nothing – after all that’s what you’re supposed to do in Broome: nothing. There isn’t much to see here and if you’ve got a mind to, you can see everything in one day (as an Aussie woman I met yesterday had – I felt exhausted just listening to her). However, to my mind Broome is a resort and its to be enjoyed as such. While in Darwin I spent lazy days by the pool, that’s what they were: lazy days. At the end of the day, other guests would come back and regale us with tales of what they’d done that day (fishing, Litchfield Park, Kakadu etc), but we did very little there (I blame Helen! J)

So, in five days in Broome what have I done? *if you’re the envious type and are working hard at the moment stop reading now.* Well, my days have consisted of spending the day by the pool and, when the day cools down, going to the beach for the sunset. At the beach I did manage to catch the iconic camel train; I had to walk an extra 500 metres (oh, the pain!) to go to a different part of the beach, but what was surprising on the way was that I saw a wedding on the beach. It was clearly meant to be romantic – to be married at sunset on Cable Beach – and it was a little strange to see everyone in their suits and dresses but with no shoes on, but it turned out to be very windy and it must have been an absolute nightmare to cater as things were flying everywhere! Further along the beach, I came to a part where cars could drive and it was also odd to see that people had driven out, parked their cars by the water and whipped out chairs to enjoy the sunset.

It’s been a difficult five days, but someone’s got to do it. The only time I actually left Cable Beach was to go to a street market in town. I was told that the market was very good and after my experience at Mindil Beach Market in Darwin, I was quite keen to go. However, the market turned out to be a little disappointing as it’s now the low season, so there weren’t many stalls or people there. In 10 minutes I’d walked around it twice and bought and eaten a giant chocolate ice cream.

But as I’ve mentioned elsewhere, all things, both good and bad, come to an end and my time in Broome is pretty much up. Tomorrow I fly to Perth (The bus takes 38 hours! I thought, "I’m flying, I don’t care what it costs!"), meet up with Helen, Paul and Lily (the last two I’m particularly looking forward to meeting) and it’s back to sightseeing and visiting all the great things this country has to offer.
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