"Sweeping up...!"

Trip Start Oct 04, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Finally, after 10 days, and over 4000 kms sitting on cramp buses later, we arrived in the tropical paradise of Broome! To say we were relieved to be off the bus was an understatement. Although we loved the fact it was an easy way to make friends, (we actually met nice Germans!) we didn't like the fact we had to wake up before 6am everyday to cover the long distances. Both drivers were legends, but if we did it again, I think we would prefer to drive ourselves and take our time a little more up the coast.

Being a 'Tropical Paradise' the hostels were a little nicer than you would usually expect from backpackers. We stayed at the Kimberly Klub, although more expensive, it sounded a bit better than the aptly named hostel 'The Last Resort'! Kimberly Klub was very nice though and it was here I met the lovely Bree. One of the managers there, we hit it off straight away, it was just a shame we were only in Broome for 2 weeks, another 'holiday' romance to add to the books!

Apparently you can't come all the way up to Broome and not ride the camels along Cable beach at sunset. Personally I didn't see the appeal of getting a sore arse riding smelly camels, but as they say "when in Rome..."

Dan managed to get 10 of our group interested so booked us on for the next day, the 16th. What we didn't expect to go wrong was the weather. The whole idea of the ride is that you experience the amazing sunset whilst you're sat on the camels' seat. When you're faced with a day so cloudy you can't see the sky, you can imagine the ride isn't as appealing!

Although we tried to cancel, the camel owners were very adamant that we wouldn't get a refund if we did, so, reluctantly, we all made our way to cable beach. To rub salt into our wounds, as soon as we started walking it started to rain. RAIN it never rains up here!

So, as you can imagine the camel ride wasn't really up there in my top 10 things I've done on the West coast! The annoying thing was it didn't stop raining for the next 3 DAYS! When I say rain I mean 'tropical' downpour! The West coast of Australia really hasn't been nice to us!

Observant readers of this will realise that this meant it pissed down on my birthday, the 18th! I had traveled nearly 10,000kms from Melbourne just to spend my birthday looking at the rain! To say I was depressed was an understatement! It didn't help when the receptionist told me that it was the first time in 12 years it had rained in June!

Luckily Dan saved me from cutting my wrists by organising a good night out with all of our mates from the bus. The original plan was to go to a cool outdoors bar, but as you can imagine, that idea was scrapped! So, after a change of plan we headed to another local pub. Resembling some one on a stag night I was dressed in rain poncho (irony) and paraded around the pub. On the back of the poncho Dan had written 15 drinks, which by the end of the night had all been bought for me and crossed off! They were:

White wine
Red wine
Girly drink

As you can imagine by the end of the night I was a little worse for wear and had to be carried home by Bree! But before that I had managed to sing a brilliant rendition of Bryan Adams 'Summer of 69' and nearly got beaten up for cheering to loud when Bangladesh beat Australia at the one day cricket - watching the arrogant Aussies lose at any sport is brilliant over here because they all start sulking! Although the day started badly, the night made up for it, a birthday I won't forget for a long time!

Other things we got up to in Broome... when it hadfinally stopped raining

Pretended to be Steve Irwin - the Crocodile Hunter, when we visited a crocodile park. Felt like a big man volunteering to be the first to hold a croc, only to be out done by a 3 year old later (see photo's).

Took a trip on an old pearling tall ship for a sunshine cruise. Relaxed in a hammock whilst the sun set, eating the food the crew made on the Barbie. I politely refused the offer of bbq calamari though, deciding I didn't want another trip to the hospital! What made the day even better was they forgot to charge us, so the trip was completely free bar the few beers we bought, it made the fact I had lost my sunglasses overboard a little bit more bearable!

I actually got a voicemail message a couple of days later from the owner demanding the money - but we were long gone by then - 1000kms away, if he wanted it, he would just have to come and get it!
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