Broome: A welcome luxury break.

Trip Start Dec 29, 2010
Trip End Dec 05, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Saturday, May 28, 2011

Goodbye camper van, hello luxury. Cable Beach Club largely lived up to its luxury hotel billing with a superb family suite, nice grounds, if a little cramped, awesome sunset bar and restaurant and receiving top billing from the Wickens' an amazing kids pool with islands and water falls, kids play ground, kids water park and mini golf. After 4 weeks on the road I am not afraid to admit that we, and the kids, were happy to do little other than enjoy the facilities.

We did wander into Broome, a small city that we had been told would charm us, certainly in comparison to the rest of urban North West Australia, and it too lived up to the billing, especially the old Chinatown part of the town which is still exclusively old buildings of uniform design and full of great places to eat, interesting shops and as Katherine will attest to, one of the best boutique in the whole of Australia.  

We also did the obligatory camel ride - all five of us including Benjamin - all the more amusing because they choose to do the camel rides on a stretch of beach which is a nudist beach!  

We had a great picnic breakfast one morning, test driving the 4x4 on Cable Beach.  Brad embarassingly nearly got the car stuck right outside the hotel. The boys and I played football on the huge stretch of beach, not venturing anywhere near the sea as a crocodile had been spotted in the water yesterday!

We were also in Broome for a purpose though, to swap the gypo van for a fully kitted out 4X4, which the boys and I were very excited about, but Katherine rightly had her reservations. We had to strip down our luggage and accumulated junk from the last 5 months to just 4 bags and a few accessories that would go on the roof rack as the main body of the vehicle contained all the camping gear, cooking gear, fridge and food as well as the five of us. I raced about town doing what I do well, buying boys accessories for the trip, like a bolt on box for the top of the car, an extra sleeping bag as the nights are cold, stuff sacks to keep everything small and other boys own adventure stuff. Katherine took charge of doing what she does best –organising the team. A heap of stuff to the charity shop in town, a heap of stuff to the orphanage, one bag back to the UK and one bag on to Broome leaving us with 4 very light bags for the Gibb river road. We even ditched the trusty push hair in favour of the lightest weight and smallest one available.

Other than the sunset bar, a walk around town and an ice cream and a quick visit to the Saturday market, we really did not do anything else other than enjoy the pool and organise our gear so almost no photos of an otherwise very nice place to be. But after 3 days we were all pleased with what we had got done and very excited about the next leg of the trip and the fact that we actually fitted everything into the Land Cruiser.
So hard core camping as well as some permanent tented accommodation on the next leg and the chance to find out what we have forgotten and just how life in a tent with a 15 month old really is like.
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