Trip Start Apr 05, 2011
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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
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
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
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
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
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