Chasing The Sunset
Trip Start Sep 08, 2011
85Trip End Jan 08, 2012
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Where I stayed
Beaches of Broome
Read my review - 5/5 stars
Read my review - 5/5 stars
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
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..
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?