Gone is the quiet of the wet season and Broome is lately invaded by what seems like zillions of tourists heading north from the southerly cold climes. It’s hard to find a car park at the shops, Cable Beach is buzzing with sun-worshippers and swimmers and there are lots of great events happening around town.
I have enjoyed having visitors and testing my skills as tour operator in the last couple of weeks. I even managed a drive up the dirt road to the Willie Creek Pearl Farm https://www.experienceoz.com.au/en/broome/pearl-farm-tour-including-transfers-from-broome?gclid=Cj0KCQjwu-HoBRD5ARIsAPIPenceKhb5HcboCzSgjSaS7fZ4jpNwOqVgRHLaEhm79hgaGtLTihN-Bk0aAjOkEALw_wcBin my blue ‘pocket rocket’. And I have to say, she behaved magnificently, even though my friend was seen clutching the side of her seat at times!
Interestingly, we took our bathers ‘just in case’ but were told in no uncertain fashion that it was definitely not safe to swim at Willie Creek (the sea looked so beautiful and it was a warm day) because of the crocs!
Pam and I enjoyed a night at the outdoor picture theatre, Sun Pictures. We saw Top End Wedding and although it was the second time I’ve seen this movie, I enjoyed it more the second time around. It’s an unwritten rule with the locals that when you attend the Sun Theatre you always take a cushion with you because after a while, the deck chair seats can become very uncomfortable. Maybe this is why I enjoyed the film more this time!!
Drove out to the Bird Sanctuary and saw lots of colourful birds, some of which talked non-stop! Then we enjoyed a delicious mango smoothie out at 12 Mile at the Mango plantation before heading back to have sunset drinks at Gantheaume Point. By the way this beach is famous for its dinosaur footprints as well as its bright red cliffs. https://www.australiasnorthwest.com/business/attractions/gantheaume-point
Sometimes, our Thursday night group stays out there until about 9.00pm. Of course once the sun disappears, it’s not long until the sky turns inky black, but it’s such a beautiful spot with the water lapping nearby and the boats bobbing about, that it’s very easy to just relax and enjoy.
Pam took a trip on the hovercraft out in Roebuck Bay to see the dinosaur footprints and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I haven’t done this trip myself but have heard great reports about it. The dinosaur footprints are apparently easy to see and once there, you get out of the hovercraft and walk across the tidal mud flats to the footprints. You can also visit the wrecks of the WWII flying boats at very low tides. https://broomehovercraft.com.au/
We drove out to the port and to Entrance Point where we watched several fishing boats coming in. Sometimes the tide completely washes over the launching ramp on the beach and it seems to come up so quickly, too. One has to be careful when walking on the beach, to make sure there is plenty of time to get back before the tide comes in and covers the sand.
So it’s cheerio to my visitors for a little while, but have a few things to look forward to, starting with a trip to Kooljaman with a couple of friends and then the Corrugated Lines Festival of Words, which I am helping co-ordinate, and another friend arriving from Melbourne for a week not long after that.
It’s all go here in beautiful Broome!