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Broome, WA – what a pearler!

The historic township of Broome is known for its Pearling industry, beautiful Cable Beach and as the gateway to Western Australia’s Kimberley region.  There are some fabulous historical sites such as the Japanese cemetery which is the largest Japanese cemetery in Australia and dates back to the early pearling days.  At Ganthaume Point you can view dinosaur footprints believed to be around 130million years old.  If you are after some bling, head for the Pearl Showrooms along the main street.

There are around 20 art galleries showcasing works by local Aboriginal artists.  Dining out is a treat with a few hip and funky cafes in town featuring a blend of local ingredients with Asian inspired flavours.  Head to Matsos Brewery for a refreshing Ginger Beer and a hot Indian curry.  Sit out on the verandah and enjoy the views over Roebuck Bay.  A couple of upmarket eateries are featuring pearl meat – similar to abalone flesh found in the oysters which cultivate the pearls.

Cable Beach is a 22km long stretch of beautiful white sandy beach.  Don’t walk too far north from the car park or you might find yourself at the nudist beach!  You will know when you get there.  If you want to kick back and sip on a cocktail while watching a fabulous sunset, head to the Sunset Bar and Cafe in the Cable Beach Club Resort. 

Catch a flick at Sun Pictures, the world’s oldest picture gardens established in 1916 and recently restored.  Sit outdoors on a deck chair and watch the latest release.  Dont be alarmed if you hear aircraft roaring overhead – they are situated right in the Broome Airport flight path.

For a bit of adventure, take a Turtle Bay Kayak Adventure and try to spot a sea turtle from your kayak.

Try to time your trip to Broome to co-incide with the natural phenomenon of Broome’s ‘Staircase to the Moon’ which occurs between March to October.  The full moon reflects off the mud-flats of Roebuck Bay at extreme low tide and creates the illusion of a staircase heading to the moon.  If you cant make it in time, take an Astronomy Experience Tour and use powerful telescopes to view the moon, planets and stars accompanied by educational and entertaining commentary.

If you want to stay in the city area of Broome – close to the shops, theatre etc try the Mercure Inn Continental Broome.  It is walking distance to central Broome, and a few minutes drive to Cable Beach.  Rooms from around $130 a night.

For a family resort close to the Cable Beach area, try the Seashells Resort Broome.  The resort has a large free-form heated swimming pool with separate heated spa,  and a childrens’ paddling pool and play area. Stay in a 2 bedroom self-contained apartment for 4 for around $230 a night.

With an activity for every type of holiday maker – beach lover, historian, shopaholic, photographer – Broome is a pearler of a place to visit!

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