AUSTRALIA – The Kimberleys – Day 2 – 24th May 2017

The camels are sometimes on the beach at 8am, but not today, so no early morning light against the sea. We took the bus into the old Chinatown, a series of iron-clad shops along the streets and lanes especially Johnny Cho lane which also has historical placards. The early pearl divers were badly treated, being Chinese and later the local aboriginals. Around the corner is Shady Lane, where a cute cafe hides, a pleasant place for a meal or juice. Across from the lane is the famous open-air Sun Pictures cinema; the entrance shelters several dusty large old projectors.

Needing to stock the camper van, we chose Woolworths over the nearby Coles as the bus stopped at the door, just enough for 2 days to get to Kununurra.

We walked to Zanders overlooking the beach as I anticipated the camels would walk past. When they didn’t appear I walked further north to the rocks and saw them in the distance, so they don’t walk down the main beach. I will have to plan to be there when we return in 10 days.

But we watched the sunset over a good dinner at Zanders, meeting the camels on their return later on the way back. 

China Town
Movie Theatre
Movie Theatre – Famous actors, Old projectors
Cable Beach Camel area
Lovers @ Sunset
Camel Train homeward bound
Cable Beach Sunset

AUSTRALIA – The Kimberleys – Day 1 – 23rd May 2017

Broome, on a peninsula only a few metres above sea level, is already warm on landing at 9.30am. The cyclone-proof corrugation clad buildings, the tall palms, bougainvillea, and boabs say you have arrived in the tropical north. These boabs are smaller versions of the African baobabs but just as strange.

Paul, the manager of Beaches of Broome (an upmarket YHA) drove us to here; good to know someone – we met on the pool maintenance training in Perth last year. We have a small sparsely furnished but adequate en-suite. A nice surprise; his wife told me to cancel our two future bookings via the web, and rebook for a better rate. It includes a continental breakfast; snacks available at night.

I set off in the midday sun to explore the expansive white sand, blue water fringed, Cable Beach. Bathers and sun-worshipers were scattered sparsely between the flags monitored by Surf Rescue. A rocky area 200m to the north marks the boundary for vehicles that can drive way north to Cape Leveque.  Up on the overlooking dunes sits the famous and expensive Cable Beach Resort, a good place for a meal overlooking the beach at sunset, but Zanders is cheaper and has similar views. I planned to go there for dinner but Paul said it was not as good as Divers Tavern to the south – wrong! Pretty ordinary. Next door is a small cafe/shop where I stocked up on a few items after my walk. A long walk as I took a short cut resulting in an unusual afternoon nap.

Cable Beach
Life Savers on Cable Beach
Sand Patterns
Streetscape @ Beaches of Broome