Roebuck Plains Roadhouse

Corner Great Northern Highway And Broome Road, Broome, Australia
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Stingers on Cable Beach

by frederikranke

Are there problems with stingers at Cable Beach in say March to June? What are the average sea temp. from March to June?

Kind regards

Re: Stingers on Cable Beach

by Kakapo2

Stinger season normally is from November to May, so you could have problems during the entire time you are there.

Do not know the exact sea temperature during those months - but I would not swim in the sea during those months, not even in those stinger suits...

Re: Stingers on Cable Beach

by 1+1

Stingers can be around through that period, but there are warning signs and information is available locally.

Check this site for current sea surface temps around Australia:

Broome is latitude 17.95 degrees and longitude 122.4 degrees. Its currently around 28.8C off the coast. Cyclones bring up cooler water so it will vary, but March could be warmer than current figures and any decline later is usually slow. In any case, it'll be a bit warmer than where you live.

Re: Stingers on Cable Beach

by Purpleshade

I was in Broome during May a couple of years ago.

It was HOT and HUMID all the time(ie 36-38c and 80% humidity), the days were hot, the nights were hot, the water was very warm.
I believe this was a bit hotter than usual for May.

In March it is likely to be hot and humid all the time.

Re: Stingers on Cable Beach

by drmalesic

Hi Frederick, Stingers are always around in Broome, but they are less of them during the dry season (April - October). At cable beach there is a notice board with information on how to deal with stings and viniger and notice of the date last sting occurred, I hope this helps. I also run a Kimberley info. blog that might be useful if your traveling in the region.
Happy travel's

Re: Stingers on Cable Beach

by skotup

lots of people swim there, ive been swimming there no worries. water temp? dont expect to be able to cool down in the water. Its the temperature of stepping into a warm shower just before you decide to turn the cold tap down just a smig to make it hot.

Re: Stingers on Cable Beach

by Purpleshade

It might help a little to put vinegar on stings, but they can be extremely painful for a long time if you get a bad one, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Travel Tips for Broome

Don't leave out the warm clothing!

by KoalaB

If you're going on a safari tour for 3-4 days take a soft luggage bag (no more than 15 kg in weight) and a back pack for the day treks. I travelled in June but found though the days were a beautiful 29-30deg C the evenings were very cold (especially when going on the inland safari to the Bungle Bungles) so do take the track suit, socks & sneakers, a warm jacket and long trousers. I have a great pair of long trousers that can unzip and become shorts - very versatile. Remember to take your own medications and don't forget your sunscreen and hat. I always carry my own insect repellent, bandaids, antiseptic cream and something for insect bites (just in case)! Take the digital, video or whatever you can because the scenery is just spectacular in the Kimberleys. Take good walking shoes (sneakers) with socks. Don't forget your torch and extra batteries.
Do wear a hat during the day time, one like an Akubra, which has a brim to protect the back of your neck is more practicle than a cap. Broome Visitor Centre are extremely helpful if you need any info on where to stay, how much, availability and tours.

The amazing Reddell Beach

by iandsmith

I was curious. No-one went past Gantheaume Point but there was a road there. Curiosity got the better of me and I found the most stunning place in all Broome, just a couple of kilometres from the CBD. Here is the story of how it got its name.
The Ethel was a New Zealand built brigantine designed to run to and from Broome supplying pearling luggers.
Its skipper, Captain Reddell, had a reputation as a hard drinking man who was strong on discipline. In fact, he had already been charged with assaulting two Chinese.
On a clear night the Ethel sailed from Roebuck Bay. It was the 19th October, 1899 and it carried a multi-cultural crew of Dyaks, Malays, Chinese, one Japanese and one aborigine plus 5 Filipinos and 3 whites, the other two being Reddell’s son and a carpenter.
A fight started around 10 p.m. when a Filipino, Peter Perrez, was at the wheel. His version is that Reddell came up and abused him because he was not steering straight but the ship was under the influence of a strong tide.
The captain struck Perrez and asked his son to bring his gun and he duly shot Perrez who retaliated by stabbing the captain. After that he took Reddell’s gun and shot both his son and the carpenter. (continued)

Truth of the matter

by iandsmith

Pooh ah Ming, the Chinese cook, tells a different version however. He maintained that the five Filipinos planned to steal the ship and took their opportunity when Perrez was assaulted.
In the ensuing struggle, Perrez stabbed Reddell who tried to get help and his son emerged and shot Perrez but he was killed by a sailor called Magdologo who also killed the carpenter when he tried to help the boy.
Next morning the five Filipinos and a Dyak called Pedro de la Cruz bullied the rest of the crew. They decided to sail to Indonesia and sell the vessel for whatever they could get but first they sent the bodies overboard with an anchor and then killed Jimmy the aborigine and the Japanese sailer Ando. Both were tomahawked by de la Cruz leaving the 6 mutineers and 7 crew who sailed first to Adaut and then Macassar in the Celebes.
When they docked the surviving crew went straight to the Dutch authorities who duly arrested all on board.
Two policeman from W.A. were sent over, including the conscientious Constable Patrick Percy who had learnt some Malay. They took statements and returned with the six mutineers who were charged with mutiny and murder.
Both Perrez and de la Cruz were hanged and three others served life sentences while a sixth was set free.
The Ethel returned to its original work of servicing the lugger fleet.
Me, I couldn't stop taking photos of this wonderland of shapes and colours; hope you find time to do the same.

Town beach and Staircase to the Moon

by kid-keith

Town beach has some great features with Mangroves to the left and a great view of the Jetty to the right as well as some monster tides.
This big tides make way for the Staircase to moon. Certain times of the month the Moon reflex of the muddy water looking like a staircase to Moon, every time this happens there is a small festival with sournir stools and snack vans etc.... a must see if your fortunate to be in Broome at this time i went a couple of times the first time it looked better but the next time it was a bit hard to see.

Visit the Broome Bird Observatory

by bsfreeloader

Located on the shores of Roebuck Bay approximately 25 kilometers from Broome, the Broome Bird Observatory is a must visit for those with even a minimal interest in nature. Roebuck Bay boasts the highest diversity of migratory waders in Australia and is considered one of the very best places in the world to observe shorebirds. The observatory, which is the best place to view these magnificent birds, is best visited from September to April, when shorebird populations are at their peak. In addition to shorebirds, the observatory has watering stations that draw numerous species of landbirds, including several species of honeyeater, Great Bowerbird, and Zebra and Long-tailed Finch. The same area is also patrolled by a Brown Goshawk, which has a tendency to chase everything else away. If you decide to go, note that the road to the observatory is unpaved and a 4WD vehicle is necessary.


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Address: Corner Great Northern Highway And Broome Road, Broome, Australia