Photo Equipment: A polarized filter (usually called a circular polarizer) on your camera lens will help boost color saturation, important when taking monochromatic pictures like blue sky above blue sea, and will also help to capture vibrant bright colours (like all those beautiful red cliffs) so that your prints will match your memory. Polarizers are particularly important in sunny conditions when colour washout is more likely to occur. So be like the cool kids at National Geographic and get yourself a circular polarizer filter on your lens. They are durable and inexpensive (about $10), available from any photo supply store.
Miscellaneous: Polarized sunglasses help you to see through water that would otherwise reflect like a mirror. For instance, while boating/canoeing/beach walking, polarized sunglasses will help you see creatures in the water. I was able to see rays dart along the bottom (they look like dark shadows) while my buddy (regular sunglasses) missed out. Don't let it be you! Polarized sunglasses are usually clearly labelled and cost anywhere from $20-$150+ depending on the style and brand.
Hire a Satellite Phone
Miscellaneous: If you are really going far afield, or venturing out in the Wet, consider renting a satellite phone. With limited fuel and supplies in this region, it could be a handy insurance policy to cover the unexpected.
Rates start at about $21/day for short term, less expensive for longer rental periods. Shipping is available.
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Don't leave out the warm clothing!
Luggage and bags: 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.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: 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)!
Photo Equipment: Take the digital, video or whatever you can because the scenery is just spectacular in the Kimberleys.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: 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.
Miscellaneous: Broome Visitor Centre are extremely helpful if you need any info on where to stay, how much, availability and tours.
Slip - Slop - Slap
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You should bring with you, a hat or umbrella to shade off the sun, suitable cotton clothing to wear during the beautiful warm sunny days and suncreen to wipe over your arms and other exposed areas. A cool long sleeved cotton or light linen shirt want go astray, especially if you intend to spend the day out on the water as you will end up very sunburnt without protection.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It is around 30 degrees every day during summer, and so you will not need a lot of clothes. Then Mum arrived in Broome (from the coolest state SA) dressed in a skirt, stockings and jumper, she soon immediately noticed how hot it was. Everyone else on the tarmac was dressed in shorts and light clothing!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take plenty of sunscreen and mosquito repellant.
Antihistamine - Sand fly bites
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You must take with you as a precaution Antihistamines, the sand flies come out at sunset every day and you are vitually biten all over. The other precaution recommended is to take vitamin B
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