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    Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park & Animal Refuge

    by grandmaR Written Jun 30, 2014
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    This was an amazing place - they had lots of the Salties and they passed around the babies (with their mouths taped shut) and other Australian animals. Then they had a tour where they fed and 'played with' the crocs. My granddaughter went and I just stayed around the main area and took photos of the snakes in their cages

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    Adults
    $35.00pp
    Concession (Pensioner & Backpacker ID required) $30.00pp
    Family (2 adults, 2 children) $90.00
    Child (5-15 yrs) $20.00pp

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    Diver's Cemetery

    by grandmaR Written Jun 30, 2014

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    The Japanese Cemetery at Broome (which is the largest Japanese cemetery in Australia) dates back to the very early pearling days and bears witness to the close ties Japan established with Broome in the early twentieth century. It is the resting place of 919 Japanese divers who lost their lives working in the industry. The first recorded burial in the cemetery dates back to 1896.

    A plaque at the entrance says in part, "..bears witness to the close ties Japan has with this small north west town. During their years of employment in the industry a great many men lost their lives due to drowning or the diver's paralysis. A large stone obelisk bears testimony to those lost in the 1908 cyclone. It is also recorded that in the 1887 and 1905 cyclones each caused the death of 140 men. In the year 1914 the diver's paralysis claimed the lives of 33 men. There are 707 graves (919 people) with most of them having headstones of colored beach rocks"

    Unfortunately, since we were late starting the tour (due to the Dawn Princess docking issues), we did not get to stop at this cemetery, and all I have are photos from the bus

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    Pearl Buttons

    by grandmaR Written Jun 30, 2014
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    Originally the pearls of Broome were the mother of pearl insides of the abalone shells which were cut out to make buttons, Japanese divers went down in helmet diving suits with heavy boots to keep them on the floor and harvest the shells, The boats that they worked from are called Pearl Luggers, and one of the first places we went on our Broome tour was the Pearl Lugger Museum. When World War I was declared in 1914, Broome harboured about 300 pearl luggers and had a population of over 1,000 white men and some 2,000 coloured. Broome had suffered extensive damage by the cyclones of 1908, 1910 and especially 1912 and much of the town needed to be rebuilt. When WWII came along, the Japanese divers were interned and this, plus the increased use of plastic for buttons was the end of the pearling industry.

    We got to the museum a little late so the lady giving us the presentation was quite rapid in delivery but it was very interesting and then afterward we had a shopping op. and we used the bathroom at the restaurant that was there.

    There was a plaque on the pearl lugger (which was hard to take a photo of because it was so close) which said

    This pearling lugger has been preserved by the community of Broome with assistance from the Department of Tourism, Broome Shire Council and supporters throughout Western Australia

    It was dedicated to the memory of Arthur Streeter male O.B.E., O.St.J., J.P., First Freeman of the Shire of Broome and the Western Australian pioneer of the cultured pearl industry

    Dedicatd by
    THE PREMIER OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    HON. SIR CHARLES COURT
    O.B.E. M.B.A.
    on the 27th August 1977

    Entry Prices

    Adult $25.00
    Concession $20.00
    Children $12.50 (6-16).

    Children under 5 and under are free.

    Family $60.00 (2+2)

    PLEASE NOTE: These vessels no longer sail and are on display for your enjoyment.

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    Cable Beach

    by grandmaR Written Jun 30, 2014

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    The bus driver took us by Cable Beach because he said this was one of the things about Broome that we MUST see (even though it wasn't on the tour). He told us it was named because this was where telephone cables had been laid. Apparently people ride camels on this beach although we did not see that.

    I see from the internet that the beach is sometimes closed because the salties (Salt Water Crocs) also like this beach.

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    Gantheaume Point lighthouse

    by grandmaR Written Jun 30, 2014
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    Gantheaume Point has a lighthouse, and of course I am interested in lighthouses, but I did not get out of the bus because by this time I was really tired. So I had my granddaughter take a photo for me, and I just took pictures from the bus

    The first tower was a 47ft open braced steel tower built in 1905. It was later replaced with an AGA lantern on a new tower in 1917. The current lighthouse was built in 1984. The lighthouse is active; focal plane 108 ft; two white flashes, separated by 3 seconds, every 10 seconds. It is a 75 ft tapered square steel skeletal tower with lantern and gallery. The lantern painted white. The keeper's houses have been demolished. The station is surrounded by interesting red rock formations. Site open (but fenced), tower closed.

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    Gantheaume Point

    by DEBBBEDB Written Jun 29, 2014

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    The last place they took us was Gantheaume Point, which has a lighthouse and also saw the casts of the dinosaur tracks (the real tracks are under water except at low tide). There were neat red rock formations here. There was also a small man made rock pool built by a former lighthouse keeper for his wife Anastasia who was crippled with arthritis.

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    Pearl Lugger's Museum

    by DEBBBEDB Written Jun 29, 2014
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    This museum was the first part of our Broome excursion and we were late getting here because of the ship docking problems, so the hour tour was a little rushed. We didn't really get to see the two original pearling luggers that were on display. The pearls in this case were the insides of the abalone shells which in the past were cut out to make buttons. The original pearling was getting those shells, not getting the pearls from inside of oysters. When plastic buttons came into general use, the pearling industry collapsed.

    Entry Prices

    Adult $25.00
    Concession $20.00
    Children $12.50 (6-16).

    Children under 5 and under are free.

    Family $60.00 (2+2)

    PLEASE NOTE: These vessels no longer sail and are on display for your enjoyment.

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    Cable Beach

    by DEBBBEDB Written Jun 29, 2014

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    The driver took us Cable Beach and I got out and took some photos. This was not actually one of the places listed on the tour. We just walked up to the top of the dune and took photos - we didn't actually go down on the beach. There were some areas of rock in the sand

    It looked like a nice beach and there were people there even though it was winter in Australia. The driver told us that the beach was named after the telegraph cable laid between Broome and Java in 1889. They ride camels on this beach.

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    Wilderness Park

    by DEBBBEDB Updated Jun 2, 2014

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    This was the second stop on our cruise ship excursion. First they passed baby crocodiles around for us to hold, and then they took us out in the park. They fed the crocodiles and showed us how they jumped. They also had bats, kangaroos, wallaby's and dingoes. I took some videos which I will try to figure out how to post.

    I liked the dingoes.the best.

    ADULTS $35.00pp
    Child (5-15 yrs) $20.00pp

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    Life's a beach!

    by Madasabull Written Nov 29, 2013
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    Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are in Australia, and Broome has an amazing stretch of white sand that will make your jaw drop.

    Speaking of Jaws, on the day we arrived, a 14 salt water croc was seen on the main beach soaking up the rays with the locals. Crazy but true, well, maybe there wasnt too many locals sharing the same patch of sand, but the croc was there, true.

    But dont let that put you off, the water is so clear that you will see one if it gets too close, although what you will do if you do see one!!!

    Everyone still swims and nobody has been eaten, yet!

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    Chillax

    by Madasabull Written Nov 29, 2013

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    It's crazy to think that a place could be so laid back, but it is, it's amazingly laid back. They joke that they even have their own time, Broome Time, so no clocks are needed :) Of course there are clock, just not a lot of people WE met seemed to bother with them.

    There is loads to do and see, it is and amazing. I was brought up down the coast in Perth, and it wasnt until I was living in the UK and 44 years old, that I decided I would like to see it. I just can't believe I left it so long. If I had visited there when I was in my 20's, I would still be there, maybe.

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    Laze around at Cable Beach

    by albaaust Updated Jul 6, 2009

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    Cable Beach it seems is the beach to be seen at. The beach itself is sparkling clean and a huge expanse of white, hard sand.

    Be prepared to see some "expanses" of nude bodies!

    You can hire sun lounges and umbrellas during the peak season.

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    Markets

    by albaaust Written Jul 6, 2009

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    Every Saturday from 9am - midday there are markets in front of the Courts where local craftspeople sell their wares. Examples of some of the goods on show: jewellery, handmade soaps (see other shopping tip), clothes, artwork, honey, various condiments, gemstones and of course pearls (be careful some are Chinese not local). There are also foodmarkets and sometimes a local band playing.

    If you are interested in what is happening on the local scene this is the place to go.

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    Something different-hovercraft

    by albaaust Written Jul 6, 2009

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    An interesting way to have a look at the mudflats around Roebuck Bay is to take a hovercraft tour.

    It is quite expensive but different!!

    There are a number of different tours you can take including: a 1 hour tour over the tidal flats to see preserved dinosaur prints ($85), a sunset tour which takes 1 3/4 hour and includes hors d'oeuvres and non alcoholic cocktails ($125) or a full scenic/historic tour to see flying boat wreckages and the dinosaur prints 1 1/2 hour ($125).

    We took the $85 trip and found it quite enjoyable. The driver/guide is quite informative and humorous. The seats are in pairs so you can get a good view of the surroundings.

    Well worth it if you have the time and the money.

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    Take a tour around Broome

    by albaaust Written Jul 27, 2008

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    There are a variety of tours you can take in and around Broome. These are the websites and addresses of some of them.

    www.broomesightseeingtours.com
    Broometopdecktours@bigpond.com Free phone 1800-858-985 ($40/$10)
    wildsidetours@ westnet.com.au 0407575237
    www.williecreekpearls.com.au
    Girlworldtours 0412833501 tours@girlworldtours.com.au

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