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    Colourful Broome

    by iandsmith Updated Jun 22, 2008

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    Here and there in Broome there are some bright colours emanating from the flora of the place, most notably bougainvillea but, if you keep your eyes open, there are plenty of other plants to choose from.
    All this is just an excuse really to include the first shot because I really liked it!
    It was taken on the edge of Roebuck Bay.

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    Gantheaume Point

    by iandsmith Updated Jun 22, 2008

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    Gantheaume Point lies at the southern end of Cable Beach and is where the lighthouse is. The rock formations here are, at times, extraordinary.
    The dominant colour is rust red but the early morning and late afternoon light show them up to best advantage.
    There's a short patch of dirt road to negotiate to get there but it's worth the effort.
    Located approximately 6 km from town, this is a scenic area of red, craggy cliffs providing a stark contrast to the azure water below.
    What are presumed to be dinosaur footprints over 120 million years old can be seen here when tides are less than 1.5 metres. As the reef area is very fragile, care must be taken when exploring this area. For the benefit of visitors a plaster cast of the tracks has been embedded at the top of the cliff.
    On the north side of the point is Anastasia's Pool, 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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    Pearling lugger

    by iandsmith Updated Jun 22, 2008

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    An original pearling lugger

    This attraction opened in early 1999 and has developed into one of the towns most talked about tours and has brought back to life the history and heritage of the early pioneering days.
    A choice of two experiences are available. The day tour which takes and hour and 15 minutes, or the ultimate evening tour which features the tasting of exotic pearl shell meat dishes, a rare delicacy considering it sells for $700 per kilo in Japan!
    This special evening tour not only includes a first hand insight into the world of pearling, but the opportunity to view one of Broome`s best collections of loose Australian South Sea Pearls, which are naturally available for purchase.
    Pearl Luggers is situated in the heart of Chinatown, Broome and features two beautifully restored Broome built pearling luggers as well as an exciting collection of early pearling equipment.
    It's easy to find, just drive along Dampier Terrace and you'll see the boats eventually.

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    Roebuck Bay

    by iandsmith Written Jun 22, 2008

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    This largely unappealing, though at times photogenic, bay is writ large in Broome's history.
    The English buccaneer William Dampier was the first European to actually visit Broome's shores in 1688, after sailing north from Shark Bay in the H.M.S. Roebuck, and landing in the region of the Buccaneer Archipelago.
    There's a legend that says he also landed at what is today called Buccaneer Rock in Roebuck Bay and buried a pirate treasure chest.
    You can see his ghost there at night, looking for his lost treasure with a lantern...then again, maybe you won't; Dampier actually never landed at Roebuck Bay.
    Still, the Dampier Archipelago, Dampier Peninsula, Roebuck Bay and of course the famous Roebuck Hotel on Dampier Terrace are all named after this first visit.
    The bay itself is a mangrove lined mud flat sugject to huge tidal influence with the occasional croc or two. Not the sort of place to take the children........then again, there have been times!

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    CBD

    by iandsmith Written Jun 22, 2008

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    Tin, verandahs and palms, that about covers it!

    The CBD is set beside Roebuck Bay and most buildings feature corrugated tin in one form or another.
    The reason for this is that it used to be used as ballast when ships returned so, rather than waste it, it was used for many of the constructions in Broome.
    You also have to remember that this isn't an old town, historically speaking.
    There's lots of touristy shops, including 5 pearl shops in the same block, along with all the usual cafes and such.
    Palm Trees and verandahs also feature heavily, both designed to give some relief from the sun.

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    Japanese Cemetery

    by iandsmith Written Jun 22, 2008

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    Gone, but not forgotten
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    Dating from 1896, the Japanese cemetery is possibly Broome’s best known historical attraction. The Japanese were here in numbers for the pearl industry, mainly employed as divers.
    The Japanese cemetery records that in the cyclones of 1887 and 1935, 140 men were lost in each catastrophe. There is a dominant obelisk in the cemetery that lists those who were lost in the 1908 storm.
    In addition, in 1914 alone, the bends caused the death of 33 men. The cemetery has been restored totally due to a grant from Ryoichi Sasakawa of the Japanese Shipbuilding Foundation from an initial impetus from Senator Kazuo Tamaki.
    919 people are interred here in 707 grave sites.

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    Willie Creek Pearls

    by iandsmith Updated Jun 22, 2008

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    This is the most commercial of the pearl companies in Broome, even though it's the smallest.
    Their tours to their nearby operation are popular and give you a wonderful insight into those precious things that women love.
    In addition to a full explanation and demonstration of the humble pearl, you also get a boat ride around the Willie Creek area and will see a resident croc or two in addition to lots of birdlife.
    They also have a showroom where the classification of pearls is explained. Let me tell you right here, the fakes are impossible to spot with the naked eye on first glance!
    Also, I never knew that every oyster has its own resident blind crab - amazing.
    Trips occur at least twice daily, book in at the local tourist office.
    Willie Creek pearls is owned by a family called Banfield who came off their wheat property, influenced by the legendary Lord Alistair McAlpine, and got into the local tourism via the bus lines, ultimately branching out into pearls. They now own four showrooms.

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    Cable Beach sunset

    by iandsmith Written Jun 22, 2008

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    Watching the sunset is a popular activity in Broome. Many take their dinner, a lot more take drink, all come to watch the sun go down over the water.
    Depending of what cloud formations there are, you may be in for a special treat but, more often that not during the tourist season (the dry) there will be no clouds.
    However, when I was there there was a fire somewhere inland and the smoke drifted over and gave an unusual colour to the evening sky. None of these pictures have been touched up in any way, it's just the way it was.
    You can also drive onto the beach as you can clearly see in my pictures.

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    The Streeter Jetty experience

    by iandsmith Written Jun 22, 2008

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    Locking the claws together

    Streeters Jetty off Dampier Terrace is a reconstructed old wooden jetty built out right through the mangroves for the old pearling ships to come close into town. It's extraordinary to think that boats used to come up in between the dense mangrove forest.
    Today people walk the 50 metres of the jetty to nothing; unless you want to jump off the end into the mud.
    However, everyone looks over the side and sees fiddler crab heaven. The little red critters are everywhere. I took some time out to watch them and got to see an all male affair to decide the alpha male.
    What happens is that they lock into each others big claw, a bit like an arm wrestle. After that they strain to overcome the other and, when they do, the winner flips the opponent upside down with a quick flick of his claw. It's all over in seconds and the loser scurries off elsewhere.

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    Crocodile!!!

    by albaaust Written Apr 17, 2008

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    The crocodile farm is quite an interesting place to visit in terms of finding out a bit more about these magnificent creatures. It is quite expensive but part of the ticket price goes towards preserving animals that otherwise would die in the wild or be put down.

    If you do decide to go make sure you are ahead of the pack so you can get a good vantage point to take photos. If you do take photos put your camera through the wire otherwise it is not a good photo.

    Best time to visit feeding time 3pm when there is a dedicated guided tour.

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    Visit the indigenous galleries

    by albaaust Updated Apr 16, 2008

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    If you are interested in Indigenous Art or even understanding more about Indigenous Art Broome has plenty of galleries. The galleries are accessible within walking distance from the CBD.

    The galleries I visited all had a brief biography of the artist and an explanation of the symbols used in the artwork which provides a greater appreciation of the work.

    Most of these galleries have established long and close links with the communities. Some of these galleries also have websites which allow you to view and buy their artworks.

    Short Street Gallery (www.shortstgallery.com.au) 7 Short Street Chinatown Broome
    Broome 6 Gallery (www.broome6.com.au) 20 Hamersley St
    Gecko Gallery (geckogallery.com.au ) 9 Short St (cnr Sam Su Lane), Chinatown
    Murranji Gallery (www.murranji.com.au )13 Ord Way
    Old Broome Lockup Gallery (www.groovylips.com) 22 Carnarvon St
    Simply Broome Shop 1/20 Dampier Tce, Chinatown
    Windram -Artist (www.windramart.com.au )26 Dampier Tce, Chinatown

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    Maps, tours and other ideas

    by albaaust Updated Apr 16, 2008

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    The Visitor Centre from the roundabout

    The Visitor Centre is an excellent resource in terms of providing maps of Broome, booking of accommodation, tours etc. It also has an excellent website that you can access in terms of things to do.

    Be aware though it does not have all the activities and sight you can see or do in Broome.

    The centre is "behind the Coles shopping centre" near the large roundabout. You can walk it or catch the bus to it! (bus stop right outside)

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    Outdoor movies

    by albaaust Updated Apr 16, 2008

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    The Sun Picture theatre is the oldest working outdoor cinema in the world . For those of us who have lived in the country outdoor cinemas were very much a part of country social life and this theatre has all the trappings: deck chairs, popcorn machine, old posters etc. There are tours at 1pm.

    You can watch the latest released movies here every night. There are two screenings: one starting at approximately 6.30 pm and the second depending on times of movies between 8.10-8.30pm.

    Cost: Adults $15

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    Explore Broome's history

    by albaaust Updated Apr 16, 2008

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    Broome Historical Museum: This museum is well worth a visit if you are interested in exploring the history and significance of a region or town. The museum consists of a number of different areas devoted to the history of Aborigines and pearling, cultured pearls, the impact of the White Australia Policy, the attacks on Broome during WW2, the influence of Horrie Miller and development of MMA (Early Australian airline) and the influence of his daughter as a Flying Doctor nurse.
    The museum also has a section of past records and other memorabilia related to the pearling industry. Spend about an hour to one and half hours here.
    The museum is run by the Broome Historical Society.

    Cost of entry: $5.00 November to May the museum is only open from 10am-1pm.June-October 10am-4pm. Saturday and Sunday 10am-1pm.

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    Ride a camel

    by albaaust Updated Apr 15, 2008

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    There are a number of companies that offer a camel ride along Cable Beach. The most expensive of course is the sunset ride at $60.

    The most popular seems to be Red Camels. www.redsuncamels.com.au

    Prices for adults
    Morning (40 mins) $45
    Afternoon (30 mins) $35
    Sunset (60 mins) $60

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