Buddha's sanctuary made a lasting impression on me.
It is a beautiful well tended garden containing an awesome 3 metre tall statue of Buddha intricatly carved from a solid block of crystal. The statue stands in an eight-sided gazebo, surrounded by a mandala of great chunks of raw crystals of Amythest, Topaz and Quartz.
Another gazebo has Buddist artifacts on display and there is a
monk talking to those interested in listening.
There is a wonderful, tranquil feeling in the place.
Don't forget to take your shoes off before you go in.
A perect place for meditation.
Open 7:00-10:00 and 16:00-19:00
No photo sorry-it didn't feel right to even ask if it was O.K.
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Cable Beach is awesome! Twenty two kilometres long. You can see the curve of the earth along the horizon. The tide receeds along way leaving pristine hard pale sand.
There are sand crabs, tropical shells and coral to find.
And if you hadn't already heard, watch a sunset from Cable Beach, there's bars and reastaurants set up to get the best views or you can take your 4wd down onto the beach.
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The Japanese Cemetery is what it says.
Here lie the deceased Japanese that worked in the area. For a very small pay they had to dive for the Mussels that make pearls: the precious Oysters.
A lot of them died because of that dangerous work.
The Cemetery has the typical japanese stile: simple, yet aesthetic.
It is a must see in Broome, but remember that it still is a Cemetery and not only a tourist attraction.
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Courthouse Markets, Saturday and Sunday morning.
Tourist markets full of delightful trinkets set among large shady trees.
Lots of pearls and other jewellry, paintings and local craftwork.
I bought these lovely sterling silver and paula shell earings and a beautiful tiny fluorite angel.
Look out for the veggie stall near the entrance that sells frozen mango slices in plastic bags-you eat them like an ice lolly (icy-pole, popsicle). Wonderful on a stinking hot day!
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Camel Ride at Sunset on Cable Beach
If you are looking for something romantic to do around Broome, this is it: go Camel riding on the Beach at Sunset.
You get picked up at the bus station, then driven close to the beach. There you are introduced to "your" camel. 2 Persons per Camel, one in front of the hump, the other one behind.
Through the dunes you ride slowly to the beach, where you arrive just in time for a wonderful sunset.
Back through the night to the Camel-Station.
All in all a wonderful - romantic evening - ride.
And: did you know that Australian Camels are exported to Egypt and other African countries?
First they imported them to Australia, because they thought they would be helpful in this dry surroundings ... and they were! But some escaped or were sent away, because they were not needed anymore. They did well in the Australian deserts, becoming wild again. Then they were rediscovered. And it was found that they were of better quality than the ones in Africa (less inbred most probably) - and today ... well.
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Dinosaur Footprints at Gantheaume Point
Gauntheraume Point is a red sand-stone cliff at the sea.
Some million years ago (when the area was flat, muddy and not at the sea) a dinosaur walked through and left his footprints....
Unfortunately they can only be seen if the tide is very low. If it is not, there are some replica located higher there.
The information Centre should be able to give the information about the tides - or you can have a look at the local magazines.
But even if your low-tide is not low enough I would go there, just to see the red cliffs and their stark contrast to the tourquoise sea.
(The picture is not manipulated, it does look like that).
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Watch a movie at the "Sun Pictures"
The Sun Pictures is the oldest still standing and operating open air cinema in the world.
I have to admit it doesn´t look like much from the outside, but that´s not the important thing.
It is an Experience to watch a film in this surrounding. Even when the sun is down it will be some time before the sky is really black. While the stars come out and you watch the movie, there is a soft wind blowing through the palms and sometimes a gecko or a bat comes by...
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Broome Crocodile Park
The Crocodile Park in Broome is managed by Malcolm Douglas, which is quite a famous person in Australia and elsewhere due to his work in many nature films and documentations.
If you have some time (and maybe not had a good look at australias salt water crockodiles, the "salties"), go there.
Open 1st April to 30th November
Monday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday 2pm to 5 pm
Feeding hour tours 3 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Guided Tours and Alligator Feeding: 3pm Monday and Tuesday
The park was founded to safe the species, which is not necessary anymore, there seem to be enough crocodiles around today. You can buy there the meat and skin of the crocs as well.
You will be explained the difference between Alligators (not common in Australia) and Crocodiles.
Sun Cinemas, old and new
The original old open air Sun Cinema still runs and has an interesting display of equipment and memorobilia in it's foyer. We went to the new Sun Cinema across the other side of the oval to sit in cool air-conditioned comfort on a stinking hot day.
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Fishing on the Jetty.
The fishing of Broome`s jetty is super. Always garanteed bites with sport from Baramundi,GT`s, Bream,Cod, and some big Ray`s plus many more species too.
Not only is it great fishing we saw Sharks,Sea Snakes,Dolphins,Giant Turtle`s and even a Dugong whilst sitting down there. If you like fishing or even sea life in general this is a must go place.
Must go and have a look at Cable Beach. The best time for this is at sunset, as it is absolutely gorgeous. Take a camel ride or just have a few drinks on the beach.
But be prepared to see alot of peoples 'bits" hanging out. Seems that Cable Beach is a somewhat nudist retreat, and not many people have any shame in showing what they have (or havent as the case may be) got.
Camel Ride into the Sunset
This one hour tour along the beautiful white sands of Cable Beach Broome is sensational. Kala carried my daughter and I and enjoyed eating carrots when they were handed out by the camel handlers.
The sun setting, over the calm waters of the Indian Ocean, was a breathtaking ball of orange in the deep purpley-blue dusk sky of Broome. I'm so glad we made this excursion a top priority... the camel handlers are fun and good looking too! (yes... and they know lots about camels!)
$45 per adult - Max Weight - 120 kgs
$25 per child aged 6 to 16 years
$10 for children 5 years and under*
Did you know the first camel in Australia was imported from the Canary Islands in 1840 by a guy named Horlock? Camels in Australia are scattered through the arid interior of Australia with an estimate of 50% in Western Australia, 25% in Northern Territory, and 25% in western Queensland and northern South Australia. There are over 400,000 camels running wild in Australia.
Fabulous isn't it! :o)
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Turtle Bay Sea Kayak Adventure
While we were only in Broome for two days we made the most of out time and took a sensational 3 hour tour of Turtle Bay in a sea kayak. The coastal scenery and opal coloured waters make this a spectacular adventure even if you don't spot a turtle.
There are tours everyday and the Broome season is April - November.
Prices are (GST included):
Child $AUD50 (6-16)
What do you get for your money?
Courtesy transport from Broome (they picked us up from our house)
Double kayaks with comfy backrests
A snack and drinks at a beach along the way
Experienced, friendly and knowledgeable guides
Dry bags for your camera gear
We really enjoyed paddling around the reefs, having water fights and racing. Western Blue take out about 14 in each tour and most of us knew each other so there was no holding back when it came time to challenge each other. No wonder we didn't see any turtles... they heard us coming! :o)
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Homage to foreign divers
The Japanese Cemetery is an interesting historical site to visit. It’s a unique site in that it was established at the very beginning of the establishment of Broome as a townsite and one of the few cemeteries for a specific group of "foreigners" in Australia.
The cemetery was in a state of disrepair until it was "rehabilitated" by a Japanese
businessman in 1988
It is now laid out as a traditional Japanese garden with the headstones carved out of sandstone or granite.
There is an explanation of the cemetry at the gateway but no other explanations which is a pity. I would suggest that if you wanted to explore the history of Japanese divers in more detail you visit the historical museum.
The Chinese cemetery is next door.
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Hermit crabs on the beach
Go to Port beach and see the hermit crabs.
It's a rocky point to walk around, with rock pools to paddle in on a hot day.
The rocks are all colours between red white and black and many of them sparkle with quartz. There's lots of shells and coral to collect, and, most interesting of all, if you've not seen them before, are the hermit crabs.
One gave my poor husband quite a scare when he was helping me collect shells and one woke up in his hand.
The Wharf Restaurant right next to the jetty serves excellent fresh fish.
To see more about the Wharf restaurant, click hereThe Wharf restaurant
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