That's right, the water away from the main beaches, when you go up to the pearl farms and other areas, can look too tempting to not want to dive in. But don't, you must read the signs and use local knowledge to guide you.
For instance, you would be lucky to get out alive if you dove into the water in the pictures I have in this warning tip. There are crocs and sharks and all sorts of nasty creatures just waiting for you to dive in here, or even get too close to the waters edge. These pictures where taken near the pearl farms.
You MUST follow all the safety advice here. Read the signage that is all around you. Don't swim where it says don't swim, and don't even fish where it says don't fish.
These signs are for your protection, and for very good reason here. There are dangers a plenty. But then, with such beauty and wonder, there had to be a catch right? And the catch isn't that it's so far away from everything else.
There are sea snakes, poisonous jellyfish, sharks, crocs, snake, spiders, legless locals and more. So be careful and enjoy this amazing place.
I think it's sad to have to report this but it's a fact of life in Broome.
The indigenous people have a problem, and that problem is called alcohol. As reported in other VT pages you might get injured if you end up in a confrontational situation and wind up in hospital.
I think it's tragic that the two societies are seemingly insoluble.
You will see groups of aborigines squatting around in the mangroves (opening pic) or on the football field where, invariably, some will be found totally intoxicated. If further evidence is required then you need look no further than the upper part of Dampier Terrace where I came across what was once an aboriginal midden but today there are more shards of amber glass from broken beer bottles than left over shells.
Right beside that were various bits of clothing, shopping trollies etc.; all referred to by the indigenous population as "white man's rubbish". The fact remains that they left it where it is today.
You may also get approached by some seeking money and you don't have to be a genius to guess what that money, if obtained, will be spent on.
This is what happened to one Broomite on Cable Beach. Make sure that you do know where to drive if you do take the plunge and decide to drive onto Cable Beach. Luckily, this guy had a mate who was willing to tow him out.
During the evenings in Broome and especially on a pension night (Thursday) the local Aboriginal's are often seen in the local parks drinking in big groups, it is advisable not to walk through those parks if you happen to see them, as we were told they had caused trouble and chased people.
If you wish to walk to a restaraunt for dinner it is suggested that you walk before sunset, most restaruants open before 6pm.
Broome`s tropical weather and Mangroves is the perfect for Sand fly`s to live in and when they came in land usally early morning and at dusk they can be a real problem, my legs are covered in scars from bites of Sand fly`s. So take your insect repellent
When swimming in and around Broome`s coastline be sure to have someone close by as these waters has Stinging Jellyfish but sometimes of the year is worst than others, my friend got stung in the face at Cable beach and the lifeguard had ran out of morphine and ended spending 2 days in hospital.
Tuesday nights is when the local Abororignals get there weekly money from the goverment and this is the night also they get very drunk and hang about the local Oval, try not to walk around on your own as i did and took a left hook of one of these guys busting my lip open,also a Irish friend of mine had his face smashed into a phone box ending up spending 10 nights in hospital and had to go home.
Even around the centre of Broome (Chinatown) it is sparsely lit and lonely at night.
On our first night (after arriving on a late plane and not having seen the place in daylight), we were dropped off at a reastaurant on the recomendation of a taxi driver. He didn't tell us that it only sold pizza or whole baked fish or that it was outside with no aircon. We could not tell that we were on the edge of Chinatown only 200 metres away from many other restaurants
Best time in Broome is winter (June-July) when the rain stops and humidity drops. (It'll still be hot). We went in May when it was hotter then usual, 36 centigrade and very humid every day. If you are not used to it/sensitive to heat you will find it hard to walk more than 500 metres and may not be able to eat or sleep.
Never go out without a bottle of water!
Australias beaches are wonderful. Actually going in the water ... hmm. ?
The biggest problem would be the box jellyfish which is quite poisonous.
Around Broome be especially careful from Dezember to April. At some places around Australia they have nets, so you can swim without any danger.
On the beaches you often find "help-points" with vinegar. This isn´t for doing salad :-) but it helps, if you are stung by a jellyfish, just poor a lot over it..
Other poisonous things here in the sea can be: Stonefish (almost impossible to see), blue ringed Octopus, some Snails (yes), Lionfish, Scorpionfish ... etc.
So it really is best not to touch anything that you don´t know. Goes as well for snorkeling and diving of course.
Please dont do what I did and start drinking at 9am. By 3pm you are pissed as a newt and cant function. by 9pm you are that drunk that you crack the ***s and pass out early. Then unable to enjoy yourself
You have been warned
Be warned that if you intend to walk up Cable Beach, between Gantheaume Point and the cafeteria and bus stop, it is a lot further than it looks - make sure you remember to bring a hat and plenty to drink!
Crocodiles - as you can see from the sign, are in the waterways up here.
Hightide - if you are laying on the beach for a long period of time, you much watch out for high tide, which comes in once a week.
Cyclones - in the summer can happen
Heat Stroke - very very hot in summer
My husband warned me of this as he's worked building roads in New Guinea. Coconuts are large and heavy and fall off without warning, you wouldn't want one falling on your head.