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Beyond Broome
broome waThe beautiful city of Broome, which is located in the northern region of Western Australia on the Kimberley coast, is the ideal base to explore an abundance of natural attractions. Stunning coastal scenery and beautiful national parks make this a colourful, cultural and vibrant city and ideal base for your Western Australian adventure.

Broome experiences a warm climate most of the year, and this is essentially what makes it such a unique destination. There are two distinct seasons, the ‘wet’ and the ‘dry. The wet season occurs between November and April and brings with it short downfalls with hot nights and pleasant days. The dry season is between May and October and is perhaps the most popular time of the year to visit. The nights are cool and the skies a clear blue, making it a perfect time to camp under the stars and enjoy the outdoors.

One of the most well known attractions here is Gantheaume Point, which features ancient dinosaur footprints, which become visible at low tide. Anastasia Pool is also close by, which is a round, hand made rock pool and a popular spot to enjoy the spectacular views of the point.

Cable Beach is one of Broome’s most prominent attractions, with sparkling, blue waters and miles upon miles of pure white sand giving the appearance that you are the first person to visit this amazing place. The swimming beaches are safe with plenty of water sports on offer, but caution is required between November and March during stinger season. This is the perfect place to watch the sunset as it is often referred to as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. There are even sunset camel rides that offer a once in a lifetime experience.

Another treasure is the local pearls grown in many of the pearl farms around Broome. The waters are so clear and pure here that the pearls are larger than in most other regions, and are available in many of the shops in Chinatown. They are perfect for a gift or keepsake to remember your stay in Broome. Truly a treasure that you can cherish forever.

For those of you who are hoping to catch a few good fish, you have come to the right spot. There are a large number of well known spots to catch some coveted barramundi, one of the best being the Dampier Archipelago, which is located just off the Pilbara Coast. It is just as easy to throw out a line anywhere along the Broome coast and enjoy the chance to relax, while surrounded by incredible scenery. Where else would you want to be?

If you have arrived between March to October, you will experience the fascinating ‘Staircase to the Moon’, which is an illusion of a silver staircase reaching to the moon over the mudflats. Ask any local and they will show you the best places to enjoy this phenomenon. Make sure you bring your camera because this is something you will want to remember forever.

The Bungle Bungle Range is located in the Kimberley in Purnululu National Park, and is the home of some unusual black and orange striped domes that dominate the landscape. You can either take a tour or, if driving yourself, check which tracks are suitable for your vehicle 4WD tracks are most common here.

It is worth the journey to discover the rock pools, gorges and fan palms hidden beneath the range. Truly an oasis in the desert. There are limited camping facilities available at Walardi or Kurrajong Campsites so be sure to get in early.

South from Broome is the picture perfect Pilbara region. This beautiful area is famous for its red earth and rocky landscapes dominating the Karijini National Park. As the second largest park in Western Australia, this is definitely worth the visit to see the gorges, waterfalls and to enjoy the amazing walking trails. There are plenty of picnic areas and campsites, with the Karijiji Visitor Centre popular with tourists to learn more about the area.

The Rudall River National Park is another one of Western Australia’s most attractive assets, and is worth the journey to experience this jewel of the west. Choose to journey for a day from Broome or venture out on a camping expedition to experience more of the park close up. The hiking here is incredible, with waterfalls, waterholes and breathtaking camping under the stars.

Broome is a hidden treasure just itching to be discovered. Its remoteness adds to its natural beauty, with its long, white beaches and vast national parks giving it an international appeal. The long journey along the coastal road from Perth is just as pleasant as the destination, but however you get there, you will never forget your experience.

Christine Barton

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