The last stop on my Kimberley holiday is three delightful nights at Cable Beach Club Resort located six kilometres from the township of Broome. The award-winning resort overlooks the iconic Cable Beach, a 23km stretch of beautiful white sand and sparkling turquoise waters curving away to the sunset – next stop Madagascar.
Set against the backdrop of the Kimberley outback, the resort is styled to reflect the Asian and colonial cultures which shape the identity of Broome. The sunsets from Cable Beach are just stunning and the Sunset Bar is certainly the perfect place to embrace the view whilst enjoying a drink. Cable Beach is synonymous with camels and an evening ride along the sand.
At the tip of Cable Beach is the unique location of Gantheaume Point. Keen photographers will love the views from the cliffs and budding palaeontologists will be excited by the dinosaur footprint casts. There are also walking trails that lead through the red dunes of Minyirr Park, a spiritual place for the Yawuru people.
Broome clings to a narrow strip of pindan (red-soil country) on the Kimberley’s far-western edge, at the base of the pristine Dampier Peninsula. Surrounded by the aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean, the creeks, mangroves and mudflats of Roebuck Bay, this Yawuru Country is 2000km from the nearest capital city.
The exotic pearling town has left a rich history and a unique multi-cultural mix of people. Gazetted in 1883, Broome was little more than a shanty town of sand hill camps and a small jumble of shacks housing businesses servicing the pearl luggers and their crew.
Roebuck Bay has many visitor attractions, including the town of Broome and Town Beach. The colours created by the worlds’ second largest tides are astounding at both high and low. When the tide is low the turquoise waters disappear to reveal a horizon of mud flats.
Broome is home to the world’s oldest outdoor cinema which opened in 1916 and has survived the ravages of war, cyclones and king tides. Along with the many movies it has screened, it has its own intriguing stories to tell and still retains the charming nostalgic feel. Sitting on a deck chair under the stars is a brilliant experience in itself – regardless of the movie!
Chinatown is a reminder of Broome’s multicultural history. Once a heaving hub of pearl sheds, bawdy billiard saloons and opium dens. There is plenty of colourful history here also.
The pristine waters, wide empty beaches, abundant wildlife, tropical climate and breathtaking colours attract thousands of visitors each year. It is easy to be captivated by laidback Broome!