Australia has quite a few iconic beaches, and one of them is certainly Cable Beach, located in Broome, Western Australia. Broome is a tourist mecca, situated right at the western end of the Kimberley Region.
We decided on four days at Cable Beach Campground, to chill out and explore a few of the attractions that Broome has to offer. First though, we had to acclimatise! Being from Melbourne, late May weather is reasonably chilly. In Broome, though, we were encountering early-mid 30’s during the day, and lows of 22-24 degrees! This therefore meant that sleeping at night was fairly tough, and certainly lots of liquids consumed during the day!
Being in the Kimberley, we were very much aware that we were now in crocodile territory, so one of the main things we needed to do was familiarise ourselves and the kids of the dangers of crocs, and how to be ‘croc wise’. A great place to do this is at the Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park – which is more of a refuge for problem crocs, than an actual zoo. They are open from 2-5pm each day, with an hour long feeding tour at 3pm. This tour is very informative, educational and is strongly aimed at respecting the crocs, and their environment.
The park has an assortment of saltwater (the most dangerous and ferocious), freshwater (not as dangerous to humans, but still important to be cautious), and American Alligators (far smaller than their Aussie counterparts – described as the puppy dogs of the crocodile family!) on display. They also have a number of other local animals – dingoes, kangaroos, birds etc. When up in Broome, this is definitely a ‘must-see’, especially with kids in tow!
Staircase to the Moon
Once a month, between April and October, there is a spectacle that occurs in Broome that is pretty special. When the moon is full, and the tides are right, as night falls, the Stairway to the Moon appears. This is when the moon rises over the water, at low tide, and creates a magnificent reflection. The whole town appears to go into ‘festival-mode’ when this occurs, with a Night Market held at Town Beach for the three days of the full moon. We joined in with the fun atmosphere, taking the BBQ, chairs, and a few coldies down to the viewing point.
Once the moon has done its thing, the Night Market kicks into full swing, with circus performers, live bands, and plenty of food stalls and goodies to peruse. Chrissy and Jack managed to pick up a hat each, made of Kangaroo and Crocodile leather respectively, which they were stoked with!
Perhaps one of the most iconic photos that you will see when doing a search of Broome is that of the famous camel rides at sunset. No trip to Broome is complete without a ride! One of the days during our stay, we spent the full day down at Cable Beach. There, we swam, fished, and chilled out, soaking up the sun. We topped it off with an afternoon camel ride, and a sunset barby. We had a heap of fun on the Camel Tour, once the boys calmed down! They were initially totally freaked out, hating the falling sensation when the camels stood up. They eventually got into it though… just as it was time to head back in!
The rest of our time in Broome was divided between fishing, shopping, and a heap of swimming at the Caravan Park. The kids just cannot resist a dip in a pool whenever the opportunity arises! Oh, and also a tasty lunch at Matso’s Brewery!
– KR 🙂