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Lazy Days in Broome

Broome has long been our winter escape from the cold and wet days in Perth. After a three hour flight, we can be enjoying lazy days in Broome….lying on the beach, swimming in the clear blue water and, with champagne in hand, watching brilliant sunsets from the beach.

Having spent the last couple of winters in Europe, we have missed our visits to Broome so it was fabulous to be back there again.

We were very lazy this time choosing to spend our time relaxing, instead of keeping busy in Broome seeing all there is to see and do.

Cable Beach

Our days started with a walk along Cable Beach. At this time of the morning, the tide is out and Cable Beach is looking magnificent. The patterns in the sand left by the retreating waters, glisten.  You are often alone, free to take in this wonderful sight.

 

Lazy days in Broome

 

After a leisurely breakfast at one of the town’s many cafes, it’s back to the beach!
Thanks heavens for the umbrellas and chairs available for hire !

Lazy days in Broome

 

Don’t be tempted to lie too close to the water as, by lunch time, the tide will be in and the beach reduced to a quarter of its size.

beach at high tide

 

Lazy days in Broome

 

Mud Crabbing

One of the highlights of this visit was a day spent mud crabbing.

Mud crabs are found in the tidal flats of rivers and the creeks that flow into them. Broome’s varying tides meant that we had to time the operation perfectly….be ready to enter the river on the rising tide and to leave before the tide disappears back to the sea and we are left stranded on the river bottom!

Lazy days in Broome

 

Lazy days in Broome

 

There’s a limit on how many nets you can use, the number of crabs you can catch and the minimum size of the crabs. We only needed a couple of hours to catch our quota!

 

Lazy days in Broome

 

Then come the fun of cooking, cleaning and finally eating them!

Mud crabs are full of succulent juicy crab meat. Nothing else is required…maybe fresh bread for a sandwich, a few sauces but as with anything this fresh…it is best left unadulterated so the taste is not compromised. A true feast!

Lazy days in Broome

 

The Broome Cup is a highlight on Broome’s racing calendar. We were a week early for the big race but racing had started in earnest and we spent an entertaining day at the races cheering on our friends horses and drowning our sorrows with them when they weren’t first past the post!

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A well earned swim for the horses!

Lazy days in Broome

 

Broome Sunsets

As the sun set, we would head to Cable Beach or Gantheaume Point.
To sit on the beach, a glass of champagne in hand and watch the sun slowly disappear is one of life’s pleasures.

Lazy days in Broome

 

Lazy days in Broome

 

Cable Beach is still my favourite place to be for sunset.

Broome’s famous camels start their walk up the beach well before sunset….

 

Lazy days in Broome

 

…..returning to create that iconic Broome sunset photo.

 

Lazy days in Broome

 

Broome sunsets really are the best in Australia!

Lazy days in Broome

 

Lazy days in Broome

 

Have you been to Broome? Where have you seen your favourite sunset?

 

Other Broome posts you may enjoy:
Keeping Busy in Broome
Broome’s Hidden Flying Boats
The Oldest Outdoor Theatre n the World
Celebrating the Shinju Matsuri Festival in Broome

 

 

 

 

 

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20 Responses to Lazy Days in Broome

  1. Red Nomad OZ September 6, 2015 at 6:54 pm #

    I LOVE Broome – the natural attractions are so amazing and unlike anything else in OZ. My all-time favourite sunsets were on Lord Howe Island, but the sunsets over the highest tide in the Southern Hemisphere at Derby WA came a close second 😀

    • Jenny Freedman September 28, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

      I’m not surprised Broome is your sort of town. The landscape is exceptional. Derby is pretty close to Broome so I’ll accept that one!! It sounds as though Lord Howe island is a pace I must visit.

  2. budget jan September 7, 2015 at 11:17 am #

    I have been to Broome but not for ages. I have a gorgeous photo of a sunset taken in Gloucester Bay in Queensland. Being on a point we could look back across the water to the setting sun and Marty took a series of photos with the sun behind a sailing boat. It was our screen saver for many years. 🙂 I find clouds add interest to a sunset but your Broome Sunset is gorgeous with no clouds! Do you rent a car when you are in Broome?

    • Jenny Freedman September 28, 2015 at 1:32 pm #

      I love clouds in sunset photos too Jan. Some of the best sunsets I’ve seen from Rottnest have all involved a cloudy sky. We don’t usually hire a car as we stay with friends but if we were not to stay with them, I’d definitely hire a car. There is so much to see in the area that you will definitely need one.

  3. Suzanne - Travelbunny September 7, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

    Those crabs look tasty – and how rewarding to have caught them yourselves. The sunsets look incredible – I do hope to visit Australia one day…

    • Jenny Freedman September 28, 2015 at 1:27 pm #

      The crab was tasty Suzanne….so much meat and so delicious! Broome sunsets are renown. For me they are amongst the best in the world. I do hope you visit us one day

  4. Rhonda Albom September 7, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

    I have never been to Broome, nor had I thought about it as a destination before visiting this post. Those long, empty, tropical, white sand beaches are really calling to me. And the winter weather, looks perfect. It has me planning for next year already.

    • Jenny Freedman September 28, 2015 at 1:34 pm #

      It is a great winter escape Rhonda. It’s really the only time to go as summer is super hot, wet and you can often get cyclones! Come and visit us!!

  5. Lyn (aka) The Travelling Lindfields September 7, 2015 at 5:43 pm #

    We once spent five hours in the emergency department of Broome Hospital after one of our sons was attacked by a stinger. He was only in the water for five minutes and in theory it wasn’t the stinger season. To be fair I think he was just unlucky. Apart from that we loved the place.

    • Jenny Freedman September 28, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

      That’s not a good story Lyn! Glad you love Broome inspite of this!

  6. Jackie Smith September 7, 2015 at 10:56 pm #

    And here I was excited over seeing camels in Jordan — I could have seen them in Australia and didn’t go to the right place. Loved the beach shots and Broome was unknown to me until this post — now it is on the ‘future’s list’!

    • Jenny Freedman September 28, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

      It’s interesting that you hadn’t heard of Broome! The West Australia Tourism Board needs to improve its promotion of the state! Broome is the gateway to one of the most fascinating areas of Australia…the Kimberleys. You’ll have to visit us Jackie..and ride the camels at sunset!

  7. noel September 7, 2015 at 11:51 pm #

    Oh yes please, I definitely could go for the crabbing and then feasting on that yummy, sweet flesh with lots of butter!

    • Jenny Freedman September 28, 2015 at 1:42 pm #

      A meal fit or a king Noel! I can’t tell you how delicious it is!

  8. Betsy Wuebker | PassingThru September 8, 2015 at 3:32 am #

    When we were in Darwin earlier this year, Pete became very intrigued with Broome and wanted to visit. We were disappointed that we couldn’t and your photos show we really missed a great opportunity! Back on the list it goes!

    • Jenny Freedman September 28, 2015 at 1:44 pm #

      You were so close Betsy, it’s a shame you didn’t visit. You’ll definitely have to come back!

  9. Jo September 8, 2015 at 1:27 pm #

    I’ve been to Broome twice and your beautiful photos brought back happy memories. Oh the surreal blue of that sea, and the intense orange of the sunsets and earth. Everyone should have the chance to visit once in their lives I reckon 😉

    • Jenny Freedman September 28, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

      I’m pleased to have been able to bring back some Broome memories for you Jo. The colours are so intense and so iconic here that they are hard to forget. The sunsets are amongst the best in the world!

  10. Anne September 29, 2015 at 8:06 pm #

    Broome is a beautiful spot and them mud crabs look delish!

    • Jenny Freedman September 29, 2015 at 9:42 pm #

      The mud crabs were soooo delicious Anne! yes, Broome is a great place to visit…especially when you can escape our Winter!

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