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.
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.
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 !
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
A well earned swim for the horses!
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.
Cable Beach is still my favourite place to be for sunset.
Broome’s famous camels start their walk up the beach well before sunset….
…..returning to create that iconic Broome sunset photo.
Broome sunsets really are the best in Australia!
Have you been to Broome? Where have you seen your favourite sunset?