Cable-beach

Why You Need To Escape To Relaxing Broome

Whether you’re looking for a holiday filled with new and exciting activities or you’d like some time to relax and enjoy a holiday that’s more laid-back, few settings offer more opportunities than Broome. Where else can you enjoy the startling landscapes and unspoiled beauty of the Outback, the beauty of pristine sandy beaches and the charm of a bustling seaside town steeped in the history of the pearl industry, all in one location?

Here’s just a glimpse of what Broome holidays can offer:

Ride the waves – and learn some history

Broome, WA

Source: yaruman5 on Flickr

Since the late 1800s, Broome has played a significant role in the world’s pearl industry, and one of the most exciting ways to experience that history is to take a tour on an authentic pearl lugger. The Intombi has been plying the waters off the Broome coast for more than a century, and today, it provides tourists with a little glimpse of the past. During your sail, snack on hors d’oeuvres or take a dip in the protection of the boat’s giant net.

Relax at Cable Beach

Broome, WA

Source: plesgardiner on Flickr

Named for the telegraph cable laid more than a century ago between Australia and Java, Cable Beach stretches along 22 kilometres and provides plenty of opportunity to swim, walk and just enjoy the stunning views. A system of natural hiking trails lets visitors explore the area and learn about the important role the sea played in the lives of the indigenous Yawuru people. And hey, if you find your bathing suit is becoming a little cumbersome, head to the northern end of the beach and join the nudists who’ve made the spot one of the most popular clothing-optional beaches in Australia.

Hop aboard a camel

Broome, WA

Source: CFreeman38 on Flickr

When you’re done swimming, hang around Cable Beach for a sunset camel ride. It’s truly one of the most memorable sunsets you’ll ever see. The camel rides are held every day (weather permitting), and their calm, measured gait makes them a good choice for anyone – even for those who may be shy of horseback riding.

Climb to the Moon

The beaches along Roebuck Bay offer more opportunities for swimming, and on nights when the moon is full, be sure to take the time to enjoy the phenomenon known as the Staircase to the Moon. The moonlight creates a ladderlike pattern that looks like stairs leading upward to the heavens. When the tide is low, market vendors set up shop and sell everything from local crafts to food and drink.

Look out for Whales

Just as Broome’s skies are a popular flyway for migratory bird species, its waters provide a popular spot to view migrating whales. You might get lucky and view a whale or two from the beach, but to get the best views, you have to go where the whales are. Taking a whale watching tour lets you get an up-close view of whales and other sea creatures. Be sure to bring along a camera and sunscreen as well as a jacket or jumper for sunset cruises.

Group and Self-drive Tours: Take Your Pick

To make the most of your holiday, taking a tour can be a low-pressure, stress-free way to kick back and relax and let someone else take charge of planning and scheduling. It’s also a good way to make sure you don’t miss out on unique experiences only available to tour groups.

But what if touring with a group isn’t for you? Self-drive tour packages let you enjoy the advantages of a professionally planned tour without the need to travel with a group. With a self-drive tour, you can take your time and schedule events to suit your style and your preferences for a truly customised experience.

Whether you choose a tour package or decide to explore the area on your own, one thing is certain: A holiday in Broome offers a range of experiences you won’t find anywhere else.

By Rosemary McGuigan, the owner of Best Of The Kimberley, an accredited travel agency in Broome Western Australia. Connect with Rosemary & the Best Of The Kimberley on Google+.

September 14, 2014

The Most Romantic Place in the World

Greece

We recently asked our readers to share with us their thoughts on the most romantic destinations in the world. From the Greek Islands, to your own backyard, here’s what you said…

Rhonda: “The visual splendour of Greece, it’s contrasting landscapes, treasures of the past, the incredible brightness of it’s light, the sculptured coasts and blue seas, it’s a uniquely romantic place to be.”

Diana: “The unimaginative say Paris; but I say Mt Druitt (NSW) because all it takes for romance is some imagination and ability to get down to it!”

Dawn: “Lying back on the perfect white sands of Cable Beach, Broome WA, watching the sun set with a glass of Champers and my honey beside me.”

Amanda: “My bedroom without my children!”

Vera: “Most romantic place in the world is at a place called Oia on the island of Santorini in the Greek Isles. The sunset to be viewed from this place is truly magnificent with the suns rays of red/orange/gold combinations falling on the azure waters of the Aegean.”

Theresa: “Well I think having dinner on Centrepoint Tower Restaurant and looking out on the window side to see Sydney city view at night with your partner is the most romantic place – right here in Sydney!”

Shari: “A little town called Cody in Wyoming in the USA. Cuddling up with your loved one in front of the fire in a log cabin, overlooking the mountains. The scenery is picturesque and the town very quaint.”

Renee: “Without question; the most romantic place in the world (that I have seen so far) is the Cinque Terre on the Mediterranian coast line of Italy. The Cinque Terre consists of 5 tiny villages built right above the sea. They are surrounded by large; rolling hills of olive groves and vineyards; as the villages make their own outstanding olive oils and wines. There are beautiful hiking tracks through the vineyards linking the villages with amazing views over the sea.”

Linda: “Noosa, Sunshine Coast, QLD. Beautiful restaurants, beautiful weather, great romantics strolls after dinner along the boardwalk.”

Liz: “Disneyland. I know that might sound funny, seeing it’s meant for kids, but it’s a place where a couple can just let their hair down and have fun. All the worries of their lives are left at the gates letting romance shine through!”

Tes: “The most romantic place in the world to me is VonaVona Lagoon in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands. It’s a beautiful stretch of turquiose waters dotted with lonely little islands, it makes you feel like you’re the only two people left on earth!”

Janine: “Paris toward the end of Summer. A balmy evening spent viewing the city from the top of the Eiffel Tower, followed by a long walk along the Champs-Elysee with the love of your life.”

Kristy: “The local RSL. (In Tuscany) :)”

Jennifer: “A winding road call Clara’s Vale in Ireland. The trees have grown over the road and its like driving through a tunnel. The sun filters through the leaves creating the most amazing colours. You feel as though you are the only person in the world when you are there.”

April 13, 2004