Wednesday, September 13, 2017

DAY 69 – BROOME…. HERE WE COME


We needed to notify the tour company of where we would be staying in Broome so they could organise transport to pick us up for our Horizontal Falls tour in the morning, so we had rung ahead and booked a couple of sites at the Roebuck Bay Caravan Park, the previous day.  

This has taken the pressure off of us to be somewhere early.  In the end it was about 8.15am before we finally got away.  

We had only planned on one stop today on route to Broome and that was at the Willare Roadhouse, and it wasn’t to get fuel.  It was way too expensive there.   We had been hearing from people from as far back as Kununurra about the quality of the meat from there and how it is really tender and good.  Most were saying they wished they had bought more.  We ended up buying two whole rib fillets.  Lets hope they are as good as everyone has said they are….
Views from our caravan at Roebuck Bay Caravan Park in Broome
Views from our caravan park
Just across from our caravan site in Roebuck Bay - Broome WA
Flowers growing on our site
 We arrived in Broome somewhere around 11.30am and booked into the park.  What a great spot.  The park is old and a little tired, but the location is excellent and the views from our awning are amazing.  We look straight out over the water and it is the loveliest shade of aqua.  So inviting….

Steve is in seventh heaven.  He can walk straight out from the van down onto the beach and fish to his hearts content.

Once we were all set up,  Steve took off to go find a fitting to try and fix our tap in the van, whilst Ian, Kathy and I went for a drive around Broome to get our bearings and then headed off to do a grocery shop to stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables.
Views from Town Beach -Broome
Town Beach in Broome WA
Views looking towards Cable Beach from Gantheaumpe Point


We even happened to be there when the camels were just starting their big walk down onto the beach for the afternoon Camel rides

Camels heading to the beach for the sunset rides
 We came home and packed our groceries away and Steve still wasn’t back.  It was getting close to 5pm, so we decided to go for a drive down to Cable Beach to watch the sunset, and I ended up ringing Steve and telling him to meet us down there.
Cable Beach
Cable Beach in Broome
What a lovely atmosphere there is down here,  lots of little restaurants,  and the Chinese Dragon festival was on this weekend which meant there was a lot of art pieces scattered around the parkland and there was a couple of Opera singers performing as well.  
Celebrations at Cable Beach
Opera Singing in the park
 The sunset was stunning.  We had seen the camels heading down onto the beach earlier in the afternoon, but couldn’t see them on the beach now.  
 We have since found out that they wander up the other end of the beach, so we will have to come back and visit so we can get some photos of them on the beach tomorrow…
We did see them leave to go home though, so we saw them arrive today and also leave. Tomorrow we will come back and watch them walk along the beach....
The camels in the distance walking along the beach....
The camels leaving the beach and walking home..

 What a perfect way to end the day, and it wasn’t over yet.  There were “Staircase to the Moon” markets being held at Town Beach, so we wandered back there to check them out and be in the right spot for the “Staircase to the Moon”. 
Staircase to the Moon Markets at Town Beach Broome

 There were thousands down here to see this event.  Apparently they were all here last night as well, but the event was marred by cloud the previous night.  We got a birds eye view of the phenomena, and surprisingly it was over very quickly.  We did try to take some photos but they haven’t turned out the best.  We really should have had our big tripod here to get some decent shots.

We picked up some take away from the markets and headed back to our van around 8.30pm for dinner,  packed the meat we had bought earlier and then headed to bed as Steve had to be up at 4.50am in the morning to get ready for their trip out to the Horizontal Falls.  

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