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Broome Time:)

Posted by lewisfamilyexploringoz on June 19, 2010

Hi Everyone,

Well we have spent a lovely week in Broome this week.  We chilled for a few days, took in numerous sunsets (just can’t get sick of the sunsets!:)) and did more touristy things.

We got back from Middle Lagoon on sat arvo and found out that Shrek 4 was playing at the Sun Pictures.  We wanted to take the kids to the outdoor cinema anyway and what better movie to see all together than our trade mark SHREK 4. It was only on Fri, Sat and Sun so Sat night was as good as any.  Great family movie and kids loved the outdoor cinema.  They don’t do wood fired pizzas anymore at the cinema so we had a quick meal at the cafe at the edge of the caravan park (nice cafe meals) before we left.

We went to Chinatown and looked through the shops and stopped at the old fashioned ice-creamery. Mmm yummy.  Kids kept wanting to go back to Chinatown, everyday, can’t imagine why:).  Looked through the Pearling Museum in town, some nice displays of pearling ships and gear used in the industry.  Joel showed the kids a little of what happened on the pearling luggers as he did a stint working on them in his youth – yep long time ago!

Pearling Lugger at Pearling Museum

Joel, Wade and Daniel measuring footprints

Daniel and Wade Dinosaur prints

We had checked the tide times and decided that Wednesday was the best day to go to Gantheaume Point at 7.05am so we could see the Dinosaur footprint fossils in the rocks.  We got up at 6.30am – yes i did manage to get up at that hour – (anyone who knows me well, knows i don’t do mornings very well, (I’m sure I’m part owl) but i did get up and off we went.  As we got out of the car and started walking down to the rocks, Wade looks at me and says “Mum, did you know you still have your PJ bottoms on?” Mmm, not much i could do but keep on going – they are blue with cartoons on them, so not really shorts but hey not much i could do about it by then.  We went to look at Anastasia’s Pool, one of the Lighthouse Keeper’s Wives had bad arthritis and he used to carry her to this particular pool so she could bathe as she couldn’t get down to the water. We kept on with the other tourists and found the dinosaur prints in the rocks. Took the obligatory photos and then the boys decided to take the path less travelled back up the rocks, rather than the path.  The kids won the battle of the breakfast and Maccas is was.  We needed some energy as we were going to the Wilderness Park at 1030am.

We had wanted to go and see the Crocodile Farm in Broome but found out there was a Wilderness Park as well, so we opted to go to the Malcolm Douglas Wilderness Park and see not just crocs but all sort of different animals and birds.  Rick was the man of the day and took us on a tour of the Park, explaining all sorts of different facts about the crocs, snakes, kangaroos, dingoes, cassowary birds (pretty looking but i wouldn’t get too close!), owls and other creatures.  Wade had found heaven and we stayed there after the tour and went to look at all the other animals.  It’s a huge park with lots of shady trees and bamboo and lots of australian animals.  At the beginning of the tour, Rick held a black-headed python and walked around for us all to feel the snake (Yep Nicole i can hear you from here:)).  Daniel was a little apprehensive but we managed to get him to have a touch at least and it felt very muscular!  They also had a hatchling crocodile, mouth bound with a hair tie, and everyone could have a turn to hold it and have a photo with it.  Wade’s favourite animals were the dingoes, Dan’s and Joel’s were the crocs and mine were the big red kangaroos.  They just lazed around and they all seemed to lie with their front paws crossed like “Hey man, whatcha doin’?”  Did a pop quiz with the kids to see how much information they could recall from what Rick had been telling them and they remembered nearly all of it.  It’s amazing how when they are so engaged they remember everything nearly verbatim! On the way out of the park was a lily pond with the most beautiful flowers in bloom. The entrance is a big crocodile head which was another photo opportunity waiting to happen! A great day out for both the kids and us.

Daniel with hatchling crocodile

Wade with hatching crocodile

Rick the Guide with python

Alligator feeding

Wade and Dingoes

Red Kangaroo

Had an action packed day today and finished it off with a sunset camel ride.  Fantastic!  The guys and girls walk alongside the camels and take your camera and take photos of you as you ride along.  On the way back they take some with the sunset in the background as well.  They were such a friendly bunch of people and am so glad we went with them.  Oh and i even got a pair of fresh water pearl earrings as well, just for going on the ride.  It was quite magical and an absolute must do if you are in Broome!  That night we dined down on the foreshore at Zanders and watched the awesome colors in the sunset, just amazing.  Left my good camera in the car and the lights were changing so quickly so i grabbed my phone and took this one.  That’s actually a star in between the palm trees – awesome!

Sunset colours from Zanders

Sunset on camelback

Camel ride:4 of us

Joel and the boys gave me the second part of my birthday present – It was a 3 hour spoiling at the Bali Hai Spa across the road from the Caravan Park.  I found heaven…….a massage, separate feet, hand and head massage, sea salt scrub, mud scrub, and a facial that seemed to last forever!  I was thoroughly spoilt and loved it! I can understand why rich people do this regularly!:)

Went to the movies at the inside cinema on Friday, during the day and saw The A-Team.  I used to watch the tv series many, many years ago and the kids absolutely loved the film.  A real light-hearted adventure film with guns and things blowing up, the boys thought it was great.

Drove the following night down onto Cable Beach to try to get sunset shots without so many people in them.  We all played some beach cricket, with lots of drink breaks! and nibblies.  We waited till the sun had set and watched the rest of the colours fill the sky – absolutely beautiful!  We also managed to see Venus in the night sky, rather right on dusk, as a bright, shiny , reddish light through the haze of colour on the horizon.  I’m trying to get used to picking out the stars to show the kids when we’re on the Gibb River Rd next week.

Cable Beach Sunset

Cable beach sunset

Spent the last day or so swimming and packing up as we head out of lovely Broome today, making our way out to Fitzroy Crossing.  We bid farewell to our lovely neighbors Judy and Trevor.  Thanks for all the advice and cakes! If you are reading this guys, pop us an email and we’ll be sure to look you up when we get to Qld.

We are staying at the Fitzroy Lodge Caravan Park, which we have stayed at before, a couple of years ago when we went to Kununurra with Joel’s parents.  A really nice caravan park and very busy at the moment.  We could only get an unpowered site tonight, then onto a powered site tomorrow night while we prepare and pack the car for camping on the Gibb River Rd for 3 weeks.  We sat down and planned our meals for the next 3 weeks as there are limited places to buy supplies and you have to be fairly self-sufficient with water and food.  Shopped up big in Broome just before we left and have packed all the food stuffs into the shower cubicle in the van.  No showering in the van tonight, lucky we are at the caravan park!  Tomorrow we will be attempting to pack it all into and onto the car.  Should be an interesting challenge but on we are looking forward to. So after Monday, no more online until we finish and get back to Fitzroy Crossing in 3 weeks time.  Should be looking forward to the van and a soft bed by then i would reckon. Till then



One Response to “Broome Time:)”

  1. Phil @ Gail said

    Its going to be 3 deg tomorrow in Busso !!! Bit envious what with the sun,the warmth and stuff.
    Gibb River road should be fun.

    Cheers Phil

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