Monday 25th May 2015, warm 31 degrees
There’s no need to rush now, we’re on Broome time. We have lunch in Chinatown (this whole town smells of Asian food) then meet the Ollies for drinks under the red lanterns and whirling ceiling fans of the Roebuck Bay Hotel, the respectable part that is. The original hotel building to our left looks a little scruffy and willing and I doubt the regulars would appreciate a couple of grey nomad broads from the city on their turf. Good luck to ‘em they’re enjoying themselves and we don’t want to spoil it.
When we notice that the Sun Picture Garden has a screening tonight we race back into town to catch the 6:15 session. And what a show it is. Living history. The building is a three sided iron shed some of the canvas deck chair seating is under cover and some spills out into the open air. Palms and gardens line the fences and the screen is at the end of the garden. The toilets are located one on each side of the screen, so everyone knows when someone has to go. Before the movie starts people shuffle across the worn and patched floorboards clutching cushions, pillows and blankets. Woody has a theory that we can judge the price of their accommodation by the quality of the cushions that they’ve brought. They certainly don’t need blankets as it is a warm balmy night. There we sit tilted back sipping lemonade staring at the screen as the stars and moon shine down. The movie? The Second Best Marigold Hotel. The verdict? A good laugh and I couldn’t think of a better place to watch it. The surprise? Because the airport is in the heart of town the theatre is right under the flight path and the planes are so low that we can see the rivets in the undercarriage. I’d love to be here when a war movie is screening!
As we return to our park we are greeted by a mob of small wallabies. That answers our question as to who has been leaving small deposits outside our van each night.
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7 thoughts on “Go West, Day 80 – Broome”
Our first visit to Broome was notable for being stuck in a leaking on-site van for days of torrential rain, one May. We were not impressed with the place! But just loved it on later visits. Back in 2001 a book called Broometime was published – very interesting read, if you can get it: Anne Coombs and Susan Varga spent a year living there and wrote about the Broome they experienced.
It really is a wonderful, crazy, colourful town. Thanks for the tip I’ll look for it.
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The theatre certainly has atmosphere, we watched “Red Dog” there and thought that was ideal for the place.
Mention of Chinatown always takes me back to our Soho years in the 1970s
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The Sun Theatre is fantastic isnt it! Very different to Hoyts Frankston, in so many ways!!
Ha ha, it is something everyone should experience.