Go West, Day 81 – Broome

Day 81

Tuesday 26th May 2015, 31 degrees, not sticky


I only wish that I could photograph every old building in this town as they are so interesting. 

Town Beach is small with a nice park and the tiny Pioneer Cemetery. This is the last resting place of some of the early pearlers and traders of this colourful town. This is also where one can watch the Staircase to the Moon phenomenon.

Short Street Gallery, note the roof vent to catch the breeze

Seeing that we had the car checked over in Perth, I drop into the local doctor for my own checkup, oldies must be mindful of these things. So why is she putting that in the blog you say? Well it was fascinating. I fill out the form and it asks for my ethnicity. I think, well that’s unusual they normally only need to know whether one is Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or Other (like me). I give it a bit of thought then squeeze Anglo Saxon into the small space and hope that it is sufficient. Which leaves me thinking that the folks around here are a pretty mixed mob, so how on earth do you fit in Aboriginal, Anglo, Malay, Chinese and maybe a bit of something else? On top of that in Melbourne we have 130 different countries of origin all happily intermingled. Yes, the line on the form should have stretched right across the page. Then the doctor calls me in and asks how much I drink. I reply “a wine or two with dinner” she says “glasses or bottles?” And then goes on to explain that one mustn’t assume up here. I guess it’s the heat. She then tells me that she is from down south in Albany. I wonder if that counts as being Albanian?

Town Beach, Broome, WA
Pearlers grave, Broome, WA

We grab the Ollies and all jump into the Jeep with a few refreshments and head on down to Cable Beach to watch the sunset. It appears that the no drinking in public spaces rule is sort of waived here and no wonder, the park is packed with Easterners waiting to toast the sunset. There is a constant procession of cars driving onto the beach and up to the northern end to watch the camels do their thing. The Sunset Bar behind us is packed to the rafters and the place takes on the feel of an Asian beach resort, except that this beach is a ripper. M & C join us and we all declare that although the sunset is lovely we’ve been lucky enough to see many better ones coming up the coast.

Accom: $41.58

Travelling Kms: 0

Broome sunset

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