Wednesday 3rd June 2015
I’m glad that we didn’t find the dinosaur footprints yesterday because finding them would have been a lot less fun than searching for them.
It is a day of lasts today. Last shopping before another long stretch, fill the car, mind you we’ve hardly used any fuel while we’ve been in Broome. Last looks around town and last swims in the cool pool.
We meet M and C at the RSL for drinks. This is the only RSL in Australia that has no walls. A lovely building it is like a large tropical pavilion with one huge tin roof and gardens under the overhang.
Mindful of the time we dash off to Town Beach to watch the Staircase to the Moon. We knew that the markets would be on here tonight but had no idea of what an event it would be. There is loads of food, art and musicians. There’s even a lady who carves your name on a grain of rice. I wonder why one would want such a thing and if you did you’d be pretty upset if it ended up in Friday night’s risotto, wouldn’t you? Hundreds of people have gathered in this colourful melee and the crowds are edging their way towards the point. We have no idea where the moon is going to pop up but do our best to secure a position. People have brought chairs and they are perched precariously above the (croc infested?) mud flats. Eventually there is a rose coloured glow in the sky and then the biggest orange moon rises above the sea and tidal flats and it is wondrous and much, much better than I’d ever imagined. Gradually everyone drifts back to the party and drummers are drumming and all of its colour and noise and lights and a smiling B and P in amongst the jolly jumble too.
Lamenting that we didn’t bring blankets and beer we go to the Roey (the iconic Roebuck Bay Hotel) for a farewell dinner. Farewell to M and C who are staying much longer and to Broome, vibrant, colourful, laid back Broome all we’d wished for and more.
Travelling Kms: 0
Note: Broome is not easy to get to. Flights are expensive, driving as we did takes time, a lot of time if you want to make the most of the journey. Yet Broome doesn’t disappoint. As vibrant as a tropical cocktail with a mix of cultures thrown together by an equally raucous history. The Staircase to the Moon, celebrated only on certain nights of the year epitomises Broome itself, nature and vibrance thrown together in a moment of fun.