BROOME, there’s no other place quite like it.
The minute you walk off the plane you automatically slip into “Broome time” and all your troubles are simply washed away and try as you might but it’s hard to not chill Broome-style.
Whether it’s a holiday with the family, friends or your loved one – there is something for everyone to enjoy in this town famous for its pearls, beaches and gorgeous sunsets.
May, June, July and even August are the dry and mostly busy months in this beautiful, tropical destination that is often referred to as the southern gateway to the Kimberley and while it is just over 2000kms north of Perth it’s hard to believe you’re in the same state, let alone country.
Leaving the rainy cold memories of Perth behind and ready to soak up the sunshine I visited Broome in July for a much-needed girl’s getaway.
On the agenda nothing but poolside cocktails, good food and great great company – all of which was enjoyed in spades.
Checking into the gorgeous Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa we were treated to a welcome glass of bubbles and then to our room – the Pool View Studio located in the two-storey wings overlooking the adults-only ocean pool.
Tranquil and glorious, it is the perfect place to spend the next few days.
There’s plenty of dining options at the resort including the Sunset Bar and Grill, Club Restaurant and Thai Pearl, so whether it’s Italian you’re after a burger or some Thai you can get it all without ever having to leave this home away from home.
We dined daily at the Sunset Bar and Grill, indulging in the sumptuous buffet breakfast and sipping Mango Mojitos while watching the most amazing sunset you ever did see.
But as the name implies the menu also includes steak, lamb, chicken, salmon, garlic prawns and fresh barramundi.
Another place to try is Matso’s Broome Brewery and Restaurant and you cannot leave without trying their famous Ginger Beer or my favourite Mango Cider – so yummy.
As for food if you’re looking for something light but delicious their Grilled Haloumi Salad ($18) with marinated lentils, baby spinach, red onion, Alfalfa sprouts and citrus vinaigrette is on the money.
If it’s something a little hearty you’re after there’s some good pub grub on offer too, including the steak sandwich, bangers and mash and fish and chips.
Matso’s also serve curry from their very own Curry Hut Friday to Tuesday from 6pm.
Back at the beach you can’t go past the three Z’s – Zanders, The Zeebar and The Zoo Bar and Cafe.
Overlooking beautiful Cable Beach at Zanders you can enjoy a seafood platter, fish and chips and yes yet again, the yummiest Mango Mojito in Broome.
Down the road you can enjoy a beer at Diver’s Tavern then walk around the corner to The Zoo Bar and Cafe for something light or go next door to the Zeebar for more cocktails and tapas in the most laid-back atmosphere.
If it’s Italian fare you’re after, don’t worry Broome does that too and we visited the most rustic Italian restaurant in Cafe D’Amore.
Set among tropical gardens this little gems serves up homemade pastas and wood-fired pizza along with a delicious wine list and trust me it does not get much better than this.
Beautiful, warm and relaxing there is no better place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life than this tropical oasis called Broome.
Now to plan my next visit.
- Cinema: Said to be the oldest picture garden, Sun PIcture Garden was established in 1916. Catch a movie under the stars while watching your favourite blockbuster.
- Party boat: Single and ready to mingle than book a cruise on the “party boat” the Karma IV. This 74 foot long and 33 foot wide sailing catamaran runs a variety of half day and full day coastal cruises including their famous “Sunday Sesh”.
- Willie Creek Pearl Farm tour: Take a tour with knowledgeable guides as they reveal the process of the modern cultured pearling industry. You will get to see everything from the seeding to the harvesting and grading of a pearl to the final product in the showroom.
- Ride a camel: The Red Sun Camels takes visitors on a breathtaking tour along Cable Beach three times a day – morning, afternoon and at sunset. There is no better way to watch the sun come down on this iconic beach than on one of these.
Visit The Malcolm Douglas Wilderness Park: Set amongst large Kimberley lakes this park has some of the largest crocodiles in Australia. It’s also home to many species of Australiana including Dingoes, Cassowaries as well as five species of Crocodiles and Alligators.
I’ll leave you with some of my most favourite Broome moments but in the meantime if you have Broome story you’d like to share I’d love to hear what you think about this northern gem. Until next time, happy travelling Bel xxx