Sorry for the long delay in posting an update, however with little or no internet access at many places, and at those that did we were focussed upon the latest updates from Le Tour, thus the blog faded into the background. We’ve come a long way, and seen so much since our last post, I am doing the update in two issues – both from Exmouth, but covering different sections.
Broome! This iconic Aussie town is a very interesting place that is laid out totally differently than I had imagined. There is the old or historical commercial centre, known as China Town and full of souvenir and general shopping places (Shirl bought a new dress), and ‘Old Town’ containing the original houses. Then there is Cable Beach – some 7 km away and facing directly onto the ocean. This area is so much newer and very different that it is almost as if it is another town. Resorts, cafes, restaurants, more cafes, bars, cafes etc dominate all else. Then there is the beach which I’m sure everyone knows is one of our more famous (indeed, world famous) stretches of sand. Immediately in front of the ‘Resort’ section is the area used by those who seek to sunbake or to just look beautiful, whilst to the north lies the section (17 km) available for 4x4’s to go fishing, or to blast up and down and generally have fun. This section is also an official “Clothing Optional” beach, thus making it the World’s longest nude beach.
The very large tidal range creates the rare phenomenon of “Stairway to the Moon”. This only occurs when there is a spring low tide at night (approx 3 nights per month) and we were lucky to be there for this special event. Town Beach is the location, and on these special nights a total night of entertainment is organised with markets, plus defined parking and police patrols all in place. The crowd is very impressive – people travel to Broome specifically to see this bit of magic. I don’t think that I have seen such an array of tripod mounted photographic equipment with lens so large that they almost needed their own tripod. Result? Worth a good trip just to see it, even if it only lasts for 15 to 20 minutes. Sorry that we haven’t a photo, but the ones that we took just didn’t quite make the grade – try google.
Yes, in case you were wondering, Shirl wandered around the markets and left with 2 really different scarves – or should that be scarfes? Anyway, she left with a scarf in one hand, and another scarf in the other hand.
First stop (after we got to the bitumen section) was at Beagle Bay to see the Sacred Heart Church (google it). This was the church used in the somewhat recent movie ‘Bran Nue Dae’ starring Geoffrey Rush, and is just amazing with all the decoration being accomplished with pearl shell.
Not quite what you expect a pearl farm to look like
A metre long Barramundi - one of their female breeding stock.
Anyone who doesn't get gooey about feeding a turtle has lost their heart.
Red cliffs, white sand, blue water - about as good as it gets.
140 km of fisherfolk
The Port entry channel (you can't see the actual loading area)
Okay, I got the salt but who's got the pepper?