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It's the stuff of dreams; warm, crystal-clear
waters; heart-stopping sunsets; and more
recently, an abundance of luxurious
accommodation, but remember you're only a
day trip away from some of the most unique and
beautiful attractions in Australia -- any time of year.
EXPERIENCING THE WET
Don't fret about the Wet; there are just as many
snags to get you hooked on Broome during the
rainy months as there are in the Dry.
You've got smaller crowds, which makes it
easier to book accommodation and restaurants;
balmy evenings complete with spectacular
lightning shows; and full, flowing gorges and
waterfalls for out-of-this-world sightseeing.
"The whole region comes alive during the Wet,"
says Clare Carson from Australia's North West. "Just
watching the magnificent thunderstorms roll in over
the coast makes it worthwhile. And it's quieter too
for those who like to get away and feel secluded."
The Wet season stretches from November to
April, with daytime temperatures in the mid 30s
and overnight temperatures in the mid 20s. The rain
doesn't fall constantly -- it comes down in heavy,
short spurts that might only last a half-hour or so,
usually in the afternoon and evenings.
Travel around the Kimberley is more problematic
because some roads shut due to flooding (Gibb
River Road in particular), so planning ahead is a
must. There are also stingers in the water, which
is a bummer because you won't be able to swim
at Cable Beach, but if you book accommodation
with a pool you'll be fine.
While you might not have the persistently
blue skies of the Dry, you will have a lightning
extravaganza in the evening. Plus the sunsets are
all the more dazzling because of the cloud build-
up and brewing thunderstorms.
Just don't forget the camera!
When it comes to luxurious, one-of-a-kind holiday destinations,
they don't get much better than Broome. On your next visit,
take a break from the horizontal and take in some of Broome's
rich history, amazing art, quirky style and colourful crustaceans.
TE X T: Nathan Scolaro
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