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OUT AND ABOUT
Holidays are meant for lazing about with a glass
of rum and Coke in hand, but it's worthwhile
taking a break from the luxury and being a
tourist for the day, if for no other reason than
making the horizontal feel all the more appealing.
If you haven't yet seen some of the tourist
attractions in the region, you really should check
them out at least once.
• Check out the dinosaur footprints preserved in
rock at Gantheaume Point. They're incredible.
You can see the 130 million-year-old tracks
from the reef at very low tide or check out the
plaster cast at the top of the cliff. This one's
made doubly exciting if you head over by
• For a touch of local history and culture, take
a walk through Minyirr Park. The beautiful
coastal site is steeped in Aboriginal tradition,
with three major song titles connecting the
land. If you want to learn more about the
country from an Indigenous perspective, there's
also the option of joining a tour with the first
• Of course, you can’t go to Broome without
traversing the handsome Cable Beach by camel
-- it's practically a rite of passage. And with Red
Sun Camels, you can enjoy a safe and scenic
camel ride any day of the week. Up to 32 riders
can join the train, making it a great activity to
do in groups. Plus the camels are really sweet
and loveable so you'll have a friend for life.
For bookings call (08) 9193 7423.
• If you want to really soak up the colours of
Broome, then take a stroll through Chinatown.
It'll send you into a time warp. Once a bustling
mix of Japanese geisha homes, gambling dens and
pearl sheds, the strip pays homage to the town's
old-world charm. Although most of the original
corrugated iron huts still stand, they've all taken
on new lives as shops, bars, hotels and eateries.
• Cinema lovers and sentimental types will fnd
a fairytale ending in a trip to Sun Pictures, the
world's oldest operating outdoor picture garden.
Built in 1916, the quaint Heritage Listed and
Guinness World Record-winning building has
endured the ravages of war, cyclones and king
tides. Plus, it still screens the latest in cinema
under sparkling Kimberley skies.
• And fnally, whether you’re a lover of airborne
animals or not, it's worth heading out to the
Broome Bird Observatory, where you can
watch tens of thousands of migratory birds fly
over from Siberia between April and September.
More than 300 species make an appearance,
and you can spot them on bushwalks through
the area. Happy stalking!
REEL HISTORY: No visit to Broome is complete without
visiting the historic open-air Sun Pictures in Chinatown,
which has been operating since 1916, or the 130
million-year-old dinosaur tracks preserved in stone at
Gantheaume Point (bottom picture).
TOURIST FOR A DAY
TASTE OF THE TROPICS: Looking out over Roebuck Bay from the
Broome Bird Observatory. Images this page courtesy Tourism WA.
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