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OPEN THE OYSTER
There's one quintessential Broome experience
that warrants mention of its own, and that's
touring a pearl farm. You've got to do it.
The town is renowned for its pearling history,
and with Australia's oldest operation
now open to the public, you can see for
yourself just how far the industry has
come since its 1946 beginnings.
Cygnet Bay Pearls is a family-run
business situated on the tip of the
Dampier Peninsula about 200km
north of Broome.
The stunning boutique pearl farm
offers both one-hour and half-day
tours, taking you through the process
of culturing pearls, the history of the
Brown family and the day-to-day life of
a pearl farmer.
You can even hand pick your
own Cygneture Pearl from a range of
harvested beauties and visit the old
pearlers graves that overlooks the majestic King
Getting there from Broome is made fun,
scenic and easy thanks to Chomley's Tours, who
do day trips up to Cygnet Bay with stops at the
former mission Beagle Bay to view the Sacred
Heart Church (famous for its Pearl Shell altar),
two other Aboriginal communities and the
pristine beaches of Cape Leveque.
Although activities vary, the tours generally
include snorkelling, shore fishing, Indigenous
guided walks, and four-wheel driving.
The guys even put on morning tea, lunch and
afternoon tea, and do courtesy pick-ups from
your place of stay. So kind!
Call (08) 9192 6195 for more information on
Chomley's Tours, and (08) 9192 4283 regarding
Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm.
LUSTRE FOR LIFE: Who can resist
the allure of the pearl?
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