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Great Escapes owner-operator Chris Tucker is
celebrating the company’s 10th anniversary – here,
he shares some of his favourite things to do in and around Broome.
“Outdoor activities are so close to home and unspoilt – they include
fishing, camping and mud-crabbing, and diving, especially at Rowley
Shoals. Otherwise, there are hundreds of spots close to home to go boating.
The Rowley Shoals is a marine park, so it’s a pristine diving location. In
areas closer to Broome, I love to go free diving and spear fishing. There’s
such a variety of awesome ‘dinner plate’ species that any fishing is great
fishing in the North West. Broome is a great coastal town, but I also really
like how close we are to the rest of the Kimberley region. You can take a
road trip and discover some of the region’s gorges or hop on a boat and
explore the region’s wonderful coast and creeks. I enjoy the colourful,
multicultural community that is Broome. There are great food choices:
Japanese, Asian, Thai, Italian. There’s also such diversity, in particular, the
talented artists that we have for a small community. I love the Kimberley
for the amazing array of opportunities and activities on offer. The region is
in its infancy in so many ways that there’s a lot of entrepreneurial spirit that’s
great to see. Even though the town of Broome can get very busy, especially
in the dry season, you still don’t have to go too far to find hundreds of
spots to visit or camp where you feel like the only people on earth.”
ChrIS TUCker |
Diving to dining
Heli-fishing is the ultimate. An
expert guide sets you down at an
isolated destination typically out of
the range of mere mortals on the
ground, but according to the
conditions of the day and season.
Most trips range between Broome
and Cape Leveque, with about 60
minutes of flying time, stopping on
the edge of un-named tidal inlets
and beaches to catch barramundi
and salmon. The cost with Broome
Helicopter Service for its most
popular fishing tour ‘Caught in a
Barrel’, which is a day’s tour
fishing at a remote beach, is $750
per person. Another is the longer
heli-fishing trip to Freshwater
Cove, a 1.45hr flight past Walcott
Inlet near Montgomery Reef. You’ll
land on the beach in front of Peter
Tucker’s Freshwater Cove Fishing
Camp, which is only accessed by
air. Expect to catch mulloway,
barracuda, shark and, of course,
barramundi. It’s a charter flight
and costs vary depending on how
long you wish to stay and how
many people are in your party.
For a great 2hr helicopter flight,
take a tour up to the Buccaneer
Archipelago (right) with a stop at
Cape Leveque for lunch, which is a
dining experience provided by your
tour operator. Fly over coastal tidal
inlets and over pristine un-named
beaches where you can land at
whim for a swim. This costs
$950 per person, including lunch.
Another great heli daytrip is out
to the Edgar Ranges (there’s also
an overnight safari option). You
can’t get to these ranges any other
way than helicopter and, Australia’s
version of the Grand Canyon, it’s
still relatively untouched by tourists,
and the landscape is extraordinary.
Safe billabongs and waterholes to
swim in dot the area, which is ripe
for exploring and walking, plus
you can search for Aboriginal rock
paintings. To get there takes about
1.5hr, and costs range from $900
per person (no discounts for kids).
The overnight costs vary and you
usually stay at Mowla Bluff.
However, if the weather doesn’t
suit on the day, your guide will
find a spot that’s good for the night
and provide swags or tents and
food as required!
While it’s amazing on the ground, it’s awesome from the air –
the wheres and whys of taking a flight over the Kimberley.
Bigge Island: great for
boating and swimming.
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