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BY 4WD Head north to Cape
Leveque. Along the way, Coulomb
Point Nature Reserve is lush, so the
drive is scenic and takes about 1.5
hours to get to your first stop, Beagle
Bay Aboriginal community (here you
can branch off to drive to some of
the most secluded beaches in WA).
At Beagle Bay, you can visit a church
with an altar of mother-of-pearl.
There are some toilets here and in
some camping grounds along the
way, but some places charge to use
their facilities. If keen to fish, expect
to catch barramundi and snapper.
The area is protected, so abide by
the rules and don’t overfish. Drive
for another hour and you’ll reach
Cape Leveque, where you can stop
at multi-award-winning Kooljaman,
an Indigenous complex that’s just
opened a new hub. It includes
a tour desk, restaurant and art
gallery with an interpretive
cultural display. Closer to Broome,
38km north, a popular destination
is Willie Creek Pearl Farm, which
you can tour. NOTE If you’re hiring
a vehicle, it’s a good idea to let the
rental company know where
you’re planning to go, so they can
advise you about the type of
vehicle to hire - different-sized
4WD’s are restricted to different
roads. For example, you can’t take
a Suzuki Jimmy, Toyota Rav4 or
Jeep Wrangler to Cape Leveque or
on the Gibb River Road. You’ll need
something bigger like a Toyota
Landcruiser or Nissan Patrol.
Around town, a 2WD will get you
to most places. Head to Minyirr
Park, a site steeped in Indigenous
history. You can learn about the
native plants and animals, and
the bush medicines still in use.
Pre-booked, three-hour tours run
from Monday to Wednesday, or on
request and cost $35 per adult and
$9 per child (price negotiable on
group bookings). Next head to the
Chinese and Japanese Cemetery.
The Japanese cemetery bears
testimony to the 919 Japanese
pearl divers who lost their lives
in the early days. Next head to
Chinatown, where you can stroll
through what was once a bustling
hub of pearl sheds, billiard saloons,
opium dens and brothels, now a
bustling and vibrant area with fine
pearl showrooms and an exotic
blend of sidewalk cafes and
restaurants. Further out of town,
a 2WD-vehicle can take you to
stunning Eco Beach, which is
about 120km south of Broome.
BY SCOOTER For $35 a day, hire
a scooter to get around town. If
you have a car licence, you’re
fine to drive. Explore the wharf and
Gantheaume Point with the dinosaur
footprints, then go on to watch the
sunset at Cable Beach. Once the sun
has set, zip into town for dinner
and catch a movie at the heritage-
listed Sun Theatre (the world’s
oldest outdoor cinema).
BROOME ON WHEELS
MELTING POT OF
At one point, Broome had a
dozen nationalities working in
the pearling industry. Back in
Broome’s hey-day, the 1880s,
the workforce included Chinese,
Japanese, Sri Lankans, West
Australians (mainly Aboriginals),
Torres Strait Islanders, Filipinos,
Malays, Rotumah men from Roti,
Koepangers from Timor, and
Amboinese from the Molluccas
as well as Europeans.
TRAVEL DIARY All these events and more with venue maps and ticketing info can be found at scoop.com.au .
Yamaha Broome Billfish Classic, July 2–10 • naidoc celebrations, July 4–11 • Broome Turf Club races, July 10, 17 & 24 • kings Bay Fishing Club Competition Derby, July 30–August 1 • Broome Turf Club –
kimberley Cup, July 31 • Courthouse Markets, Saturdays & Sundays • Whale Watching season, July–October • Broome Turf Club – ladies’ Day, August 11 • Broome Turf Club – Cup Day, August 14 • Act Belong
Commit – Worn Art, August 20-21 • Shinju Matsuri – Festival of the Pearl, August 27–September 5 • Opera Under the Stars, August 28 • Oktoberfest, Matso’s Broome Brewery, October • Turtle nesting season,
October-December • Mango Festival, november 27-28. More info, www.australiasnorthwest.com.
The best ways to get around in town and further afield.
James Price Point,
north of Broome.
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