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tasty treats and a great grass area
where the kids can play so they
also get some exercise.
Wild animals | A visit to the
Crocodile Park will get them up
close with a range of animals.
Activity groups at Circle
House | A great community-run
establishment, offering music,
dance, and art and craft classes.
The sessions don’t cost much,
and the kids get to express their
Go camping | Either head north
to Cape Leveque or south to Port
Smith – there are some great
places to pack the kids up and get
out of town for a few nights.
Watch the sunset | Unbeatable at
FUN FOR THE KIDS
GUIDE kimberley and broome
From June to October, the weather
is perfect and there are plenty of
whales about – mainly humpbacks
on their annual migration, plus the
odd pilot or minke whale. Catch a
glimpse of them off Cable Beach,
or join a day charter to get up
close. Word is the whales are early
and plentiful this year.
Five of the six species found in
Australia call the Broome area
home, including the green,
hawksbill, loggerhead, flatback
and leatherback turtles. They nest
from November, hatching around
January. Cable Beach is closed
on high tides to minimize 4WD
impact: get close on a volunteer
tagging tour at Eco Beach Resort.
From September to April the
vast, nutrient-rich tidal mudflats
of Broome’s Roebuck Bay are
inundated with tiny international
frequent flyers. Around 150,000
wader birds arrive from breeding
grounds in Siberia, North Asia and
the Arctic Circle, lining up across
the bay like a winged army ready
for battle. Head out on Crab Creek
Road to Broome Bird Observatory
for a bird’s eye view.
Staircase to the Moon
Between March and October, for
three nights each month, you
can witness the Staircase to the
Moon. At extremely low tide the
full moon rises and reflects off
the exposed mudflats on Roebuck
Bay, creating a beautiful optical
illusion of a staircase reaching
to the moon. Town Beach comes
alive with the night Moon Market;
browse art and craft stalls, grab
some food and watch the show.
Get there early because parking is
at a premium – and don’t bother
with the flash on your camera!
Broome’s position close to the
equator gives access to all of the
southern hemisphere sky as well as
most of the northern hemisphere
too – with clean unpolluted skies
clear for around 300 nights a year.
The best stargazing season is from
April to December, although later
in the year there is the risk of the
wet season build up turning on
a show instead, with the clouds
and storms rivalling a clear starry
night. Join a guided tour or just
grab a deckchair and look up!
Family man Chris Lane, his
partner Justine and two children,
three-year-old Zoe and 18-month-
old Charlie, have been living in
Broome for four years. Chris runs the
busy and popular Matso’s Broome
Brewery. Here are his top seven
The playground and water
park at Town Beach | We use this
facility almost daily. It overlooks
Roebuck Bay, there is a cafe and
the kids have a ball.
A day at the beach| The beach is
child-friendly in that there aren’t
any major currents, rips or big surf.
Take a few toys and some buckets
and shovels as well as a nice picnic
and everyone has a great time.
The Courthouse Markets | Spend
the morning – there’s plenty of
The cafe at Town Beach
(Photography Tourism WA)
INSET The Lane family
(Photography Danelle Jackson).
Staircase to the Moon.
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