BROOME is perfectly positioned on the Indian Ocean with some of the most pristine waters we have ever seen. To get there by campervan from either Perth or Darwin is going to take about a day from either direction.
It really is where the Outback meets the ocean, with the red desert dirt continuing until it meets the white sands. This place is definitely up there on the list of things that must be done again.
This place has a great surf break, excellent estuary fishing and boating, fantastic walkways and – believe it or not – even a genuine dinosaur footprint. That’s right, take a drive or bush walk down to the lookout and wade out at low tide and see an actual dinosaur footprint! Unfortunately, when we were there, they were experiencing king tides and the tide was never low enough for us to see it for ourselves, but the lookout from the rocky headland was just magical all the same.
Broome is home to some of Australia’s best pearls. The shops there stock world famous pearls with a couple camping next to us coming all the way from Poland just to buy pearls direct from the pearl farmers in Broome. There used to be a huge Chinese settlement who ventured out from China to take their luck on pearls. And today you will find some great Chinese food available in the area. There are some fantastic restaurants and coffee shops dotted around town and along the beach.
If it’s rest and relaxation you are after, then this is definitely the spot to stay for a while. After nine weeks in the Outback this was certainly what the doctor ordered, and especially since the caravan park we stayed at is a 5 star resort! Our kids spent the entire day in the pool and hardly left the caravan park for the whole two weeks.
Unfortunately if you are travelling with pets, the town resorts & caravan park will not allow them in. However there is a free stay about 35km out of town that will take pets.
PETER “SPIDA” EVERITT