We just got back from our 10 day holiday in Broome yesterday and I thought I'd post a bit of a review on our trip.
We stepped off the plane when we arrived (28th Oct) and the heat/humidity hit us like a sledgehammer. It was so hot and humid (37 degrees with 80% humidity) after a chilly morning in Melbourne when we left. The weather stayed around this temp every day and never dropped below 28 degrees at night.
Broome itself is an interesting area with quite a bit to do and see and Cable beach is just truly beautiful. The water temperature was 32 degrees and just like swimming in a salt water bath. We did a few tours to get out and explore the area and would definately recommend the following:
Harley Trike Tour - we did a 2 hour tour around Broome and its main attractions on the back of a Harley Trike. It was heaps of fun and our driver Roger was a full of local knowledge and great fun. Along with checking out the local attractions in Broome town and Roebuck Bay, he also took us to Gantheume Point to look at the dinosaur footprints and Anastasia's Pool and we finished the ride watching the sunset over Cable beach. The contrast of the red rocks/dirt with the ocean is truly gorgeous. We would highly recommend this tour, its quite a unique way to get out and see some of the local attractions. It only runs in the late afternoon due to the heat.
Kimberley Astronomy Tour - we did a 2 hour astronomy tour which was really really interesting. Greg (the guy who does the tour) is really knowledgeable and has 2 huge telescopes where you can look at the stars. Plus he gives you great information on reading the sky and looking for planets. We would highly recommend this tour.
Willie Creek Pearl Farm - we did a half day tour to the pearl farm. It was really interesting learning about pearling and its history in Broome. At the end of the tour you go out on a boat to look around the area. It was quite interesting and Willie Creek is such a pretty area with the contrast of the white sand and aqua waters. Again, we would recommend this tour.
Broome Microlight Flights - my hubby did a 2 hour Microlight flight (looks like a hanglider with a motorised cabin). The flight takes off from Broome Airport and you get to see so much of the surrounding areas. Hubby even got to see sea turtles and sting rays from the air. He absolutely raved about this flight and was so pumped afterwards, that he booked another one the next day where he got to fly for a bit! We would definately recommend this flight. It gives you such a unique view of Broome and the surrounding areas and according to hubby, was so much fun!
Camel Ride Along Cable Beach - we did the regulation camel ride along Cable beach on our last night. It was quite good fun and they take some great photo's of you on the camels with your own camera and theirs. Well worth it.
All in all we had a great time up there. We stayed at the Cable Beach Club resort which is a really nice resort. Because we arrived in the off peak season we got quite a good discount on our accomodation. But we did find it quite hard to get in this time of year.
We didn't get out to see the outback gorges, so we are already planning another trip next year in May where we can explore a bit more of the Kimberley. :-)