Tucked away in the northwest of Australia this laid-back region is affectionately known as ‘the pearl of the north’. While the town itself is small, the spectacular surrounding nature is nothing less than hugely impressive. To make the very most out of your coastal adventure, here are a few experiences that simply can’t be missed. Oh, and do not forget your camera!
Sunsets, sand and a beach caravan
Cable Beach has become somewhat of a destination for pilgrims seeking an idyllic beach sunset. Stretched out for 22 kilometres along the warm Indian Ocean, its endless white sand and calm waters are gorgeous by day and incredible at dusk when the sun starts its descent. For a truly unique experience, join the camel caravan as it makes its way along the shore. Riding these awesome creatures is an experience in itself, but riding them on the beach while the sun sets just takes it to a whole new level.
At the southern end of Cable Beach lies Gantheaume Point. The contrasting colours of the red ochre rock formations against the ocean’s turquoise water is a sight to behold. Time your visit so that you are there at low tide - the rocks that are otherwise underwater reveal dinosaur footprints said to be around 130 million years old. The historical roots of this place run deep!
The pearl of the north
Broome’s unique beauty is reason enough for it to have earned this gem of a title, however with the discovery of pearls along the coastline in the 1800’s, this quiet little town soon became the largest pearling centre of the world. (Fun fact: initially, it was the shells that traders were pursuing and not the pearls themselves. As plastic had not been invented, the iridescent mother of pearl shells were in high demand for the button industry).
To get a glimpse of the region’s pearly heritage, take a chartered flight from Broome to Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm (200km north of Broome) where you can buy – or at least admire - pearls directly out of the waters they came from. The farm is located on the world-famous Kimberley coastline and the flight lends you birds-eye views of the dramatic landscape and its vibrant colours. As we said, take your camera! The image above was shot with Huawei’s P30 Pro smartphone.
One of the most awe-inspiring things about being in a place far away from any major city is the night sky. With no artificial light to compete with, the twinkling stars and our Milky Way galaxy are on full display, filling the sky in a way that most city dwellers have possibly never experienced. Broome’s remoteness provides visitors with sensational opportunities to view the night sky in all its glory.
If you want to take a piece of this cosmic beauty home with you (who wouldn’t?), then enrol in a Night Sky Photography Workshop where you will learn how to capture the heavens and master the art of night sky photography.