Town Beach in Broome is starkly colourful knob of land between Roebuck Bay to the south and Cable Beach to the north, richly populated with groups of young women with sprogs, lots of sprogs. Broome is what Victorians would term a 'tidy town' which befits a joint earning much of its income from the tourist dollar.
Willie Farm Pearls gave us a history of the pearling industry which brought home the abysmal treatment of the indigenous people of the area. Pearling between 1850 and 1939 was a tough business for other than lugger masters. The pubs - owned by the masters - extracted any wage that divers had just earned from those masters.
Shellshocked (sorry!), our history lesson was followed by a gentle riffle through our credit cards for any extractable resource.
There is a heritage cemetery at Town Beach which seems to be for politicians and pearling masters. Further out, there is a Japanes, Chinese and General cemetery. We had a quick stop at the minimalist Japanese cemetery and I was torn between wanting to know more about individual memorials and having reverence for the departed. I am a bit of a cemetery tragic.
Broome is graced with the most delightful relic of social history. Without charge, I was welcome to mosey around this cinema to my heart's content. It was the highlight of the town, for mine. That and the mango smoothies in Shady Lane.
Heralding the colours that were to dominate the WA portion of our tour, we scrambled over the rock formations below the lighthouse on Gantheaume Point watched very carefully by the nesting osprey on the tower. I captured many many birds throughout the tour, indeed, it was one of the hightlights for me, the birdlife. Not sure how I will present them. Maybe just an additional post every few days.
For our final evening in Broome, before we hit the road in earnest, we dined at Zanders Restaurant atop Cable Beach. Prior to dining, we watched the sunset over the Indian Ocean, washed down with plenty of champers, and good things on crackers. Here is a post, prepared earlier, of the sunset.