The journey started in earnest as we chugged out of Broome towards Derby. We spent much of the middle of the day learning about the cultivation of pearls out at the Willi Creek Farm which is sort of midway between Broome and Derby.
Now this was not my favourite pastime: going to shops. I realise that tours have 'relationships' with retailers on their routes and that is where the tourist-dollar comes into play. However, we spent (!) 2 hours in Broome with Willi-Creek learning about the history of pearl diving, and now another 2 hours out here learning about pearl culturing. In both cases, the hit to the back-pocket was not resisted by many on our bus.
On the way we visited the Boab Prison Tree, the Myalls Cattle Trough and the Old Derby Gaol. Late in the afternoon, we walked the Derby jetty for my first experience of the Arafura Sea. We were given plenty of historical background for many of these locations, but it did seem a bit like ticking boxes - marking time.
We apent the night at the King Sound Resort which was acceptable but the lowest quality accommodation of the tour.