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Lifestyle : Adventures in the Kimberley
1HERSA1 0002 AG3334150AA-060211 Discover the beauty of the Kimberley... Beyond the boab trees of Derby, discover the Buccaneer Archipelago on a boat cruise ranging from 5 -- 10 days firstname.lastname@example.org FREECALL 1800 621 426 www.derbytourism.com.au Lake Argyle Swim Date: Saturday 30th April 2011 Entries Close: Friday 8th April 2011 For further information: www.lakeargyle.com & www.desertwaveevents.com Proudly brought to you by: Discover the oasis of the Kimberley region the famous Bungle Bungle Range is our first stop from here it just keeps getting better! Travel with a long established comp any with an ALL inclusive package The gorges the waterfalls the stations, you won't miss any of the big attractions or some of our secret places nobody else goes. This tour is suitable for 4WD and AWD cars and camper trailers as well. Contact Trek for the tour of a lifetime! www.trek4wdsafaris.com.au A Pearling Master's Journey: In the wake of the schooner Mist JEdeB Norman & GV Norman An elegant volume containing a history of the pearling industry in Western Australia 1886 -- 1942 338 pp illustrations (some colour), facsimiles, maps, portraits, 25 x 26 cm Available at: Robert Muir Old & Rare Books in Perth www.muirbooks.com Kimberley Bookshop in Broome www.kimberleybookshop.com.au Direct from: GV Norman, PO Box 966 Strathfield NSW 2135 email@example.com www.pearlingmaster.com You've never been this far away... Perched on a cliff top overlooking the Timor Sea in WA's remote North Kimberley is Faraway Bay, The Bush Camp. Close encounters with wildlife, remarkable beauty, history and a calendar of unique wellness and gourmet events all await, in this remote slice of outback Australia. An exclusive bush camp for a spectacular wilderness experience. Ph: 08 9169 1214 www.farawaybay.com.au 2 February 6, 2011 THE SUN-HERALD Where pleasure is on the cards With its sandy beaches, holistic health spas and fascinating bearded blokes, there's lots to like about the former ''dole capital of WA'', writes Sue White. It's still an excellent spot for city dwellers seeking inner peace. STARING at the themed cards bearing words like ''nourished'', ''expressive'' and ''grounded'', I try to heed my massage therapist's advice: ''Don't overthink it,'' he suggests gently, as I'm encouraged to choose the three words that resonate most with me. Easy for him to say. Am I choosing states that represent how I feel now, tucked up in the soothing environs of Cable Beach Club's Chahoya Spa? Or, given that my selection will determine the chakra-balancing treatment that lies ahead, should I be thinking longer term? Cable Beach Club might seem like a surprising place for an existential crisis but delving into Broome's recent history soon proves I'm not alone in using Western Australia's remote coastal town as a base in which to get in touch with my chilled-out side. Before the 1980s, near-perfect dry-season weather and serene beaches attracted hippies from across the country, earning Broome the nickname of the ''dole capital of WA''. Life for those camping on the dunes or living in tree houses along Cable Beach came to a sharp halt in 1988, when Lord Alistair McAlpine bought the local caravan park and began plans for the now famous Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa. The contract might have been signed in the pub on the back of a beer coaster but the ensuing development was too much for the laid-back types, who soon took off to less commercial environs. More than 20 years later, despite the growth of Broome as a tourist destination, it's still an excellent spot for city dwellers seeking inner peace. Set among 10.5 hectares of serene, cooling gardens, Cable Beach Club is the first place to start getting away from everyone and everything. Bungalows with wide verandahs offer family-friendly accommodation, with latticed walls allowing cooling breezes to meander through and between the colonial-style buildings. Villas take seclusion to a new level. Complete with private plunge pool, in-room check-in and full butler service (of course), you'll likely be too relaxed to notice the $1100 to $1800-a-night rack rate. Those without the budget can head to the neighbouring Buddha's Sanctuary. Owned by the resort but open to all, the ornamental garden features a 3.5-metre, seven-tonne crystal Buddha housed in a hexagonal gazebo. Visitors and locals alike come here to read, meditate or take part in early- morning yoga classes (entry and classes by gold coin donation to the Royal Flying Doctor Service). While Cable Beach Club undeniably boasts the area's best location, options abound for laying your head on a bed or a massage table. About 15 minutes' walk from Cable Beach, Broome Sanctuary Resort offers its own day spa, Sorbet. With less fanfare than Chahoya, this hidden gem manages to deliver one of the best massages I've had in years, while the mainly self- contained accommodation provides a welcome respite from the high dining prices prolific through remote Australia. If you are eating out, Broome Sanctuary's Pindan restaurant is the first of several food-oriented surprises in town. Here, gigantic oysters, local threadfin salmon and a poolside position combine with balmy evening temperatures for a perfect dining experience. On hot afternoons, a table under the mango trees at the 12 Mile Cafe is another dining delight. This organic cafe grows as much of its own produce as possible, with temptations like mango thickies and Kangaroo rendang curry making it worth the 20-kilometre drive from town. While the cafe's commitment to the environment is authentic, it's their waterless, wall-less toilets that delight most guests; like me, you may be urged by your partner to take a visit simply to enjoy their indoor- outdoor ambience. the kimberley special report