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Lifestyle : Adventures in the Kimberley
1HERSA1 0003 AG3334177AA-060211 From only $2750pp Departs & returns Broome Contact the Skipper Simon 0429 939 117 or visit www.starsand.com.au KIMBERLEY SAILING 10 Day Cruises Begin May 2011 $3500pp ALL INCLUSIVE departs April 10th 2011 18 Day Adventurer Cruise Fremantle To Broome The Kimberley self-drive itinerary specialists Let us put the pieces together! Best Of The Kimberley Licensed Travel Agent 9TA1280 PO Box 2884, Broome WA 6725 W: www.kimberleytravel.com.au E: firstname.lastname@example.org P: 1800 450 850 Richard Costin s 10 day Kimberley Wildlife Cruise email@example.com 0409 886350 www.kimberleywhales.com.au Trip notes Getting there Qantas flies twice-weekly direct from Sydney to Broome (April to October), priced from $847 or via Perth year-round. 13 13 13, qantas.com. Getting around Broome Sanctuary Resort has complimentary shuttle bus services between town and Cable Beach for guests. A local bus service also passes most resorts and points of interest in town hourly. Renting a car offers the freedom of getting into the broader kimberley, although Broome-based tours will pick up and drop off from your hotel. Staying there Peak season rates (June to September): Broome Sanctuary Resort, Cable Beach, has one-bedroom apartments from $405 a night. 1800 15 33 77, broomesanctuaryresort.com.au. Cable Beach Club has bungalows from $577 a night, villas and suites from $1167. 1800 199 099, cablebeachclub.com. Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat has tents, $165-270 a night, villas, $250-$780. (08) 9193 8015, ecobeach.com.au. See+Do 12 Mile Cafe is on Yamashita Road, (08) 9192 8552. Greg Quicke offers two-hour Astro Tours most nights, priced from $75 adults/$45 kids if he drives you. (08) 9193 5362, astrotours.net. Luxurious . . . (clockwise from far left) Sanctuary Resort; relaxing on Cable Beach; the perfectly located Sunset Bar and Grill; a massage at Chahoya Spa. For those keen to fill their days with more than food, massage or loos with a view, wildlife experiences abound. Broome Bird Observatory offers a chance to hang out with thousands of migratory birds; the quintessential sunset camel ride along Cable Beach is surprisingly meditative and the humpback whales passing by in their thousands between June and November are an excellent reward for those happy to sit and stare at the ocean. Those desiring an even deeper dose of nature will likely end up in Eco Beach. Just over an hour's drive south of Broome, this high-end resort is car free and positioned beside 15 kilometres of pristine beach. Although the resort's small pool is tempting, given that it appears to vanish over the edge of a cliff, all the action here is on the sand or at sea: the resort offers excellent kayaking tours and whale- watching trips in the dry. In the wet, guests can assist with turtle surveys run by Conservation Volunteers Australia, as the region is home to a number of nesting flatback turtles. Although a dusk drink at the perfectly located Sunset Bar and Grill is a must-do on at least one evening, Broome nightlife need not include alcohol. Sinking into a deck chair under the stars at Sun Pictures, the oldest outdoor cinema in the southern hemisphere, is heavenly despite two possible distractions: mosquitoes, and planes. Be generous with the repellent and try not to jump out of your seat each time a jet roars overhead; the airport is just next door. For a mind-alerting night out with a twist, spend two-hours with Greg Quicke from Broome's Astro Tours. With a beard reminiscent of the area's hippie inhabitants and years of lying flat out under the Kimberley skies under his belt, Quicke's passion for astronomy is as large as his $12,000 telescopes. Evening tours offer excellent viewings of planets and star clusters invisible to the naked eye, with a good dose of contemplating our place in the universe thrown in. Back at Chahoya Spa, my masseuse seems slightly embarrassed when my selection is finally narrowed down to the key scent he'll use for my healing massage. ''Nourished'' turns out to relate to Chakra 2 and he tactfully passes me the card so I can discover for myself that this energy centre is about pleasure. While my own hippie background tells me that the pleasure in Chakra 2 is typically of the intimate variety, it's not that kind of massage. Nonetheless, it's a perfect description of the Broome experience: pure pleasure indeed. The writer travelled courtesy of Australia's North West Tourism, Broome Sanctuary Resort and local operators. the kimberley special report THE SUN-HERALD February 6, 2011 3