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Lifestyle : Discover the Kimberley Special report
1HERSA1 U002 24 hours in Broome From crocs to cocktails, it's all here, writes Bruce Elder. Trip notes Getting there Qantas and Virgin Australia have return flights from Sydney to Broome via Perth. Skywest also flies Perth- Broome return. 133 133, flightcentre.com.au. Broome is a 2415- kilometre drive from Perth. Staying there Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa has garden view studios from $349 a night. cablebeachclub.com. Eco Beach Resort, south of Broome, has eco tents from $195 a night, villas from $300 a night. ecobeach.com.au. Warm welcome . . . Broome's Quondong Beach. This town of about 17,000 souls living in perpetual warmth is so rich in character and attractions that a traveller would be hard- pressed to stay only a day. This explains how the population explodes to 40,000 and stays at that level through winter. 5.30am Roll over and go back to sleep or leap out of bed, get to the airport and take a half-day tour to the Horizontal Falls,which are about 65 minutes' by seaplane north-east of Broome. The tides on this stretch of the Kimberley coast are huge -- up to five metres at the falls -- which create the phenomenon of a waterfall that gushes horizontally through a narrow passage into Talbot Bay. The tour includes an aerial crossing of the passage, a boat ride through the falls, the chance to swim in a croc- and shark-proof cage, which is lowered beside the Seaplane Adventures pontoon in Talbot Bay, a meal and return flight across the Buccaneer Archipelago, Cape Leveque, Beagle Bay and Wattie Creek. Half-day tours run in March-October, weather permitting; $745 adults, $645 children under 12. horizontalfallsadventures.com.au. 12.30pm Although it's called the Sunset Bar & Grill and it's packed at dusk, the restaurant at Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa is idyllic at any time of the day (cablebeachclub.com). You can lunch on wild barramundi while watching the sun worshippers on the beach. Spare a thought for the neighbours, though: on a dune above the resort is businessman Kerry Stokes's Broome getaway, so you may see prominent people walking to the beach from this private pad. 2.30pm In a nondescript shed near the Broome Historical Society, a group of gifted women who grew up in the desert east of Broome work on dot paintings recording the waterholes and features of their country. The works, fascinating and embedded in traditional Aboriginal culture, are shown at Short Street Gallery (shortstgallery.com.au). About a block away, along Dampier Terrace, and across from Roebuck Bay Hotel, pearls are sold in upmarket boutiques. The most famous is Linneys, at 25 Dampier Terrace (linneys.com.au) where strings of pearls costing up to $50,000 are shown. Stories are told of New Yorkers flying to Broome just to buy pearls. Sunset Camel rides on Cable Beach are probably Broome's most photographed tourist activity. It's a sedate and fairly short ''adventure'', timed so riders can watch the sun sink over the Indian Ocean and photographers can snap those ubiquitous shots. The camels are led in single file for about a kilometre from a point just north of Cable Beach Resort, then back. Several operators run identical experiences, for between $65-$75 an adult, $50-$55 a child (shipsofthedesert.com.au; redsuncamels.com.au; broomecamelsafaris.com.au). 7.30pm Matso's Brewery has been part of the town's landscape for generations. In the 1980s, Broome barracker Lord McAlpine had the town's old Matso's Store, an airy timber building, relocated to the southern end of Hamersley Street (matsos.com.au). The microbrewery, which produces mango, chilli and delicious alcoholic ginger beers, has a great ambience. 10pm Zeebar claims to be "a destination venue for a stylish, laid-back crowd", though this might be an oxymoron in a town where road nomads, backpackers and cashed-up mine workers comprise the most obvious nightlife (zeebar.com.au). Still, with its cocktails, extensive wine list and buzzy atmosphere, Zeebar is a fine way to complete a day in Broome. Bruce Elder travelled courtesy of Tourism Australia. Editor Lynne Whiley Advertising Tina Musumeci (02) 9282 1003 Cover image Lake Argyle near Kununurra, Western Australia 2 TRAVEL The Kimberley SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2013 THE SUN-HERALD
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