Yes! We took our brmm brmm car to go to Broome (Boom boom). The weather was a very balmy 30 degrees there and it’s a reasonably picturesque spot. But it does have a touch of the Byron Bays about it. The tourists per square metre density is high. I suppose we did land there during the WA school holidays which means it’s extra dense. But you can feel when a place is starting to lose it’s original charm because everyone and their dog is headed there. It’s still very charming though and unlikely to ever get as completely sold out as Byron. It’s just too isolated.
Our site was okay except for these rowdy, obnoxious neighbours……….. Ha ha Pete and Ange did I get you! We were on a tiny site but because it was just next to our shiny new friends Pete and Ange, it was much more bearable as we set up our table on their site (lucky them) and generally harassed them. Kids were very happy to have Fin to hang out with. We went on a tag team camel ride the first afternoon which was a hump we had to get over. They were dromedary flavour with blue sashes (the camels that is). I was on one called Amos with Lou. It was very high up and more swingy than a belly dancer’s hips but we managed to stay on and have a good time.
There is no easy place to fish in Broome, that I could find (shame about that hey Fin). The huge tides make it all the more tricky. But the main street has an interesting character and charm. Although it could do with a better public toilet ratio. The second night we had the families together to eat at the nearby pub and Pete and I stayed for the state of origin. The place was packed but it was a good night apart from the result.
Justin, Alex and their kids turned up the day after Pete and Ange left so Lou had more play time. We went to a night market that was fairly choco block but kinda interesting. I took Lou down to the beach two afternoons for a nice swim and a body surf. There were ‘beware of the crocs’ signs, but I managed to talk her into going in anyway. We only had 4 nights in Broome, which we tried to extend, but the computer said ‘no’ – there’s no room at the inn.
Our next booking was a long way away at Kununurra. We did a big day driving and stopped at a 24 hr highway rest area called Ngumban Cliffs. It was good enough for our purposes and had great scenery. Lou got a small group of grey nomads to play the “I went to the shop and bought……..” game. You take it in turns to add an item from A thru to Z and you have to remember what each person said. I don’t know that they all enjoyed it, but I found it amusing.