Unimaginable Sights In Broome
I had seen all the stunning images over the years, but had never ventured out much further than the east coast when it came to Australia. I had visited more than 42 countries but for some reason I had neglected this beautiful one I call home. So when the opportunity to visit Broome and explore the gateway to the Kimberley arose, I didn't hesitate.
Cruises from Darwin regularly visit Broome. Coral Expeditions and Silversea are just two of the cruise lines that make it possible for cruise-lovers to visit this astounding destination. These voyages include immersive shore excursions including the Kimberley and camel riding on the beach (more on that later).
I met up with our guide Nicky and the rest of my group, before boarding the coach heading to our first stop: Mantra Frangipani. As soon as we arrived the two hotel managers greeted us as old pals and showed us to our own private villas – beautiful Balinese-style rooms with thatched roofs, four poster beds and private outdoor showers with palm tree and Buddha statue of course. The welcome pack – Frangipani candles, soaps and more – awaiting in the room was a great touch and summed up the hotel's attention to detail. After setting our gear down we disembarked on the coach again to Cable Beach for the world-famous camel ride. My camel, Zara, led the pack down the picturesque stretch soft sand and turquoise water for about 30 minutes (plenty of time to take photos posing like an Arabian Princess). Then we were off to Zanders, a beachfront restaurant and bar, for an early dinner and cocktails while watching the stunning west coast sunset.
The following day we were picked up by Broome Sightseeing Tours and taken away on an incredible tour of the region's coastlines while discovering the history behind this pearling town. Next stop was the Willy Creek Pearl Farm for a tour and lesson in the modern pearling industry, followed by a delicious spread at Matso's Broome Brewery. Of course I had to try their famous Ginger Beer as well as the fiery Masto's Chilli Beer. Oaks Cable Beach provided accommodation that night and was more than welcoming with a gorgeous lagoon pool that would've been perfect for an evening dip if I hadn't been so exhausted after the big day.
In the morning we all packed our soft little overnight bags and said goodbye to our suitcases, before jumping onto another coach to one of the biggest highlights of the trip: Eco Beach. Absolutely stunning comes to mind. We arrived through bushland and red dust to the beautiful Eco Beach Resort atop a hill overlooking the perfect parallel of pristine Kimberley beaches surrounded by dense forest.
The resort is entirely self sustainable with solar panels on all the villas to generate power and a garden at the restaurant for organic vegetables fruit and herbs. With large decking up past the outdoor reception area, the views over the infinity pool to the amazing beach below are utterly mesmerising. I just had to enjoy a cocktail or two up there, soaking in the sun and postcard-perfect vista. The rest of that afternoon was spent relaxing by the pool, before casting a line out at Jack's Creek (not even a nibble!). I was much better at Mud & Bubbles, an activity run by the resort where we basically covered ourselves in mangrove mud from Jack's Creek and waited for it to dry while sipping champagne. This natural treatment left my skin feeling amazing. I can see why celebrities such as Miranda Kerr have hired this place out. It's the epitome of paradise without leaving a carbon footprint.
The next day – our last full one unfortunately – I woke up early to welcome in one of the most beautiful sunrises I've ever seen. We all begrudgingly big paradise farewell and headed back to Broome for our last night at Cable Beach Resort.
The resort is enormous. The Indonesian influence is also very apparent, but the kicker has got to be its view of magical Cable Beach. There are also plenty of room types for different travel groups: family bungalows of differing sizes, ocean bungalows, plunge pool bungalows, oceanview rooms and more.
My taste of Broome and the Kimberley might have been short and sweet, I know I will definitely be back. The magic is real and in a league of its own. It's amazing to think such wonder is right in our backyard. It's time I took a look outside more often.
Hayley Heperi, Assistant Manager, Cruiseabout Williamstown
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