Our last day in Broome was slow and leisurely. Just the way Beach holidays should be.
I started with an early massage in the beautiful spa.
Then it was coffee and a trip to the beach. The last day called for a beach chair and umbrella. We loved it!
We made ourselves comfortable and enjoyed the ocean breeze and the passing parade of swimmers. Beaches are wonderful people watching places.
We went to Divers Tavern for lunch I swear that is my last chip for the holidays. Why, oh why, does everything come with chips?
Chip Tactics…….1. I try not to eat them at all or 2. try to just have six, or 3. ask to have salad on the side instead……. Today I tried this tactic but my unsmiling service man said ‘ no changes to the menu’. So I went to tactic 2 ! Also, why are chips so yummy?
Our last afternoon was spent pottering around our hotel, a last swim, packing and our last sunset drink. Apparently it’s cold and rainy in Perth where we fly tomorrow.
My blogs have almost trickled to a halt …… it’s so relaxing here and the days have taken on a rhythm of their own.
We thought 5 days here might be too much. It’s not. It’s allowed us to slow down after our dusty days on the Gibb River Road
Our days have been starting with a lovely long walk along the beach followed by a surf in perfect clear blue waters.
A beach shower then coffee back on the deck at our hotel.
Steve has been wanting to go to Matso’s brewery for the whole holiday. Today we went.
It’s ‘in town’ about a 10 minute drive from Cable Beach. We decided to browse the few shops before lunch at Matsos so started at the Short Street Gallery.
This tiny gallery is housed in a very old corrugated iron building. It is home to indigenous art.
As we walked the few streets that make up Chinatown it is the newness of the corrugated iron buildings that stands out. this building material is used for its durability in storms and it’s ease in construction.
There is history here but not in the buildings. When Broome was set up as a pearling town in the 1880’s there were 300 luggers – pearling boats in the Roebuck Bay Area. Most of the people involved in the industry were Japanese. That influence is still seen today.
Lining the few streets of Chinatown are the big names in the Pearl business.
Cygnet Bay ( where we visited and Steve made a purchase ) Paspaley, Allure, Kallis, Willie Bay – all the big names.
Matsos was calling so we headed to this charming relaxed brewery for its famous mango beer.
Matsos was originally a general store called Matsumoto. Shortened to Matsos it became a cafe then a small brewery. It has grown under the same family and is a popular place to eat and of course drink their mango beer, ginger beer and the ice hot chilli beer.
The grounds are relaxed and fun and incorporates a curry hut and art gallery.
Following lunch and a few beers we needed to have a little sleep before our afternoon swim.
Then back to Town Beach for the Staircase to the Moon. Staircase to the Moon is a natural phenomenon which occurs when a full moon rises over the exposed tidal flats of Roebuck Bay. The Staircase to the Moon happens 2 – 3 days a month and dates are published.
Tonight is one of the nights and there are hundreds of people sitting waiting for the moon to appear.
The markets are on and the lines for the food made us pleased we had a big lunch at Matsos.
As the 6.15 time for the moon approached the lights were dimmed.
It seems funny we are waiting for the rising moon and on the other side at Cable beach they have watched the sun set.
Up it came. The staircase appeared on the mudflats and it was stunning.
Don’t miss it when in Broome.
Our night took a funny turn. We returned with Prosecco wine and cheese and played cards on the deck. The Italian music set the mood for a funny night. As we enjoyed the Prosecco the card playing improved. A great fun night.
Pick up at 8.20 and we were on our way to Broom Airlines. Our substitute trip to Horizontal Falls was on.
There were two groups of 4. One being our group the other another 4 from Brisbane.
Our two pilots introduced themselves – Michael and Bayley, a couple of young mavericks who looked like they’d just hurried from bed to be there!
No safety talk. Just a ‘listen carefully if I tell you something’ and out we walked to the plane. Or a mosquito as I referred to it. Tiniest plane I’ve ever been on. And quite old looking. Oh well we trust our Top Gun pilot.
And with a quick tuneup we were off and away. It was a beautiful day. Clear blue skies, not a cloud and no wind – perfect.
We all had our headphones on with a little mic to talk to Michael and each other.
We flew over a crocodile park, a meat works, lots of trees, aboriginal communities.
We continued north over Derby and into Horizontal Falls. Stunning blue waters, the tidal rush between the 10 metre wide rock faces were making a surf like effect. This was where the jet boat hit the rock face.
We saw the pontoon and houseboat we were meant to stay on.
We circled around and around taking in the beauty of this place. So many little islands. This cluster of many islands is known as the Buccaneer Archipelago.
We double backed towards Cygnet Bay. This beautiful area is home to the pearl farm that produces some of the most valuable pearls in the south seas.
We landed at a little red dirt airstrip and were collected in a small bus and taken to the pearl farm for a tour and lunch.
Cygnet Bay Pearl farm began when Dean Brown headed north of Broome in 1948 and started pearling. His son Lyndon Brown was the first non Japanese to culture a pearl.
Now it takes the provenance of each pearl very seriously. They can tell you the location found, size, lustre, blemishes of each pearl. They run a very impressive business.
Our guide Stephen has worked for the company for quite a few years and is passionate about this industry.
He took us through the steps that are needed to have a good pearl. It takes several years of caring for the oysters to help them grow a good pearl.
We then had a lesson in identifying the features of a pearl. Lustre, shape, colour, size, surface. Each one plays a part in the value of a pearl.
We moved into the gallery shop where I took my time to find something that ‘spoke’ ’ to me. Find something? I did. For my 0 birthday later this year. ……… all shall be revealed later.
We had a lovely lunch in the little restaurant upstairs overlooking the beautiful bay.
While Jill and I contemplated a swim – as nice as it looked we decided not to get all wet for our trip back. We decided on a Prosecco instead to celebrate my purchase.
We headed back to the red runaway and in the blink of an eye Michael had us up in the sky.
We followed the coast back and marvelled at the colours and the effect the huge tides have on the coast line and the sand and mangroves.
We flew over two islands with iron ore mining being carried out.
As we headed further south we saw a few campers with their 4 wheel drives. How remote they are. How lucky they are to have these areas to themselves.
We flew over our resort and a few minutes later we landed.
A perfect trip.
Back at Cable Beach we headed to the pool for a swim and a cocktail before our second flying treat for the day. A trip to the local outdoor theatre Sun Cinema an outdoor theatre. Tonight the movie was ……Top Gun: Maverick. What a great movie to finish off our flying adventure.
We sat in canvas deck chairs eating pizza sipping a beer under the clear skies. Twice planes flew overhead – so appropriate to the movie!