Broome Locals

Submitted: Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 15:44
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Am heading up to Broome for a week (unfortunately we are under time and budget constraints so I can't take the truck this time - good chance to have the clutch replaced anyway) in 12 days time with a few mates and was wondering about any places of interest (other than the well publicised ones) that the locals could tell me about.

cheers,
Sam.
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Reply By: Member - Cocka - Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 23:32

Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 23:32
Broom's great but pretty touristy. Fishing was a bit ordinary. If you can head up to Cape Livique it is Gods country but you have to book the camp area up there well ahead of time or you can't stay. You can hire boats up there and the fishings great. Stop in at Middle Lagoon half way up - great camping.
If you can get up to Derby book in at the tourist office (phone ahead to check availability) and take the flight to the horizontal waterfall where you land in a bay and a bloke takes you around to ride the waterfall, 2x200hp Mercurys on the back. Costs about $290.oo and take about 5 hours, best thing I ever did it was awsome.Carpe Diem
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Reply By: Willem - Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 23:53

Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 23:53
Go down to Cable Beach just past the rocks...take your gear off and soak up the sun.......come to think of it that was 20 years ago...maybe its all changed by now.
Or you can walk out to the plane wrecks when the tide goes out...11 metre rise and fall of tides...Or ride a camel to Willie Creek.......nothing much else to do in Broome except hold up the bar and drink icy cold beers..............Or you can go to the Movies...or drink icy cold beers.....Or.......Nah !.... drink more beer.....Have fun.
Cheers,
Willem

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Reply By: Member - Melissa - Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003 at 13:52

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003 at 13:52
Sam,

Got to agree with Cocka re: heading up Dampier Peninsular way. Cape Leveque and Middle Lagoon well known spots but a bit less well known is the 4WD only coastal tracks north of Willie Creek. To access them turn off the main Cape Leveque Road at Manari Road and follow your nose to the coast. There is camping in several places along here with main attractions being Barred Creek (good fishing), Quondong Point, Coulumb Point etc. The scenery is absolutely superb and 4WDriving fun but not too challenging. Highly recommend at least a day trip up that way. We got a mud-map from Broome Visitors Centre. Got some pics and details of this area on my website (URL below) under Travels by State "Kimberley" and also the Darwin-Perth trip journal.

:o) MelissaPetrol 4.5L GU Patrol &
Camprite TL8 offroad camper
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Follow Up By: Michelle from ExplorOz - Wednesday, Nov 19, 2003 at 01:18

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2003 at 01:18
I wrote nearly the same reply last night but deleted it before posting because I realised he said he WASN'T taking the truck, meaning he has no 4WD to use on a visit to Broome - so misses out on those great northern beach spots that I would also highly recommend. Oh well - you could always hire one!!

why not stop off on the way at 80 mile beach and Port Smith CP for excellent 2wd accessible spots, great fishing etc.

But if you're stuck in Broome ina 2wd you'll just have to eat at all those wonderful cafes and restaurants and drink at the bars and .... relax. Sounds tough!

Cable is still as Will remembers... just with about a few hundred people doing the same each evening for sundowners...

If you really don't have wheels to go exploring, why not take that wonderful seaplane trip that I see that does a daily run up the coast to the Kimberley. It's an incredible itinerary.ExplorOz
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Follow Up By: Member - Sam (NSW) - Wednesday, Nov 19, 2003 at 08:54

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2003 at 08:54
my apologies. I should have mentioned that we will be hiring a cruiser for the time. I couldn't survive 1 day without a 4WD (half the reason why i am getting the clutch replaced on mine whilst I am away so I dont have to go without it when i get home) :-)

We are planning on heading out to Fitzroy Crossing. Unsure of our exact route at this stage. Not sure whether it will be via the bottom section of the GRR or not yet.

Thanks for all the suggestions already, but now that I have clarified our transportation situation, if anyone has any further suggestions, please let me know.

cheers,
Sam.
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Reply By: Coops (Pilbara) - Wednesday, Nov 19, 2003 at 09:29

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2003 at 09:29
head out Wiillie Creek way on the road to Cape Leveque and visit Quondong & Barred Creek. Very close to town and great spots for a day trip. A bit humid for camping at present though.Allyn
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Follow Up By: Member - Sam (NSW) - Wednesday, Nov 19, 2003 at 10:20

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2003 at 10:20
cheers, will add those to my list of places to check out.

we'll be staying that the Seashells resort. figured that if we're gonna spend all that money getting there and only staying for a week, might aswell keep spending and stay somewhere good.
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Reply By: Chris (W.A.) - Thursday, Nov 20, 2003 at 23:30

Thursday, Nov 20, 2003 at 23:30
Don't get too excited over Broome.

Beach is good for old farts with no clothes otherwise I've seen the same sunsets on better beaches between Geraldton - Perth.

Definitely do the Cape Leveque. Go to Kooljamon resort, leaves middle lagoon for dead. Excellent fishing.

If I went back for say, two weeks, I would spend one night in Broome and 13 at Cape Leveque. Broome is well and truly overrated/commercialised. Butcher does good meat though.

Enjoy your trip....a tip - go to Kununurra, it's way better than Broome but you still have to see Cape Leveque.

REgards

Nice southerly coastal fishing trip someday.
Chris
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