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Elaine and Peter’s Travel Diary

Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015

Location: Broome, Australia

MapWell the need for the repair work on the Motorhome turned out to be a blessing in disguise as we were given a 4 x 4 land cruiser to use for each day, to return each night to pick up the motorhome so that we had somewhere to sleep.

This first day we poddled round town with visits to the vistors centre(Pete's camera packed up which was annoying so we are using mine) and a look in a shopping centre to see if we could find a camera shop to no avail.

So we decided to drive out to the headland at Gantheaume Point. We found fantastic views again of the rich red rocks against the turquoise blue water of the bay. There is a lighthouse here which is still working but the main reason for it's interest is that the place has fame for the dinosaur prints in the mudflat .....but they can only be seen at low tide, so we contented ourselves with wandering long the Rock trail instead.
There are billboards along the way explaining the aborigine beliefs which I find fascinating. The storytelling just holds a sort of magic, spirituality
and mysticism. The stories tell of the spirits which lived in and formed the rocks and the land formations. Amazing how the world is interpreted.

For the next hour Pete loved the driving on unsealed roads: a road of red compressed sand took us down to the port where there is a thirty minute jetty walk into the harbour.
We then drove up to Town Beach to see the mudflats of Roebuck Bay. This is where a natural phenomenon occurs every month at full moon. We shall miss it by a day. The photos look spectacular. The full moon reflects on the mudflats to create a multicoloured staircase effect and it is called The staircase to the moon.

We decided to go to a famous home brewery called Matsos for lunch which several people had recommended. It is a micro brewery and the speciality beers are quite different. The mango beer I had was lovely but I would give it a miss as the food was not the best!!!

Next port of call was China town which was originally named after the chimes pearlers who originally settled here. No resemblance any more to any Chinatown that you might know. There are rows of shops, most of them expensive.Therebis a
So a small Pearl loggers museum and the Streeters jetty where the pearlers used to bring their catch.
What I really liked about these few streets was the art galleries, some very vibrant paintings and photographs.

We finished off the day withn half mile walk down to Cable beach to watch the sunset, they really are most beautiful over the beaches. Cable beach has to rank as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and it got it's name from the telegraph cable which was supposed to stretch from here to certainly is a stunning place.