Broome is a thriving coastal town situated in the Kimberley region of Western Australia 2,240km north of Perth. Famous for its pearling industry, rich history and dramatic landscapes, thousands of tourists flock here during the dry season from April to September each year.
Eighty Mile Beach is the longest stretch of beach on the WA coastline at a grand 220km! The beach forms part of the marine park which provides internationally significant feeding grounds for small migratory wading birds. The expansive tidal flats, seagrass meadows, coral reefs and mangroves provides ideal habitat for invertebrates to flourish and feed these migratory birds, as well as a great diversity of permanent residents including the endemic flatback turtle that also nests here.
If you have been on a camping road trip circumnavigating Australia for two months already, coming into Broome is like seeing a mirage in the desert. This funky tourist town whispers promises of day spa pampering, great shopping at artisan markets and a tasty mix of multicultural food.
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Geikie Gorge, like Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge, is part of the Napier Range formed by the 350 million year old Devonian limestone reef that extends throughout the Kimberley region. It too has been carved out from water; the mighty Fitzroy River has a catchment area larger than Tasmania, with headwaters commencing in the King Leopold and Mueller Ranges it greets the ocean over 700km downstream in King Sound, near Derby. Continue reading “Geikie Gorge National Park”
Descending from the bright, leafy surrounds of the cave’s opening and into the depths of Tunnel Creek is like entering a wormhole to an alien subterranean planet, where eyes are vestigial organs. You are met with an unearthly silence and stillness; the air feels ancient and without the comfort of heat.