Today our beautiful Maasdam docked in the Port of Broome, Western Australia at 1 AM, due to serve tidal swings.
Tilde’s OUT – Notice the rocks and beaches exposed!
And the “uphill climb to re-board – the gangway was level when we disembarked this morning!
The temperature was in the 90’s all day, with the humidity in the same numbers – more sweating!
Broome is a coastal town that’s considered the southern gateway to Western Australias Kimberly region, located about 2,200 kilometers (1376 miles) north of Perth. It rose to fame during Australia’s pearl-diving boom in the late 1800’s, and pearls continue to be a main draw for cruise passengers today.
However, what makes Broome so unique is that it gives visitors a taste of the Outback because of it’s red dirt and hot climate.
Today, Barbara and I will go separate ways; Barbara, on a cultural excursion to discover more about the Aboriginals. Jack, a shuttle into town for a “walk about”, and hopefully some interesting photographs.
I took the free shuttle to the visitors center some twenty minutes away , boarded the HOHO bus and captured that city with these images.
Hopped off for a Pearl Ale at Matso’s Brewery and Pub,
Whizzed by a park with a Boab Tree,
Beautiful flowering bushes and trees, as this is the “wet” season, although it did not seem to wet.
Was “flung” around countless traffic circles as there are no traffic lights in Broome. Each traffic circle was paved with red bricks (to match the red soil) and each was beautifully landscaped with indigenous flora.
All streets are bordered with wide sidewalks on each side, for walkers and bicycle riders.
Before boarding the shuttle back to our ship I treated myself to a $14 AUD lunch of Chicken kabobs, chips swimming in brown gravy, and a “no-sugar” coke.`
I have been meaning to add a bit of trivia about those massive bumpers on pickups, cars and trucks here in Australia, they are referred to as ‘Roo-bars’, as they keep collision damage with errant ‘Roos’ to a minimum!