Lydia C. Lee is still trying to work out what to do with her one wild and precious life. She currently is a haphazard blogger. Read more at holidazeandhellidaze.blogspot.com.au or www.pandoraandmax.blogspot.com
Published October 19th 2012
Five of the best things to see & do in Broome
For most of us, Broome is remarkably different to almost anywhere we know. To highlight those differences, here's the top 5 things to make your visit memorable!
This is an open air cinema, an outdoor Picture Garden, that began operating in 1916. It's National Trust Heritage Listed and a Guinness World Record Holder. It's worth visiting during the day to take in the history, and inspect closely the old posters and memorabilia. Return in the evening to take in a flick - there's nothing quite like it.
While there are plenty of croc parks (and zoos), this is a little different. These are mammoth man eaters that have been rescued (generally after attacking someone). They are big and, because of the heat, very active. When we were there an eagle flew too low and a crocodile leapt into the air to snatch it. This was the background to what we were meant to be looking at, but it made the crowd erupt in excitement. The tours are organised around feeding time, and it is truly fascinating to see them so close up (and more as they are in the wild).
Stop for a great meal or a beer in this award winning microbrewery, which seems to perfectly exhibit the mix of Australian outback heritage and Asian influence that is embedded in the history of this region. For something different, try the Alcoholic Ginger Beer.
Head out of town in search of 135 million year old dinosaur footprints. Only visible at low tide, and very difficult to find but still worth the trip as the red dirt roads and rock-scape seem like you've landed on another planet. You'll get great photos and a real feel for how different this natural land is.
Head down for drinks or an early dinner, or just stroll along the foreshore - you could even ride a camel. The colours change dramatically and the beauty is indescribable.
There are some great restaurants, and an interesting history to explore but the natural beauty of this area is, at times, truly breath taking! Often it's the differences that make us love a destination, and Broome has many special sights that are uniquely Broome.