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5 things not to miss in Broome

Staircase to the moon

The staircase to the moon over Roebuck Bay. Pic Australias Northwest

Probably the remotest place in all of Australia, NZ speaking, is Broome. It’s the coastal town of the Kimberley and has some fantastic things not to be missed.

Staircase to the Moon

For three days each month between March and October a phenomena occurs when the full moon rises over Roebuck Bay. As the estuary tide recedes, the rippled mud flats create a ‘staircase to the moon’. Guttingly I missed it by 2 days, but this is what I would have seen…

The Mango Place

Visit the Mango Place for mango wine, jams, chutneys, sauces and smoothies all grown and made here, or try a woodfired pizza on Friday and Sunday nights. But the highlight is tasting their rosella flower wine. Sweet like port – but a drop in your champagne glass would be sublime.

Sunset Camel Ride

Start (or end) your day on the back of a dromedary along Cable Beach with Red Sun Camels. I rode 32 year old Munju, who is now semi retired and does the languid beach walk only a couple of times a week. These doe-eyed animals are all native Australians and the latest two to join the fleet took 12 weeks to walk here across the desert.

Camels Cable Beach

A sunset camel ride along Cable Beach is surreal

Matso's Beer

Matso’s ginger beer and mango beer

Matso’s Brewery

This award-winning Matso’s microbrewery in its 100-year old building is a great spot for an afternoon tipple or a sunset drink. The mango beer was my favourite, but their ginger beer (it’s alcoholic) is the most popular, and the chilli beer will certainly give you a kick.

Cable Beach Amphitheatre
During the dry season (April to September) take a picnic to the Cable Beach Amphitheatre, edged by Cable Beach Club Resort, and enjoy Opera Under the Stars. Other concerts and events are also held on this rolling green which runs down to the beach and every evening a sunset glass of wine is popular.


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