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Published: August 26th 2013
Stairway to the moon
Night two. Colour and brightness adjusted a little to get a better balance.
Other than the camels of Cable Beach, we knew little of this coastal town. Oh, we remember cyclone warnings too, but knew little else.
The drive from Karratha to Broome is through arid scrubby country, and only occasionally was land methodically farmed. Then you wind your way across town to the caravan park, proceed to your site and WOW - such a beautiful turquoise bay. (at high tide)
Broome has a fantastic winter climate, so is very popular with those living in the colder southern areas of Australia for winter holidays. In fact, the caravan parks are bursting at the seams with retirees enjoying the warm days and mild nights, often staying for 3 or 4 months.
Now, one of our team wanted a camel ride, two had previously had a camel ride, so the one who chose not to go alone took the camera for a walk on Saturday afternoon along the camel route at Cable Beach.
As far as this part of WA is concerned, the long white swimming beach is great featuring gentle slopes and warm crystal clear water. Just as we arrived in Broome a 3.5 Mtr croc was seen on the port
The colour of the water here is simply stunning. This beach isn't great for swimming, but none the less is a popular place to enjoy the fresh sea breeze while sipping a coffee.
beaches, and so some of the other good swimming spots were closed for a few days. Apparently it is unusual to have salties here at Broome - they prefer muddied waters so they can sneak up on their prey.
One thing which is different at Cable beach is the left and right halves of the bay. To the left, people rule. On the right side, $WDs rule, and you must watch out. The photo walk for the camels was amongst the sunbaking 4WDs parked close to the tide line. To ensure safety, I walked away from the accepted 'Road' at the edge of the water. A silly driver roared up behind me trying to outrun other drivers on the beach. Though female, I delivered a blunt message about careless driving. The driver was a photographer for a camel wedding party dashing around for the wedding photos - still no excuse.
We planned our trip to Broome to coincide with the Stairway to the moon. We hadn't heard of this phenomena until we started planning this trip. We applied for caravan sites at Roebuck Bay November 2012, and finally heard that we had been successful in getting sites close
to the waters edge. Lots of people told us that you cannot get good photos without very good cameras. So we were dying to give it a go.
We arrived here on Tuesday (19th), and the three nights where this phenomena is visible was the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Marg and I went walkabout on the Tuesday evening to see where the moon would rise, and get a feel for the best approach for getting good pictures. David had told us about a BBQ area up the hill a little from our van site, so that is where we headed on the first two nights of Stairway to the Moon. I think our photos show that with good cameras, aided with a tripod, good results are achievable. David has a good Samsung camera he bought recently, and his photos are excellent as well.
The staircase effect occurs when there is an extremely low tide coinciding with the full moon. The steps allusion is created as the light from the moon reflects off the drainage channels of the bay at this low tide. The best view and photos require these steps to cross the moon light at right angles,
Ships moored off Roebuck Bay.
creating the striped light and dark steps and treads affect.
A little out of town is Mango Place. In the tropics, mangoes grow well, and Broome is no exception. Mango place is an orchard that makes their own chutneys, jams etc, a couple of variations of mango wine, but also run a beaut restaurant with dining under the shade of the huge mango trees. A great place for a quiet coffee or a dinner party. Try their wood fired pizza.
Broome is one of a few places on the west coast to have been bombed by the Japanese in WWII. The remnants of a fleet of flying boats can be seen here at very low tides. You can walk out and may need to swim back, or do as most do, go by hovercraft. There are also dinosaur footprints in the sea bed, again seen at low tide.
Each morning there is a major chorus across Broome as the many varieties of birds remove any need for an alarm clock. This also makes for many photo opportunities for those trying to get that extra special shot. Kites whistle all day here and are great to watch. The
Stairway to a ship
Just thought I would try the same effect across the bay to a ship at the long jetty.
way they glide and suddenly dive and swoop is a joy to watch. The equal to stunt flying air shows.
There are many other things to do here like visit the movie theatre - a real old timer and take a moment to look at the history of movies here.
Broome was and stil is a centre for the pearl industry. The Japanese Cemetery is a reminder of the human cost of the pearl industry of yesteryear.
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