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Friday 21st July

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Friday 21st July - A nothing day.

We virtually had nothing to do today. We had seen all the attractions of Broome but had another night's accommodation, which we couldn't change.
So we just bummed around town. Some shopping, I took my bike for a much needed wash at the car wash. Andrew didn't.
Had a beer or two, refuelled the bike ready for our departure tomorrow.
Dinner at a Thai restaurant was good.
Watched some footy on the box.

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Thursday 20th July - Being tourists in Broome

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Thursday 20th July.

Today we are just playing tourists around Broome. Walked down to the Broome Historical Society and Museum. A great little museum, with lots of displays on the history of the area and the Kimberley. The history of the early aboriginal population, and the 1st white visit by William Dampier in 1699. Then through the early pearling days that put Broome on the map. The pearling fleet was dominated by workers from Koepang, China, Japan and also Australian aborigines. But the pearling masters were British, Dutch and later Japanese. The second world war also was very significant in Broome's history, with a raid by nine Japanese Zero fighters in March 1943, sinking a ship at the wharf and destroying many Air Force and civilian aircraft, mostly Dornier DO24 Catalinas. Over 100 people were killed and many more wounded. You can view the Catalina wrecks at low tide on the mud flats just out from Dampier Creek.


In the arvo, I checked out "the Lugger" which is only a tour booking office, but it does have a good display of pearling memorabilia, including two luggers in dry dock you can view.
The Sun Theatre in Broome is reportedly the oldest operating “outdoor” cinema in the world. It was established in 1916 and has been showing for the people of Broome now for 101 yrs. With old style canvas seating in rows, and the open air atmosphere, it is a unique experience. So Andrew and I had a night at the movies. We saw "Dunkirk", which was made all the more realistic as the theatre is under the flight path of the Broome airport. So with battle scenes playing out on the big screen, we had low flying aircraft zooming past. An added dimension to the movie.
Back to our hotel and early to bed.


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Wednesday 19th July - Around Broome

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Wednesday 19th July - Around Broome.

Had a sleep in, I did some washing then found a nice little cafe for breakfast. Discovered that there was a Cruise ship docked in Broome today, so they were expecting a very busy day with over 2000 tourists from the cruise ship in town.
Andrew and I headed out on the bikes for a look around. We checked out the port area where the cruise ship was docked, then went to Gantheaume Point. A light house and light keepers cottage were built in the late 1800s, but nothing remains but an old stone chimney. The coastline is fairly spectacular with views back along Cable Beach. We saw whales and turtle from the rocky shoreline.
Then a few kms around the bay to Cable Beach. A busy tourist trap with over priced cafe/resteraunt. We only had an ice cream. Then back into town, a couple of beers and dinner at the Roey before a quiet night.


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Tuesday 18th July - Derby to Broome

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Tuesday 18th July - Derby to Broome

Before we packed up in Derby, we had a visitor to our camp site. A beautiful young Falcon sat on a post and watched us pack our camp.


We left Derby after a refuel and headed back along the Derby road then turned off along the Great Northern Hwy again. Only 220kms to Broome. We passed the Willare Bridge Roadhouse, and crossed the Fitzroy River again. Plenty of water about in this area, from the record wet season in early 2017. Another hot day on the road as the temp reached 34deg before we got to Broome.
We lobbed into Broome about mid day, found our accommodation at “The Roey” or Roebuck Bay Hotel. A large complex with several bars, backpackers, and motel style accommodation. We were in the motel part. A couple of beers while we waited for our room. Lunch in the Sporties Bar and a wander around town. Seems we were in the middle of “old China Town” in Broome. Seems that every second shop is a jewellery shop for pearls. About seven in the main street alone.
An easy day on the bikes with only 220 kms travelled.
A Jameson's, then into bed.


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Monday 17th July - A rest day in Derby WA

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Monday 17th July - Lazy day in Derby

Nothing much to do today, so we just relaxed around camp. Then wandered into town to pick up some groceries for dinner.
I slept most of the afternoon, even though it was 34deg, our camp had enough shade and a good breeze.
Cooked a tuna pasta for dinner, listened to some music and drank some red wine.

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