We love the ocean and the beaches of this amazing planet. Always have, always will. We also love the desert, forest, bush, and mountains (you name it); that's why the Kimberley is truly one of our favourite places. After a wonderful, dust-filled week on the Gibb River Road, we popped out the other end in the interesting town of Derby. To be fair, Derby somehow deserves a better title than merely ‘interesting’. It’s a cool little town, nuzzled up to the Indian Ocean with it’s circular jetty and the highest tidal range in Australia; a whopping 12 metres (that’s 40 feet for our American friends). We sat in a delightful little outdoor cafe at the jetty (you can’t miss it - there’s only one) marvelling at the jetty towering about 12 metres (40 feet) above the low tide waters. It wasn't difficult to loiter there, savouring the warm sea air and a late lunch of Barra Burgers and mango smoothies. The crocodiles swam unseen below, on the hunt no doubt for their own barra burgers. In case you are curious, Barramundi (Barra for short) is a borrowed word from an Australian Aboriginal language of the Rockhampton area in Queensland meaning "large-scaled river fish”. We would be willing to wager you a barra burger that you didn’t know that little bit of trivia five minutes ago.
Testing our newly found abilities with AirBNB to the maximum, as well as the local 3G data tower, we'd managed to find and book a brilliant house to spend the next couple of nights, all by the time lunch was done. Only two hours down the road is the historic Kimberley pearling town of Broome and that was to be our home for the night.
Relaxing in the bungalow that was tucked away in the property's tropical, shady garden, we caught up on some emails and download the hundreds of photos that we then needed to somehow cull. Challenging to say the least.
The Balinese-inspired Broome Pearler’s Cottage created in us the immediate and almost overwhelming desire to live in Broome. Tropical lifestyle, stunning climate, lush tropical gardens and just a stroll from The Esplanade. The house also had fantastic outdoor bathrooms which were perfect for the Broome climate. (There was also an indoor one for anyone not channelling their inner nature's-child.) A liberating feeling to be showering under the sun or the stars, albeit still with sufficient privacy thanks to the garden. Superb.
The Pearler's Cottage is also used by the Kimberly Dental Team (KDT) when they are in town. It is in fact owned by a very generous couple (Jan & John Owen) who started the KDT to send volunteer dentists to the regional indigenous communities. They bring some much needed dental hygiene training and services to the communities, in what is a magnificent but difficult to reach part of the world. It’s always great to see people doing altruistic things to help others and we were happy to support them. We'd encourage you to click the link to KDT and think about supporting their work or at least forward it to every dentist friend or like-minded person. A big thank you also to the really lovely Trish, the manager of the house who was a wonderful host and made us feel very welcome. It’s was truly great to meet you.
It's true that Darwin sunsets are amazing but to be honest, most of WA seems to have some sort of monopoly on the best sunsets on the planet. In any case, they are spectacular in Broome - and it’s probably good for our search engine optimisation (SEO) if we add the phrase "Broome sunset" or famous Broome sunsets into our blog a few times. Cool drink overlooking the famous Cable Beach for a spectacular Broome sunset anyone? Well, if they aren't famous yet, just saying it a few more times should surely make it so? They deserve to be. We can't do them justice but here is a taste. You'll have to visit for yourself.
What a glorious couple of days relaxing in Broome and enjoying the pearler's cottage but most of all, that ultimate luxury: hot and cold running water. The kids have told us that the only truly essential life support mechanisms are: a) electrical charger for their screens and b) internet access. Regular showers for teenagers are apparently optional. But we, particularly, were very grateful for the running water, especially as we set off on the next long drive to Karratha.