Australia is one of the most diverse and incredible countries on the planet. I don’t just say that because I’m born here – I say that because it’s true. After finishing my apprenticeship, I took off on a trip that would span 6 years and 30 countries but it wasn’t until I moved back home that my love was reignited for this sunburnt land. As Australians, we have a complicated past but one thing we can all agree on is that our land is some of the most unique and pristine on the planet.
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Flying into Broome is an experience just in itself. The landscape changes from green forest areas to dry red soil punctured by small shrubs and finally the braided Dampier Creek just as you first enter Broome. It’s important to note that the 2.5 hour flight hasn’t even got us to the top of WA showcasing just how incredibly huge the west really is.
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Broome, Dampier Creek
The Dampier Creek just as you fly into Broome is an awesome sight after spending 2 hours flying over the barren red soils of inland Western Australia.
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The history of Broome dates well back to 1880’s when the first Premier of WA, John Forrest declared the townsite in 1883. Back then the pearling industry was just taking off and many Japanese and Asians came here to make their fortunes before returning back home around the time of WW2. Many also stayed and you can find a very asian influence in the town with the Japanese Pearl Festival every year. Cable Beach is one of the most iconic beaches in Australia, mainly due to the huge 9m tides and famous camel tribes that take tourists along the beach during sunset.
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Camels, Broome, Cable Beach
The world famous cable beach camel rides and one of the best places to catch the sunset.
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Greg Quike, a Broome local runs Astro tours just outside of town and is a great introduction to our night sky. He has an abundance of telescopes and binoculars to look through and see a real close up of the moon and our galaxy the Milky Way. If you do have the choice it’s great to choose a night when the moon is visible as you will get the best view and with the big telescope you can see huge detail and the many craters on the moon’s surface. The tours are $75 a person for a 2 plus hour show and are certainly worth it if the night sky intrigues you.
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Night Sky, Broome, Astro Tours

Astro Tours with Greg Quicke was very informative and the views are incredible.

3 hours north of Broome, along a half bitumen and sandy road lies one of the most incredible places in Australia. Cape Leveque, only accessible by 4WD the cape lies on private land and is owned by the Kooljaman Community. There is the Kooljaman Eco Stay right at the cape and is definitely worth staying the night if you have the time. Safari tents dot the hill and the famous lighthouse, built in 1912 still operates today to show the western entrance to the King Sound.

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Cape Leveque
The unique and pristine beach at Cape Leveque.
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There are 2 beaches to enjoy and the western beach has ancient weather beaten red cliffs that make you feel like you’ve gone back in time. The eastern beach is the swimming beach and is protected in a small bay that sees few jellyfish and crocodiles. If you only have one place you can visit here then this would have to be it. Reasonably easy to access if you have a 4WD and some of the most stunning scenery on the west Australian coast.