Broome, Australia, was named after an early governor, but we like its native name, Rubibi….way more fun to say! Broome is a tourist town in an area of Australia’s northwestern coast that is lightly sprinkled with port cities. It is in the Indian Ocean and less than 1,000 miles south of Indonesia.
Broome is known primarily for its history of pearling, and we found that we could buy a string of pearls for “just” $10,000 to $20,000, if we so desired (we did not). The largest homes were all built with pearling money. There are also places here where you can walk in the footprints of dinosaurs, although it was so hot that we didn’t walk that far. We did end up taking a hour-long trolley ride with narration of the town’s history, which lasted 40 minutes. They saved 20 minutes of fuel, we guess! Another local tourist activity is riding camels on the beach – $40 for 30 minutes or $71 for an hour. The sunset ride is particularly iconic.
We found the city to be very clean and pristine, nicely landscaped, with the Chinatown historical area beautifully preserved. As you will see below, there is a lot of pride in Sun Pictures, a movie theater operating since 1916. Incredibly, it still shows contemporary films seven nights per week. When we were there, the night’s offering was “Wakanda Forever.” Most impressive, though, are the giant, fluffy clouds, the red color of the soil, and the blue water with different shades of blue. An Australian passenger told us a great story. His daughter asked him why his white tennis shoes were red. He looked at her as if she were crazy, and said, “Well, a year ago I went for a walk in Broome!”
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