Towards the end of the afternoon, Cable Beach in Broome becomes alive with activity. People arrive in 4 wheel drive cars, drive onto the sand, set up their picnic tables and crack open a beer. The beachside restaurants suddenly throng with activity as people find a vacant table to sip a cold drink. Families and groups of friends play on the sand or settle on the grassy areas overlooking the beach.
What brings them to a beach when the light is fading and the Lifeguards are packing up their stations to finish their shift for that day?
But this is no ordinary sunset. As the sun slips beneath the Indian Ocean the horizon flares with a blaze of colours so vibrant and intense you’d be forgiven for thinking someone had dragged an Instagram filter across your eyes.
At first it’s the yellows and the golds as the sun shimmers downwards, then come the magentas, the purples and the dusky rose as the twilight unfurls across the sky.
And the best part of the sunset was the stillness.
The stillness that followed the flurry of activity to get to the beach suddenly hangs in the air like a calming blanket laid across your shoulders. People sit alone or in groups and watch as the sun slinks towards the sea, their voices murmur, inaudible against the swishing of the waves. The softness of the moment, the tranquillity and the peace pervades your soul and you can’t help but feel thankful for the day that you just saw tuck itself to bed and the promise of the day that will dawn tomorrow.
To experience the sunset in a completely different light, you could take a camel ride along the beach with Broome Camel Safaris.
When I wasn’t enjoying the sunsets in Broome I was discovering a few delicious places to eat. Broome is not a large place and I wasn’t expecting to find so many little gems tucked away. I enjoyed a lunch at Dragonfly Cafe on Carnarvon Street where I tried one of the fresh salads from their menu.
Nearer to Cable Beach I sampled the brunch menu from The Zookeepers Store, which included the tasty eggs benedict.
There’s something very decadent to treating yourself to meals out when you travel. Long term I wouldn’t be able to afford eating out for most meals, especially in a more expensive country such as Australia, and I would usually cook for myself in the kitchens at my hostel. Still, I’m going to put it down to the heat I experienced in Broome that put me off going anywhere near a kitchen!
I stayed in the chilled out and friendly Cable Beach Backpackers, which I would recommend for its laid back vibe and tropical pool area. Pay for a room with air con to be able to get a good night’s sleep.
Have you ever been to Broome? What were your favourite things to do? Did you go to witness a beautiful sunset at Cable Beach?