Derby & Broome

Derby was the base for our Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventure so we had a couple of days there. The main street is lined with boab trees.

Derby’s claim to fame is that it has the highest tides in Australia, with approximately 11 metres difference between low and high tide.

It is also close to the start or finish (depending you which direction you travel) of the Gibb River Road. This road is a 660km 4WD track from Derby to Kununurra and has some spectacular gorges and sites along the way. At the moment we have heard that the gravel road is very, very corrugated making it quite difficult and slow travelling. We did not take this road.

The scenery on the highway between the two towns was much the same we we have seen previously. The termite hills stand out in the paddocks like headstones in a cemetery.

And then we arrived in Broome and are staying near the beautiful Cable Beach.

It has been years since we last visited Broome; it has changed so much. The Main Street has just undergone a facelift. New alfresco dining areas, improved parking and the streetscape has been updated. Looks great.

The Sun Picture Gardens is the world’s oldest picture gardens still in operation. Currently featuring two films a day, patrons watch from canvas deck chairs, in an open theatre. When we visited a film was about to start so I have used a photo from their website to show you the seating.

Image from Sun Pictures internet page.

Image from Sun Pictures internet page.

Along with hundreds of others we enjoyed a picnic dinner on the beach with our friend Carley and the kids. It was fun to watch the camel trains make their way up the beach and then back again at sunset. Fabulous way to end the day.

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6 Responses to Derby & Broome

  1. Robyn says:

    Love the canvas chairs in the cinema! Brings back memories of our local theatre when I was growing up!

  2. Kerry & Jim says:

    Yes, we would have loved to go in and have a look but we just caught the start time for the first movie of the day. Never mind, next time!

  3. Chris says:

    Beautiful spot broome..we loved the horizontal falls..enjoy..

  4. Peter Jackson says:

    Great photos. Beautiful part of the world, you have certainly covered some ground on your journey. We will be up there in August and looking forward to it. Landed back in Oz Monday night.

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