The Kimberley coastal town of Broome is known for its pearling history. Tourism is booming in the Kimberley's largest town, and this year 330,000 tourists are expected to pour through the airport.
Broome attracts holidaymakers who just want to relax and enjoy the local area and those who want to head off and explore the vast Kimberley region.
The Broome Adventure Company offers kayaking tours into the local waters. Perfect for exploring the spectacular coastline and marine environment, they are suitable for beginners as well as experienced kayakers and all levels of fitness.
Tours begin at Reddell Beach with a safety talk, and paddlers are made to feel comfortable, relaxed and prepared for journey of a lifetime. The day's weather will determine exactly what you do and where you go.
Single and double sit-on-top ocean kayaks are used. They are safe, stable, easy to use and lots of fun.
You paddle peacefully by Gantheaume Point where the deep red, rugged rocks are in stark contrast to the blue of the ocean. Chemical and physical weathering have given the cliffs the most interesting colours.
On the tour you will see turtles, hermit crabs, birdlife, maybe dolphins, sea snakes, waterfalls and if you are really lucky, humpback whales.
The tour takes in a secret beach which is revealed only at low tide, and even then only at certain times of year. It is nestled in the cliff face and is a great stop off point for refreshments and to see ancient fern fossils. As it is a beach only half of the year, it doesn't have a name and for cultural reasons, it will not be given one!
An unexpected beauty treatment is in store the pindan soil is nutrient-rich and has healing qualities, and if you wish, you can paint yourself with it and enjoy its qualities.
Local tides are very fast moving and the water will rise more than a metre while you are paddling. Dramatic changes along the coastline are wonderful to watch.
Broome Adventure Company is committed to the environment through the Nature and Eco Tourism Accreditation Program. Tours are interactive, and guests are encouraged to ask questions about wildlife, the landscape and environment, most of which is untouched and minimal impact procedures are closely followed.
Belinda Dwyer and Richard Young hold degrees in outdoor education and between them have 18 years of guiding experience. Their love of marine environments and sea life is obvious and contagious.
Broome Adventure Company three hour tours are $65 for adults and $50 for children. They run from April to November.
Virgin Blue has flights to Broome.
One-way fares from;
- Perth, $219
- Adelaide, $305
- Melbourne, $335
- Sydney, $365
- Hobart, $379
- Brisbane, $405
There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one-way on the net. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at August 17, 2006 and are subject to change.
Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.
For further information
Broome Adventure Company
Box 5476 Post Office
Cable Beach 6726
Ph: 1300 665 888 0419 985 367