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Cable Beach Club

Thursday, October 30, 2003
This tropical beachside resort started life on the back of a coaster. With its strong mix of cultures and architecture of the resort being very tropical, it is the perfect place for both adults and children.

The legendary Cable Beach Club has undergone its first renovation since opening 15 years ago. Cable Beach, just 10 minutes from the pearling town of Broome, is a 23km stretch of white beach and glorious ocean views and is a great place to view the west coast's fiery sunsets. The area is where the vast, red Great Sandy Desert comes to meet the Indian Ocean.

When the resort opened in 1988 its first stage was a collection of Broome-style bungalows, a reception area, dining room and space for small functions.

The idea was that of Alistair McAlpine, a British lord, art collector, philanthropist and developer. Lengthy discussions were finalised with his signing a contract on the back of a beer coaster in the Pearlers Bar of a Broome Hotel.

There is a strong mix of cultures in this part of the west with a large presence of Japanese and Chinese pearl divers. Architecture of the resort is very tropical, set in 26 hectares of gardens of pandanus palms, gum trees, waterlilies and frangipani.

All around the resort are magnificent artworks and artefacts, most of which were collected by Lord McAlpine on his travels.

The resort has a good range of accommodation and there has been extensive use of polished timber, corrugated iron and lattice, combined with handcrafted furniture. There are intimate studio rooms, bungalows and deluxe suites available.

Families are well catered for with bungalows which sleep up to eight. They have their own kitchenettes and dining areas.

There are two pools — the Club Pool is perfect for families and features a cascading waterfall and outdoor spa, and the Ocean Pool is just for adults. It has temperature-controlled salt water. Light refreshments are served at both.

Dining is pleasurable and of course there is plenty of fresh, local seafood, prime Kimberley grain-fed beef and other Australian delicacies.

The day is started at Lord Mac's with a casual breakfast while gazing at the sparkling ocean. Before dinner, guests usually enjoy a chilled cocktail at the Sunset Bar before enjoying dinner in the Club Restaurant. You choose whether you wish to eat in the elegant indoor ambience or al fresco under the stars.

If you are feeling energetic there are two night-lit tennis courts, a gymnasium and a golf course nearby. The Day Spa offers soothing massage and the Beach Hut can look after your towel, umbrella, deck chair and sunscreen requirements.

For those travelling with children, the Resort's Kimberley Kids' Club will entertain six to 12 year olds while you relax. Activities range from mini-golf to face painting.


Broome, 2200km north of Perth in WA


Cable Beach Club Resort rooms start at $215 per night with a minimum of three nights' stay.
Please note prices are valid at time of filming.

More information

Cable Beach Club Resort
Cable Beach Road
Broome 6725
Ph: (08) 9192 0400

Qantas: 13 13 13

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