Broome in Western Australia's Kimberley region was once a small pearling town on the edge of the desert. Its multicultural mix was shaped when Japanese, Filipino and Malay pearl divers arrived in droves to seek their fortune. Thanks to unpolluted water, South Sea pearls are still coveted around the world.
Tourism was inevitable. Broome's 22 kilometre white sand Cable Beach, five-star hotels and walks or camel rides at sunset make it worth the journey. Fiery ochre cliffs and turquoise waters give inspiration to artists, writers and musicians.
When Jason visited, he opted for a most unusual way to take it all in. He joined a three-hour Broome Trike Tour. They started operating in 1999 and their six passenger licensed limo trike collects you at your hotel for a ride through the area's landmarks and history.
Roger Hockey's trike has a Harley-style front end and hot-rod-style rear. Inside is a leather lounge, jarrah bar, air conditioning, electric, tinted windows, mood lighting, surround sound stereo and wine cooler. Not surprisingly, it's one of a kind.
Matso's Micro Brewery
This local landmark started life as the Union Bank of Australia in 1910. Now it's home to the award-winning Matso's Brewery.
Owners Martin and Kim Peirson-Jones have Roland Bloch, a German Master Brewer, at the helm. He combines the finest natural ingredients, time-honoured techniques and modern technology to produce a range of beer styles aiming to deliver flavour above all else.
Award winners include Hit the Toad premium lager, Monsoonal Blonde wheat beer, Smokey Bishop dark lager and alcoholic ginger beer.
Diver's Porter is a traditional Irish-style ale made with roasted malt and chocolate and roast coffee flavours. One of the most requested beers is a chilled chilli beer.
Here you will try some freshly found bush tucker surrounded by a beautiful bush backdrop. Minyirr Park is a hidden treasure tucked behind the sand dunes. It has a unique vine thicket ecosystem and is cool and lush and has numerous walk trails throughout the dunes and bushland.
You will try over thirty bush tucker delicacies including mango wine damper, dookah, bush chutneys, boat root, crocodile, kangaroo and camel hors d'oeuvres and more. You will be introduced to the bush plum, or gubinge. Aboriginal communities have known about its medicinal value for generations. The fruit contains extraordinary levels of Vitamin C and pharmaceuticals are cottoning on to its benefits. Roger has actually created a gubinge liqueur.
Broome, 2230 kilometres north of Perth.
Broome Trike Tours cost $165 for three hours. Bush tucker, beer and liqueur tastings are included.
If you would like to head to Broome, Qantas has some great one-way sale fares. They start from:
- Perth $199
- Adelaide $259
- Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane $289
Fares are per person, one-way and are valid until 11.59pm (AEDT) March 5, 2012 unless sold out prior, and for travel between April 17 and June 28, 2012. Subject to availability and travel dates and conditions apply.
For more information or to book, log on to www.qantas.com.
Prices correct at March 3, 2012.
For further information
Broome Trike Tours
Ph: 0407 575 237
Matso's Broome Brewery
60 Hamersley Street
Ph: 08 9193 5811