Broome

Broome is nowadays a very popular tourist destination, well known for it’s pearls, Cable beach, sunsets and lot of other stuff. Not many people actually know that this “pearl” town has a dark history.

Broome je v soucasnosti velmi popularni turisticka destinace, ktera je znama hlavne svymi perly, zapady slunci, plazi “Cable” atd. Ne kazdy ale vi, ze toto “perlove” mesto ma velmi temnou historii.


Broome is quite isolated from other cities and so it was a very pleasant few days stop after a LOT of driving. We enjoyed the perks of civilisation in form of lots of ice cream and other indulgence such as fruit, cinema, shower, laundry and internet πŸ™‚

The famous Cable beach is really awesome and so are all the sunsets – we enjoyed couple of them and it’s just different from the “usual” sunsets. As my birthday was coming up we decided to go to cinema for a “romance in desert” like I described the latest Mad Max movie. Later on we found out that we watched this crazy movie in the world’s oldest working cinema! πŸ™‚
Broome compared to other touristic towns is more historical than others. It has pretty town centre with Chinatown shopping centre and Town beach with BBQs and Aboriginals :).

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The world famous Cable beach sunset

This town was found by British in 19th century and as soon as they discovered there are pearls in this area it did not take long for them to enslave locals (Aboriginal people) as a free labour. Also a lot of asian people came that time as it was easy to start pearl businesses.

One day we took off our bikes and did a little tour around – we went to see the jetty and the antic dinosaur foot prints, but we had to come back to see the real ones (which are seen only in a very low tide) together with poisonous blue ring octopus. So here you can see the cast of the dinosaur footprints as the originals were stolen and in the gallery you can see the young team of “scientists” who are happily observing the freaking genuine dinosaur footprints. How cool is that ?!

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We had also seen hundreds of dead jellyfish and we ridden on the sand in Cable beach which was truly spectacular. (see gallery)(some of the jellys looke like brain πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ – Tom’s observation)(Plus their size is HUGE compared to ones that we have seen in the past). At first we got really scared of the jellyfish as their sting can be very painful and for some species even deadly. Later on we found out that the biggest threat is the Irukandji which is a 2cm small jellyfish which can cause such an intense pain that they have to give you abnormal amount of morphine (even like horse size dose). So the smallest “jellybitch” is the biggest threat πŸ™‚

On our way out we stopped in the Bird conservatory where we watched flogs of mini birds together with kangaroo family and we seen dolphins and some strange plants on their “plant” trail.

The first picture is from 80 mile beach and the last sunset is from Derby jetty in case you are wondering where it could be in Broome πŸ™‚

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Broome je vice izolovane mestecko takze sme si tady uzili nekolik krasnych dni a spocnuli po velmi dlouhe jizde. Taky sme se docela nasytili civilizacnich vymozenosti – zmrzka, cerstve ovoce, sprcha, kino, pradelna a internet πŸ™‚

Znama Cable beach je opravdu krasna a s ni i vsechny varianty zapadu slunce – uzili sme si ji celkem dost a kazdy byl jiny.
Protoze se blizily moje narozeniny rozhodl sem, ze jako darek si dam navstevu kina. Radu sem nalakal na “romantiku v pousti” a po dokoukani Mad Max: Fury Road sme sotva nachazeli slova. Zivotni kino-zazitek πŸ™‚ A jako tresnicka na dortu bylo zjisteni, ze sme ten film shledli v nejstarsim fungujicim kine na svete!

Broome ma celkem bohatou historii oproti jinym turistickym mestum. Hlavnim kulturnim centrem je tzv. Chinatown, kde se nachazi nekolik puvodnich krasnych domu(k videni v galerii).

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Slavny zapad slunce na Cable beach

Mesto bylo zalozeno jako britska kolonie a v momente, kdy objevili ze mistni pobrezi je neskutecne bohate na perlorodky, tak z mistnich obyvatel (aboriginal people) byli udelani doslova otroci. Potapeci umirali na nevyrovnavani tlaku, neposlusni otroci byli brutalne trestani, zeny znasilnovany atd. Britove se na jednu stranu tvari jako velmi slusny a vychovany narod, ale tohle byl opravdu velky preslap, ktery ani neni nikde moc zminovan. Takze ano, mame radi britsky humor, ale vodsamsad pocamsad… Do Broome brzy dorazili i asijate, kteri svou tvrdou praci vybudovali nekolik firem na perly, ktere funguji dodnes (a proto i ta fotka z asijskeho hrbitova).

Jeden den jsme sundali kola a udelali malou vyjizdku po okoli – kolem mola na anticke dinosauri obtisky, ale abychom videli ty pravy (ktere jdou videny jen pri odlivu), tak jsme se museli vratit pozdeji a jako bonus jsme videli i jedovatou chobotnici. Tady muzete videt odlitky dinosaurich stop protoze originalni nekdo ukradl a v galerce muzete videt mlady tym vedatoru nadsene pozorujicich pravy dinosauri stopy. Super! πŸ™‚

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Taky jsme videli stovky mrtvych meduz a jezdili jsme na kole po pisku na plazi coz byla pecka. Jak jinak lze popsat jizdu na kole na asi 100 metru siroky plazi – bombasticke! Nektere meduzy sou velke a vypadaji jak rozplacly mozek coz je trochu desive, ale zjistili sme ze jejich zahnuti neni vubec nebezpecne (pouze neprijemne). Pozdeji sme zjistili, mistni nejvetsi problem je asi 2 cm mala meduza Irukandji, ktera zpusobi takovou bolest, ze vam musi davat primo konske davky morfinu. Takze nejmensi meduza je nejvetsi hrozba πŸ™ Je to podobne s tou malou chobotnici, kterou muzete videt v galerii – hezka, roztomila a smrtelne jedovata.

Na ceste pryc sme se jeste zastavili v ptaci pozorovatelne, kde sme pozorovali hejna malych ptacku spolu s klokani rodinou, pozdeji i delfiny a dokonce sme videli dost zajimave vypadajici kvitka na jejich poznavaci stezce.

Jen pro jistotu – prvni obrazek je z 80 mile beach a posledni zapad slunce je z Derby – nasi posledni zastavky pred Kimberley.

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