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Tuesday, 26 July, 2016

Kimberley Trip Day 1

The Preamble.

Unlike my usual trick of running around at the last minute like a headless chicken, I was all packed up and ready to go over the weekend and just had a couple last minute items to buy during lunch on my last day at work. It’s kinda strange packing for expected 30c heat during the day, but remembering to purchase thermal long johns and vest for the ‘chilly’ nights in the Kimberley. I hope I’ve got the mix right!

Found out one restriction for Uber last night, you can’t book in advance! So I was forced to order a taxi pickup at 5:15am this morning, so with the alarm set for 4:30, I went to bed early, especially after I had heard that the Man Utd v Man City friendly match in the Birds Nest stadium, Beijing had been cancelled due the appalling weather China has been experiencing recently.

Up, showered, shaved and my gear squared away in plenty of time before the taxi arrived on time to take me to the airport. I’ve never seen so much rain fall in Canberra and I was glad that with any luck I won’t be seeing any more for a couple weeks. I had already checked in online, so my only task at the bag drop was to endure that my bag would transit all the way to Broome without me having to check it in again at Sydney.

Canberra Airport

The first flight was packed with mostly early morning commuters, business men and women. Started chatting to the lady sat next to me and it turned out that we work in the same building, albeit for different divisions. I think she was quite jealous that I was off on my Jolly’s while she was going to be stuck in a two day ‘Women in industry’ seminar in the middle of the Sydney CBD! That’s Canberra for you, everybody knows you or where you work, lol.

Sydney airport.

Whilst queuing up to board the second flight I meet Mandy, who funnily enough was heading to Broome to join up with the same tour I’m on, small world indeed. 5 hour flight (Jesus and I’m still in the same country!), so passed the time watching a couple of movies and listened to music on the excellent Bose noise cancelling headphones I purchased last year (an excellent investment!).

Broome/Cable Beach

Bit of a mix up at the airport where I meet up and got chatting to a couple who had Adventure Wild bags and I thought I heard were staying at the same hostel as me, so when I saw a bus with the hostel name on it and they said that they were being picked I naturally thought that I could jump in with them. However, I we were walking across the car park towards the buses they walked pass the empty Beaches of Cable Beach Bus and on to the Breezes of Cable Beach one. Realising my mistake I rushed back towards the terminal looking for the driver of the other bus, but I must have walked past him/her, because after waiting around for a while I walked outside again to discover the bus had gone. So it was a taxi ride to the hostel for me! Numpty.

Even though I’m staying at a Hostel for one night before starting the tour, I decided to push the boat out a little and paid to have an ensuite double room at the Beaches of Broome Backpackers Hostel to myself. Seeing as I’m now officially on holiday grabbed a beer and sat by the pool for a while, until I realised that the beach was just down the road!

Wow, long creasent shaped beach with lifesaver patrolled area. Picked a nice spot at the back and after having a swim in the Pacific Ocean fell asleep on the sand whilst listening to the soundbox the waves. Enough of that, I need beer, so walk up the beach to the bus stop outside the Cable Beach Resort (I’m staying there when I get back form the tour). From there I jump on the bus into the shopping centre to buy a few things I need for the tour including a 24 pack of 150 lashes which I have to lug back to the hostel on the bus. On the way back from the bus stop, speak to a lady who tells me the time of the sunset that Broome is famous for and the best place to go and see it.

So, after a quick change I wonder over to the Sunset Bar and Grill and join the hundreds of others sat around waiting for the 5:35 sunset.

Of course you have to have a beer whilst watching he sunset and what a sunset. The thing is, it’s not just the sunset it’s the light show afterwards as for 30 minutes or so after the we lost the sun the sky turned an amazing spectrum of reds.

I spotted a decent looking bar/restaurant on my way down to the the beaches, so instead of paying the inflated prices of the Sunset B & G, I paid the slightly less inflated prices of the Zee Bar, washed down with another beer of course. I was contemplating having another when I realised that had been up since 4am, flown across Australia, explored the local area, taken in a magnificent sunset and still need to set out my shit ready for a 5:30am start in the morning.


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