Tucked away in Western Australia’s Kimberley region is Cable Beach. Resort properties line the twenty two kilometre stretch of sun bleached sandy beach that is offset by the tawny red cliffs in the background. The flat stretch of beach is met by the foamy waves that roll lazily to shore. This is the ideal place for a family vacation with great conditions for swimming, paddling and sunbathing. After a relaxing day at the beach retire to Oaks Cable Beach Sanctuary, a child friendly property that offers resort-style apartment accommodation.
A telegraph cable was laid between Broome and Java in 1889. This was how North Western Australia was able to communicate with the world and it is also how Cable Beach got its name. Take a short trip from Broome to learn the history of pearl diving in the area. You can browse and even purchase South Sea pearls. Next, head to Minyirr Park Coastal Reserve, behind the sand hills beside Cable Beach, to immerse yourself in the captivating culture of the Aboriginal community. To trace history one hundred and thirty million years back, visit the site of the dinosaur footprints during low tide at Gantheaume Point, which is at the southern end of Cable Beach. Gantheaume Point Lighthouse is a great lookout for spotting whales and dolphins.
The sunset over Cable Beach sets the stage perfectly for a picnic dinner but for a truly mesmerising phenomenon head to the other side of the Broome Peninsula to Town Beach bordering Roebuck Bay. ‘Staircase to the Moon’ is a unique occurrence that can be viewed during a full moon between the months of March and October. As the moon rises over the tidal flats of the bay it gives the appearance of a stairway leading to the moon. The ‘moon markets’ during this time feature local produce, food and entertainment.
Filled with wanderlust that seeks to explore distant shores and captivated by the colors and vibrancy of exotic cultures, Kanya Mae writes on the beautiful, exciting, and enchanting wonders of the world. She is a writer who not only has a passion for travel, but also has a background in fashion, art and media. Google+