Beautiful Broome

After a full days driving (as we escape Port Hedland) – almost seven hours in total and our longest haul ever – we secure a week’s accommodation in a Broome caravan park, in peak school holiday season, after they receive a cancellation RIGHT BEFORE we phone to ask about any vacancies. We drive into town like heroes and it only gets better and better as we shift, effortlessly, into holiday mode.
• Our caravan site abuts a mini golf course. The gate is always open. The course is always unsupervised. Enough said.
• The city centre houses a charming China Town district oozing history and retail treasures.
• The local supermarkets sell everything, including kangaroo tails, frozen, with hair. If only our shopping basket hadn’t been full already…
• The streets and gardens are crowded with frangipani (Budge’s all time favourite tree), boab (Sam’s new favourite tree) and coconut palm (everyone’s favourite tree).
• The local playground boasts an awesome water play area.
• We get to ride camels!
• Jack finds his first fossil on the beach.
• Sam finds her first snake on a walk.
• Budge finds his first frog (after a bog) in the toilet.
Our six day stay flies by in a blur of beach walks, pool swims and sunsets. We have trained ourselves to never refer to our caravan journey as a “holiday” but rather, as an “adventure” – but none of us mind when Broome distinguishes itself as the glorious exception to the rule.

Quote of the trip: Benji, on peering under a basin in a public toilet and asked about what he can see, comments “Just… spiders… I can see mummy long legs and daddy long legs AND baby long legs…”. Almost as good as his previous request to pass him a “red lady apple”. That’s “pink lady”, Benj.

Father and son relax watching the footy on the wall mounted telly in mum n' dad's "bedroom" in the caravan. Just another day in paradise...
Sunset on Cable Beach.
Strolling Roebuck Bay beach where we find two starfish that are alive... and one that appears to have been fossilised in a small stone. 
Scanning the horizon at Point Gantheaume, where dinosaur footprints can be seen in low tide. Disappointingly, the tide is not low enough on the day of our visit. Dinosaurs remain extinct.