EDUCATIONAL 10-14 NOVEMBER 2010, BY LISA WELLS
I had the opportunity to travel to Broome with Broome and The Kimberley Holidays.
We flew with Qantas via Perth. I was pleasantly surprised to receive a hot meal and complimentary wine or beer in economy class. It is a very long flight via Perth approx 8.5 hours so the direct flight is definitely the way to go which we thankfully had on the way home.
Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa is the only resort that is located on Cable Beach (across the road actually). It offers a variety of accommodation options including studios, bungalows, villas and suites.
We stayed in the Garden rooms which were quite a good size however the rooms are quite dark. I believe they are in the process of improving the lighting in the rooms and replacing the TV’s with flat screen televisions. The resort is very spread out and it took a couple of days to get our bearings.
We inspected the Bungalows which are great for families and the Nolan Suite which one lady in our group was lucky enough to stay in through an incentive. The Nolan Suite is huge and beautifully decorated.
The resort has 2 pools, one for families and the other solely reserved for adults. It also offers the Chahoya Spa for all your massage and beauty treatments.
We had buffet breakfast in the Sunset Bar & Grill and gourmet pizzas one night for dinner. We also dined in the opulent Club Restaurant for dinner. It has won awards for its fine dining food and wine. This was a very enjoyable meal.
We had the opportunity to inspect Pinctada Resort which is a lovely contemporary boutique and new resort. I did like this resort however it does lack the location which Cable Beach Resort solely owns.
We spent the first morning walking around Broome town looking at its shops and pearl stores. We had lunch at Matso’s Brewery which is the Kimberley’s award winning micro-brewery famous for its beers and great food. I can highly recommend this as a dining venue.
In the afternoon we enjoyed a tour by Pinnacle Tours of Broome Town learning about its history & pearling industry. The highlights included Chinatown, Old Broome, Japanese Cemetery, Broome Port, Gantheaume Point, and finishing off with Cable Beach sunset and drinks and nibbles.
That evening we saw a movie at Sun Pictures which officially opened on Dec 6, 1916. This was a fantastic experience in this iconic outdoor picture theatre.
The next day we visited Willie Creek Pearl Farm. This gave us a fantastic insight into the modern day cultured pearl industry from the seeding of an oyster shell to the harvesting and grading of a pearl. We then took a cruise to see the pearl farm operations. We were then fortunate to experience a helicopter ride for an aerial view of the farm and surroundings. This was amazing.
The next day we departed Cable Beach for the 1.5 hours drive south to Eco Beach Wilderness Resort where we stayed for the night. The resort has been designed to ensure there is a minimal impact on its breathtaking natural surrounds. We stayed in the Eco tents which are very nicely appointed however with only fan cooling it is a bit uncomfortable at this time of year. The resort was due to close in another week or so for the season. They also offer lovely Villas which are air-conditioned!!
The resort is situated right on the beach and has a lovely infinity pool. The activities it offers are Indigenous Cultural Tours, Bluewater Caves Kayaking, Guided Bushwalking, Massage, Yoga, Land or Boat Fishing, Turtle Tours (seasonal) and whale watching (seasonal).
There is only one restaurant where we had our 3 meals. The food was of an excellent standard and good variety.
Eco Beach Resort is very quiet and low key. Great if you just want to get away and relax or get involved with nature.
Overall this was a great introduction to Broome and I would love to see more of the Kimberley region.