Broome & the horizontal falls
Broome was out gateway to the Kimberley and we used these stays to catch up with friends and relax before starting the next adventure.
Our first trip into Broome we were fortunate enough to stay with friends, this was great as they showed us where to get great coffee and good food, but more importantly enabled us to experience the lifestyle of the locals. I mean who can complain when 5 minutes drive from anywhere in town has you driving along the white sands of Cable Beach. On a Saturday afternoon find yourself a quiet spot up the beach (which is actually harder than expected), get a fire going and cook up a camp oven feast on the coals, then devour s'mores!!!
Our second trip into Broome we had booked into Mantra Frangipani for a little pampering after a couple of weeks on the road and boy did we need it. Because we couldn’t complete out Gibb adventure we arrived in town a day early and spent the night camped at the Cable Beach Caravan Park. This place is so well set up and we can highly recommend it if you are heading through town. There are lots of shady trees and sites vary in size but the hosts were very accommodating. The pool is great and big! One of the best caravan parks we have stayed in.
When we finally got into Mantra we found ourselves in a great self contained apartment with gardens and pools reminiscent of a small Bali resort. We got straight into relaxing and soaking up the comforts after so many hot nights camping through the Kimberley. We ran into other friends who live in town and spent the long weekend relaxing down on Cable Beach, kicking a footy and having a few cold beers while the sun moved towards another spectacular sunset.
On what was supposed to be our last day in Broome we woke early (our only alarm for the trip...grrr) for probably the most anticipated tour of the entire trek. We jumped into a seaplane for our flight to the Horizontal Falls.
We landed in the calm waters of Talbot bay and were quickly out of the plane and onto a boat for a look at the falls. We were able to pass through the wider of the two but the narrow gap was too dangerous. There was a visible 2 meter drop in water height from inside the bay to where we were. This narrower gap apparently can get up to 5 meters height difference on king tides which is nuts! After a cooked breaky, some shark feeding and a cruise up Cyclone Creek in the boat, we again drove through the Horizontal Falls, managing to get through both gaps this time before heading back and jumping back into our plane.
We took off and stayed at a low altitude as we flew over the Buccaneer Archipelago towards Cape Leveque. The Water is a stunning aqua colour and the numerous islands could occupy you for years if you wanted to explore them all by boat. We circled over the red cliffs of Cape Leveque and couldn’t help but think back to the nights we spent there at the beginning of our Kimberley adventures. If you have the time we were thoroughly recommended the overnight stay at the Horizontal Falls. It's only $100 more per person and you sleep on the houseboat and have the opportunity for helicopter tours also.
We flew back to Broome slightly disappointed and we were not sure why, while this tour was quite spectacular and a natural phenomenon it wasn’t our favourite. Maybe we have been so lucky with all our other adventures that we took it for granted.
From here all we had left was for car repairs to be completed and over 2000kms of highway to drive back to cold wintery Perth. The issues with the car had robbed us of the opportunity to explore a few sights close to town but hopefully we’ll be back soon to check these out and actually get to drive the Gibb River Road.
Till next time...