Bustling Broome

Broome Jetty. A cruise ship was due in today and the locals were meant to be putting a special market on in Chinatown. Either the cruise ship didn’t arrive (we never spotted it) or they didn’t bother with the market.

Spent the better part of the day in the town centre today, checking out the shops and meeting up with the Coopers for coffee. Did over the pearl shops (bought nothing, stunning jewelry and equally stunning prices), art galleries and kitchenware (its so special in Broome). Later we checked out a camping store and still couldn’t buy anything. The Town Beach market is on tonight but, according to our bus driver from yesterday, the food stalls are the only good thing.

The town was certainly busy with tourists. According to one source the population of Broome is around 12 to 17 thousand but it swells to 60 thousand in the peak period. Cafe and bar prices reflect central city locations and all the caravan parks are full with a constant turnover of recreational vehicles entering and leaving the town area. Personally I don’t see the attraction other than the tourist brochure shots and must sees. I’d rather somewhere like Derby where you get to meet the locals.

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