High sand dunes that roll down changing from the red soil to light orange, to eventually fade into pure white sand as it reaches the turquoise Indian Ocean.
The beach is wide and sweeping. Wide enough that on low tide Australia’s only beach polo event is held on the flat sands here.
Around to the south, you can vaguely make out the red cliffs of Gantheaume Point, a beautiful spot to walk where even the dinosaurs have walked. Yep, there’s footprints to prove it.
To the north, camels slowly saunter along the hard sand in front of the setting sun lighting the sky red and pink.
There are a few palm trees.
You can either sit under them on the grass above the dunes, or peer at the sun through them from your seat at the Sunset Bar – a popular place for people to arrive of an afternoon and sit with chairs facing out for the spectacle.
We preferred to see it from our seat a little closer and higher from the lawn out the front of the tin shed, otherwise known as the Broome Surf Club.
Sssh, don’t tell
This is a true secret squirrel tip from us. Do not tell anyone. But, if you can swing a member to sign you in, the Surf Club is the CHEAPEST place in Broome to come for a drink and is the most chilled with the BEST views.
We became regular weekly visitors – first to arrive, last to leave.
Grab your plastic table and chairs, bring your own snacks and enjoy the $6 drinks with the locals as you watch nature’s last great act for the evening over the Indian Ocean.
If you have never viewed an ocean sunset, Cable Beach will not disappoint. With colours ranging from purples and golds to fiery reds, even your camera will have a smile on its face.
We’d arrive at the Surf Club after a short walk from our Villa – the girls powering along on their scooters. Sometimes it was just us, other times we were there creating memories with new friends (of course we let them in on our secret too. ) I discovered it after a little snooping.
I’d walk past the cute building going down the ramp to spend another afternoon on the beach building sand castles, boogie boarding and avoiding being stung by jelly fish.
Kalyra tallied twice stung, no tears, but a wicked slashing mark on her thigh. The lifesavers were sweet in helping her and sharing all their wisdom about Broome stingers, crocs and sharks. We were in Broome during the safe time to swim season.
I was intrigued by the small club and wanted to know if it was opened to visitors. I found it was on Friday and Sunday nights from 5pm-7pm for drinks. Well, not really to visitors. To members. But, if you smile sweetly and request to be a member’s guest, you’ll get to enjoy the sunset too.
Cable Beach is iconic
It’s deserving of its regular spot in the best beaches of the world list. It’s perfect for beach cricket, 4WD tailgating, camel rides, long walks and runs and swims, morning meditation and just lazing and gazing.
Crystal clear waters, rock pools, bars, food, a kiosk. Fabulous grassed area for the evening picnic and a playground for the kids – romance or family, action or relaxation.
You can hire beach chairs and umbrellas and just chill out. It’s the best place to be in Broome as it gets the breeze to blow away that sticky heat that can get quite stifling in Broome Town.
So I guess you can tell I’m in love with Cable Beach. I’m in love with Broome. I’m in love with Western Australian sunsets. I’m in love with making memories with my family and new friends.
This is Broome. My favourite place in Australia. No comparisons or competition.
Why do I love Broome so?
It’s the exotic flavour of Asia, mixed with the rugged Australian outback and the chilled out Aussie beach living.
It’s raw and harsh, peaceful and hypnotic. It’s acceptance and grace.
Be who you want. Enjoy nature. Good food and wine. Rest and play. Smile and wave. Worship the sun. Earth yourself in the red dust.
You won’t understand until you arrive. Once you do, you’ll be graced with the inherent knowing that you’re walking into a sacred place unlike any other.
Mind you, many people arrive after a brutal Outback drive from Darwin – kilometres of rugged inland escarpments, gorges, baking temperatures, gravel roads and red dusts. Broome is the oasis you never want to leave again.
So back to Cable Beach and surrounds. Apart from the beach and the surf club, here’s how else we think you should lap it up.
Sunset camel ride
You gotta do it.
I only did it because it was iconic and the kids were keen. I really enjoyed it, even though it went for an hour and my bum and back got a little sore.
It was worth it to see the joy on my girl’s faces and their retelling of how they felt when the camel stood up and down they felt as if they were going to be launched over its head. It was a moment.
Kalyra was overjoyed that she rode the only girl camel- Gemma. Princess Camel meets Princess Kalyra.
We rode with Broome Camel Safaris, who are the longest running operator in Broome. Their guides were super friendly – all traveller’s and keen to share their stories and that of the camels they all had an obvious affection for.
Two for one cocktails at Zanders
After your camel ride, you will get a sheet of discounts at some of the local attractions. One being two for one cocktails at Zanders – another place with amazing, close-up views of the sunset AND next door to a playground.
The kids can play and ride their scooters around on the path while you enjoy a Mango Mojito and an After Dark (Craig’s fave).
The Sunset Bar & Grill
Drinks at the Sunset Bar is another iconic thing to do. Hopefully, you can time it right like we did, with a live acoustic jam session.
We did not eat at the restaurant, but enjoyed some delicious pizzas from the bar menu for my birthday. There’s a large grassy area out front for the kids to run around on, and the camels will wander by on their way home.
Friends dined at the restaurant and said the Surf & Turf was exceptional and big enough to share between two.
Morning yoga at the Buddha Sanctuary
In my heart forever. This place changed me.
Every day from Monday to Friday for our five week stay I attended the 6am 90-minute yoga class. Transformation on a physical and spiritual level. Highly recommend and extraordinary value. The best yoga I’ve ever done.
It’s $15 for a casual class or $100 for 10 classes.
Sunset at Gantheaume Point
At the southern end of Cable Beach is Gantheaume Point, a red rock cliff face overlooking a white sandy beach. Especially spectacular at sunset, but any time of day is worth the short drive on the unsealed road, or you can even walk the length of beach if you’re up for it.
We didn’t see this but there’s another track which leads to a cast of dinosaur footprints at the bottom of the cliff, but you have to go at low tide. I’m sure they would be a hit with the kids. Next time.
Massage at Bali Hai
Another birthday indulgence for me was the Kimberley Stone therapy massage at the Bali Hai resort, said to be the best place in Broome for a massage. It was divine. The only problem being that I kept drifting off to sleep!!
Other friends dined at the restaurant here and said it was very good.
Where to stay at Cable Beach
If you’ve been following our road trip around Australia, more often than not we call home our 5×3 camper trailer.
Not only is it our sleeping quarters, but home office and classroom for Kalyra. Things get a little cramped in there. And hot.
When we can we like to upgrade to a little more comfort and space. Sometimes you just need a full-kitchen, your own bathroom, separate bedrooms for the kids, and a dining room to use as an office. Oh, and a TV never goes astray every know and then to keep the kids entertained for an hour.
Many thanks to our partnership with airbnb we found a 2 bedroom villa which was the perfect solution. Spacious, bright, and right across the road from the beach.
Out the back garden was a swimming pool the kids could jump in as an alternative to the beach, not sure if they were happier about that or having access to our own TV – it’s been a while.
Not only was it a 5-minute walk to the beach, but also an easy walk to Zanders, the Sunset Bar and the Surf Club. And right across the road was a cafe (good fish & chips) and Divers Tavern and bottle shop – super handy for the essential beer and wine supplies!
If you’re looking for an alternative to a hotel room or cabin within walking distance to world famous Cable Beach, consider our villa.
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