Cruisy, snoozy and boozy times in Broome

We have been taking it pretty easy on this trip – at least I thought we had. Turns out it was all just a warm up for our cruisy, snoozy and boozy month in paradise (otherwise known as Broome). And doing a whole lotta nothin.

Cable beach sunset and wine
This is what Monday arvos look like these days

Life in Broome – if you’re lucky enough to swing by here and lounge about anytime it’s not school holidays – is incredibly easy. No crowds, great community, markets, stellar weather (at this time of year), no crocs on beaches (well, not that often anyway). As a place to end up and settle down for a while – it ticks a lot of boxes. If only it wasn’t so bloody far away from everywhere. Up to $2000 for return tix to Syd. If we ever did decide to move here, I could easily understand why friends and family, if they were cashed up to the tune of a few grand, may prefer to spend that on, say, a trip to New York, rather than a domestic flight to the West Coast. Then again, if you did want to escape the rest of Australia, and the world, but still have glorious beaches, 4G and a Target (urban conveniences I no longer take for granted) –  Broome may be just the place for you.

Camels sunset Cable Beach
Peak hour on Cable Beach

Here is a typical day in the almost month we have spent at Cable Beach:

  • Wake up whenever. Go for a walk along the beach. Or not. Whatever
  • Coffee, coffee..more coffee. Care not a bit about what the kids are up to as they roam the caravan park with their posses of kids from other travelling families.
  • Wander to the pool. Swim, lie in the sun, read, snooze. Repeat. Repeat again. Until cider o’clock.
  •  4WD down to Cable Beach – swim, drink something bubbly, watch sunset. Kids roam free – in the water, up the dunes, kicking a footy, chasing camel
  •  Head back and kids from kindred spirit travelling fams all hang out at one camper and watch a movie or play games. Adults from kindred spirit travelling fams sit around at another camper, drink wine and gas bag.
Weekday arvo ciders by the pool with the travelling mums – Doing it tough

One night, to mix it up, the mums had a girls night out  – champers at the Mangrove Hotel (a must do in Broome – it’s beautiful) to watch the Broome phenomenon of Staircase to the Moon  – where a huge, full, red moon rises over the mud flats at low tide, the reflection creating an effect where it looks like stairs leading up to the moon. It was spectacular  – and impossible for an iPhone to take a decent photo of it…so here is a post card I took a photo of. Practically the same thing.

Staircase to the moon

The best part? “Kimberley casual” (short, singlet, thongs) – is perfectly acceptable girls night out attire in these parts. And we even managed a boogie at the local tavern – before stumbling back to the caravan park, continuing to belt out Bon jovi #trailertrashbags (sorry Cable Beach residents who had to hear that…at least Petersham residents back in Sydney are getting a break from my singing)

Amidst this gruelling schedule we have squeezed in a bit of school work, an occasional tourist activity, some fishing, a visit from Nanna and Pop, the local AFL grand final, fireworks, Shinju Matsuri (the annual Pearl festival).

Fun times.

But then…
With all this lounging about, without hikes, or driving, or packing up the camper trailer -or really activity of any kind whatsoever, to distract me, a few somewhat worrying thoughts have been creeping in. Most pressing of which is – how much longer will our money last? Our expenses these days are very modest, compared to the cashola we used to throw around without a second thought back in Sydney. Of course in Sydney we had a bank balance that would get topped up every month (even if it was depleted very quickly afterwards). Now we have no income, the bank balance only goes in one direction. Down, down, down. So the thought of even modest expenses are occupying a lot of my lying by the pool time at the moment. And then there are the not so modest expenses – we have had to fork over many, many thousands of dollars to Broome mechanics as stuff continues to fall off our camper trailer, and our car, with the 30,000 kms – or so , we have travelled, and our Gibb River Road adventure  having caught up with us and our gear. It seems like every day a new warning light starts to flash, or something new starts to clunk, or catch on fire. Yep – a small electrical fire under the drivers seat from the air compressor while the hubby was pumping up the tyres on a red dirt corrugated road in 40 degree heat – was quite eventful. And, eek – car fires no doubt = more $$$. Argh.

Camper trailer break down
This happens a lot. Sigh

Other concerning thoughts that are starting to disturb all this relaxation – Where are we going to end up (now we have reluctantly ruled out Broome)? What are we going to do when this trip is over? Having started in Sydney and now arrived at the Indian Ocean, I feel like we are sort of on the “home” stretch. Although we don’t have a home. So who knows where we are stretching to.

I do know that our life on the road, and the money we set aside for our life on the road, won’t last forever. Eventually, sadly, we will have to make some plans beyond going to another beach, or visiting another winery.

I have managed the transition from hard working lawyer to layabout very successfully. I imagine that the transition from unemployed bum to something more productive may prove to be quite difficult. How the hell are we ever going to be able to return to reality now we are so used to floating in turquoise water on a Tuesday afternoon? How?? The worry of it all is causing me to……

Oops – just fell asleep again.

Bush bath Pender Bay

Back to the task at hand. For now,  we do have more beaches (and eventually wineries) to visit. So stress,and reality, and productivity, will all have to wait a bit longer as we continue to cruise, snooze and booze our way down the west coast.

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I am (was?) a corporate lawyer who has packed it all in and hit the road. With my hubby, three young kids, Bonnie (our 4WD) and "The Shack" (our camper trailer), we are taking a year (or so) to forget about work and city life, enjoy our amazing country – beaches, mountains, outback, desert, food, wine and adventure – and figure out what we want to do next.

5 thoughts on “Cruisy, snoozy and boozy times in Broome

  1. Hi Jac,
    Make the most of it. We are home again and so wish we were still travelling. Needless to say, travel gets the mind ticking…why do we choose to live here, is this the best way to spend life, do we really need the big home when our box on wheels provides everything etc…etc…

    Relax. The answers to your worrying thoughts can be found at the end of the bottle. Should the answers not be found, then best you open another. Works a treat for Doug and I!

    Enjoy the journey guys!


  2. Wow! Great blog!
    Mine the energy of your minds…may the kids ask great questions for a long, long time!
    Cruisy, snoozy, boozy…Carry on!
    Gerry & Sandy


  3. I love your blog! Your “tell it how it is” approach is great and I have to admit to laughing out loud to a few of your comments! Especially in your very open article with the warts and all view.

    We moved from Leichhardt, Sydney to Wynnum/Manly, Brisbane 4 years ago to get away from the rat race. Then, finally, decided to rent the house out and head off for a year a few months ago. This was, of course, after many years of talking about it and it not being quite the right time. We are just starting to pack up the house, getting ready to start out trip around Oz in 11 weeks. As an ICT Project Manager I can’t wait to reduce the stress and live from day to day without having to plan 3 months out!

    Keep posting and I’ll keep following. Love it! Thanks, Katie


    1. You will love it!! It’s never really the right time, but once you get going then it’s the perfect time. You won’t know yourself after a few weeks out of the office. Good luck with the lead up to leaving – no doubt it will be hectic… but worth it. Enjoy!


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