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Things you should know about Broome

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1. Its very hot even in the dry season
2. There are two seasons- wet and dry and even the dry season is humid
3. There is no postal service to homes in Broome. People have to pick
up their mail from a post box at Australia Post or other designated post
4. There are no traffic lights but some huge round-a-bouts instead
5. There is no need to rush in Broome- its too hot to hurry!
6. If a road train with a full load of cattle is behind you, get out of
the way!
7. The red dust you hear about really can get into everything and is so
beautiful, you'll never forget it.
8. There's something really special about the boab trees
9. If you're backpacking, go to Broome, there's always jobs available
including running the Camel Safari, working in shops/restaurants and the
many lovely resorts
10. Once you've been there, you'll want to go back :-)

Broome was a blast and I'm so glad I went (and left a large chunk of my pay
there, but what else are holidays for? ;-) )

Seeing the brolgas in their natural habits was a real highlight. Reminds me
of a Christmas song we sang as children and doesn't get sung anymore.


Caine says:

Googled Brolgas and did some good reading from the Australia zoo. Fantastic shots.

9th Oct 2008, 07:25

jesson says:

I couldn't believe how lucky I was to get these. They're actually through a bus window which is why they're a bit fuzzy.

9th Oct 2008, 09:54

Caine says:

I know that feeling! They are remarkably beautiful, and pretty big too.

10th Oct 2008, 07:34

jesson says:

'Carol of the birds' is the song from my childhood. (Orana means 'Welcome)'
Carol of the Birds
Out on the plains the brolgas are dancing
Lifting their feet like war horses prancing
Up to the sun the woodlarks go winging
Faint in the dawn light echoes their singing
Orana! Orana! Orana to Christmas Day

Down where the tree ferns grow by the river
There where the waters sparkle and quiver
Deep in the gullies bell-birds are chiming
Softly and sweetly their lyric notes rhyming
Orana! Orana! Orana to Christmas Day

Friar birds sip the nectar of flowers
Currawongs chant in the wattle tree bowers
In the blue ranges lorikeets calling
Carols of bushbirds rising and falling
Orana! Orana! Orana to Christmas Day

Written by: William Garnet James & John Wheeler

12th Oct 2008, 01:43

Viv says:

thanks for the info sounds a very interesting place

imposing birds

12th Oct 2008, 14:41

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