I don’t think I truly have the words to describe just how I feel about this little town.
I took a chance and booked a last minute ticket. As the plane began its descent, the largest full moon I had ever seen loomed outside the window. I had arrived on the first night on the Staircase to the Moon phenomenon, and it proved to be a good omen for the rest of my stay. For three months, I had the absolute joy of living here, where the outback meets the sea.
On my very first day, I went to Cable Beach, an endless stretch of sand, with one of the most drastic tides in the world. With my tiny Perth beach being my only previous experience with the coast, I was floored by the size.
Everything about this place feels so casual and so dramatic at the same time.
Life here revolves around the water: the tide, the rain, or the things that live in it.
(including the first ocean wildlife I had ever seen. The octopus grabbed a hold of my flip flop and spit some water at me.)
If you catch them at the right time of year, mother and calf humpbacks will be passing through just off the coast.
Despite everything being parched during the dry season, there is colour to be found everywhere.
I saw some living dinosaurs.
And footprints left long ago.
The local culture involves four wheel drives, hermit crab races, and drinks on the beach.
And an everyday walk through town often felt like a trip back in time.
Or a day exploring Roebuck Bay, like going to another world.
There is something about Boabs that I truly love, and they line the streets like our maples back at home.
Gantheaume Point was where we either watched the rocks glow red at sunset, or joined wild, spontaneous beach parties.
And instead of going to a regular cinema, we’d would go to a nearly 100-year old venue and watch the bats fly across the screen.
I made a point to return to Broome for three painfully short days to finish up some loose ends, namely a Cable Beach camel ride. It felt like going home.
There is something to be said for watching the best sunset in the world from the back of a camel.
Being anywhere on the west coast is great for sunsets, but here the sky just feels so big. When the show starts, there’s nothing else to do but just stand and stare.
It still feels like home when I think about it..