Living at “Earth’s edge” …LA Times

Swept away by Down Under’s West coast

Broome in the Kimberley, Western Australia, has few residents, much white sand and red cliffs, and a handful of hotels, spas and wilderness retreats for the adventurous visitor.

Western AustraliaOn Cable Beach in Western Australia, visitors can take rides on camels, which were introduced to the area as pack animals. (Sally Tagg / April 15, 2010)

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By Amanda Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times

This is for those who don’t mind traveling to Earth’s edge to get somewhere extraordinary.

Broome is in the Kimberley, a hunk of Western Australia the size of California but whose population is only 41,000 hide-skinned, Akubra-sporting (you know, the iconic hat) individuals. It also has some of the country’s whitest sand, warmest waters, reddest cliffs and most outlandish geological formations.

And those hide-skinned people are almost bizarrely kind. Without fail, if you pull over to look at a map, take a photo or argue with your navigator, they stop their car to ask, “Youse alroight?” If you’re not alroight, they seem to find joy in dropping whatever they are doing to help

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley)
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