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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Oct-Nov 2012
Active RetireesTM | 21 pearling, and some of the world’s best cultured pearls are grown just up the coast – then head out to Willie Creek to see how pearls are created and harvested. The ropes of gleaming pearls in the shops are stunning, with prices to match, so I walk away empty-handed. Along the way, though, I learn all about lustre, colour and size – everything I need to recognise my perfect pearl when I see it! Back in town, I drop into the Pearl Lugger centre, where 150 years of local pearling history unfolds beside an original wooden lugger that took divers out to the ocean pearl farms, and see equipment used in those early, risky dives that cost many lives. Educational shopping is hungry, thirsty work! Luckily, there is no shortage of eating choices in Broome. At Matso’s Brewery I taste craft beers, including a ginger beer that has a real taste of the tropics, before heading to a Japanese restaurant that seems a perfect fit in this town, built as it was by Japanese, Malay and Filipino pearl divers seeking their fortunes in the South Seas. There is much more to see, but I prefer to enjoy this laidback interlude and just hang out in Broome. •• ! Adate with a camel means being carried across Cable Beach's famed sands in a comfortable saddle. star-studded nights No visit to Broome is complete without a night in a deckchair at Sun Pictures, watching a movie under a canopy of stars. The venue for the premiere of the movie Bran Nue Day, filmed in Broome in 2009, Sun Pictures is in Chinatown and was originally built as an emporium selling Asian foods, clothing and household goods to Broome’s polyglot community. It became a cinema in 1916, and the building was placed on Western Australia’s State Register of Heritage Places in 1995. It is now the world’s oldest outdoor cinema. The stars aren't just overhead and on the silver screen – Broome is a favourite holiday destination for celebrities, and the locals tend to let them be. Supermodels Jerry Hall, Miranda Kerr and Elle Macpherson have all spent time here, as have Australian actors Hugh Jackman and Guy Pearce, and the Minogue sisters Kylie and Dannii. w: www.broome movies.com.au
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