September 9, 2012
Broome Bird Observatory
Our first few days in Broome were actually spent a few miles outside town at Broome Bird Observatory. This paradise for birdwatchers has a campground, several walking tracks, and access to the mudflats and beach nearby. It's also a good place to get to know other Australian birdwatchers.
They have a small no-hookup campground and one of the sites has a bowerbird bower. If you've never heard of a bowerbird and their unusual behaviour take a look at this.
Each day staff at the obervatory travel around the region to record bird number. There's a picture below of one of these guys checking birds at the Broome sewer plant.
Broome Birds Observatory website.
Broome Bird Observatory Campsite
Great Bowerbird Bower In Campground
Mud Flats Overlook
Checking Birds At the Broome Sewer Plant
Broome is as close as it gets to a city up here in northwestern Australia.
More about Broome.
From the pictures below you'll see that there's a definite tropical ambiance here.
Broome Street Scene
Another Shot of Broome
Nearby Cable Beach
Rig of the Week
Pickup campers are unusual in Australia. This one (and the few we've seen elswhere) is actually mounted on a flat bed. These flatbeds or similar "trays" are much more common in Australian than the contoured pickup beds we're accustomed to in the U.S.