Broome - Pearls, Crocodiles and Camels - Another Highlight in Western Australia - BEAUTIFUL PLANET - Pictures from a great journey

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Today I am inviting you to join a trip I took several years ago, when I had the great luck to spend some months in Down Under, and to get to know a world unknown to me. Traveling definitely educates and broadens the horizon! At that time I quickly managed to reach this target and since then I have shifted my horizon further a few times and got to know and also understand much more of our fascinating planet.

Of course, I had already been abroad a few times before this big trip, and I was able to realize that there are so many new and interesting things to discover beyond my own physical and mental limits. The circumstances and situations far from home may not always make you comfortable, but those moments often take you much further than you had previously expected. Looking back, however, I must say that my positive experiences far outweigh the negative ones, and today I am very grateful to have dared to look beyond my own limited sky and seek the adventure. Even though it usually came in smaller dosed and was measured well, I still enjoyed it very much and learned a lot in the process. From and also about many other people, but also about myself. Somehow I seem to have settled down a bit recently, but the great journey I started some time ago is actually far from over. Even though since lately and especially now I'm a bit limited in my moves and , as I've been concentrating on one particular corner of our wonderful planet.

And that's exactly why it's so important that I keep reflecting on the many wonderful experiences I've had and keep remembering how I got to where I am right now. After all, my stay Down Under was perhaps the important key experience that influenced my life more than I could have imagined at that time. And that's exactly why this reflection does me so much good, even though it often drifts into the sentimental and melancholic. But that's part of it, and maybe even the salt in the soup of life. Sometimes it might be just the right pinch, and the next time you add way too much of it.

But back to Down Under and Australia, and the longer road trip that has taken me across half the country. After several wonderful stops, we are now approaching Broome, the coastal town on the Indian Ocean in the north of Western Australia. Since leaving the Western Australian metropolis of Perth, I've been on the road for a couple of weeks and we already made over 2,000 kilometers so far, which I travelled with companions from different parts of the world. Before I left Perth I had bought an inexpensive tent and since then I have slept almost continuously under the beautiful Australian starry sky. Of course there is the reason that there were no other places to stay expect on a camp side, but I figured right away that that was a good thing and exactly what I needed at that time.

And after I now had spent a longer time far away from civilization, it somehow felt as if we would head for a large city, with pulsating life and full of energy. But after all, we were still in the north of Western Australia, and pulsating city life was fortunately not to be expected up here.

Today's selection of pictures should show and share some of the impressions and memories from my visit to Broome, which still stick in my mind. Just sit back and relax and have a look together with me...

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Before we arrived in Broome, there was still a bit of a road ahead of us. But here in Australia this way was exactly my real goal, and even though I often had to move on again the next day, I more than once felt I had arrived exactly when I was heading for. When I was setting up the camp for the night, I felt that this was the best place to be at this very moment. And I also got accustomed to the red and dusty environment and enjoyed these quiet, wide and so wonderful views, which I was offered day by day..

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Australia is a huge country with enormous dimensions, which of course are reflected in the daily life. When you stand there and look at those oversized road trains, you can feel the country's energy. It is better to get out of the way of these power packs and let them go their way, even normal overtaking on empty country roads becomes thrilling when you try to slowly pass the roaring and never-ending vehicles.

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That Australia can be a country of extremes can be seen well in the many lakes and rivers that exist despite the aridity throughout most parts of the country. In some seasons there is not much to see and the landscape is dry and dusty up to the horizon. But when it does rain, many of these rivers suddenly swell and can become raging streams that disappear again just shortly thereafter. You can easily see how much the water level changes by looking at the rocks, the white layer shows where the water regularly rises to. At the moment it is at least 5 meters below the maximum mark.

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And then suddenly we were in Broome and also back to the sea. The are was suddenly so much greener and seemed much more tropical than during the last days in the outback. Somehow the civilized world really had us back.

Broome was once known as the pearl capital of the South Seas. After pearls were found on the seabed in front of the town, adventurers from all over the world came here, many of them Japanese and Chinese and also inhabitants of many South Sea islands. At its peak, 80% of the world's pearl production came from Broome until the Great Depression and the rise of artificial and cultured pearls ended the pearl boom. Economically, the town fell into insignificance in the first half of the 20th century. Today Broome lives mainly from tourism, which is the main source of income for the city , which is now also easily accessible from abroad through the city's international airport.

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One of the sights of the city is the Japanese cemetery with 600 graves from the time of the pearl boom. At that time, there was a large Asian community here in Broome, with the Japanese making up the majority. Pearl diving was certainly a dangerous business, and the biggest profit was not made by those who were diving for the pearls, but by the smart businessmen in fine clothes who organized and controlled the whole business. Even though Broome experienced racially motivated conflicts in the past, the city now hosts the annual Shinju Matsuri, the "Festival of the Pearl". This festival celebrates the fusion and blending of different cultures that the pearl industry has fostered.

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Even though the African continent is many thousands of miles away, the baobab trees there, have somehow found there way here to Western Australia. Probably some seeds of these gigantic trees have made it by sea from Africa to Australia, where they then spread further and started to grow those interesting trees. Nature always manages to surprise and amaze.

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And here they are at last. What would Australia be without crocodiles! There wasn't much space for those little cuties in the last few articles, but now they are here in full splendor. Of course, I had seen some fancy representatives of these armored lizards in Australia before, but here in Broome we had taken the time to check out one the more famous crocodile parks. In the wild, I don't necessarily have the desire to face them up close, but coming here and checking them out was a great experience.

Here in the crocodile farm Crocodile Park we were on the safe side and could observe and marvel at those giants from a safe distance or behind a safe and strong fence. Really impressive, especially if you consider that the crocodiles - together with all the birds - are the last living representatives of the group of archosaurs, from which also the dinosaurs originated.

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There they lie in the sun, so quietly and peacefully, and it seems as if they could not even harm a hair on someone's head. But as soon as you would approach this small group, I figure that there would be a lot of action down there and you would have to fight off numerous snapping mouths. That's why we preferred to watch from behind the fence, fortunately my sense of relativity hasn't completely diminished even after months here in the country.

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Same here with those guys, you don't really want to get in on the action and leave the petting to other, more courageous or probably more fun-loving visitors. In some crocodile farms there are special feedings shows to see and other performances that are not necessarily worthy of imitation. Australia manages to always provide another adrenaline rush.

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There are two types of crocodiles in Australia, the saltwater crocodile and the freshwater crocodile, also known as the Australian crocodile. While the latter can reach a size of up to 3 meters and is found only in inland waters, the saltwater crocodile makes it to over 5 meters and occurs not only in the rivers and lakes of Australia, but also near the coast in the sea. On some beaches in the north of Australia, there are explicit warnings against these guys and swimming is surely not recommended. A rendezvous with a saltwater crocodile means life-threatening danger for all of, whereas a meeting with an Australian crocodile might have a less serious outcome. Probably the latter would even move away by itself, if it perceives our presence.

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Allegedly, warning signs regarding Australia crocodiles tell about the risk of serious injury, but concerning the much more aggressive saltwater crocodiles they explicitly warn about the danger to life. But actually, I am sure that most of us would rather not face either one somewhere out in nature, even if they look so fascinating.

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Allegedly, warning signs regarding Australia crocodiles warn of the possibility of serious injury, while the much more aggressive groin crocodiles are explicitly warned of danger to life. But actually, one would rather not face both representatives personally, even if they look so fascinating.

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But I also have to admit that I would have loved to reach out my hand here to touch it and see what a crocodile tail feels like. But who knows if I would still have had my hand on my arm after that.

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As soon as you look into the mouth of these guys and take a closer look at the teeth inside, you quickly start to wonder whether you shouldn't keep a little more distance. If such a crocodile has the chance to grab you with its teeth, it usually doesn't let go and pulls you into the deep water. I surely wasn't looking to go for that kind of experience.

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And even behind double wire mesh fence you still feel a thrill, which is part of the whole experience here in the crocodile farm, where they perfectly maintain and stimulate such feelings. After visiting here, I suddenly had a lot more respect for nature and all the creatures that roam around. But I actually didn't need any lesson on that.

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Here in Broome there are not only crocodiles to see, but also lots of camels, which were introduced to the Australian continent by the Europeans in the 19th century and which were later released into the wild. Formerly used as beasts of burden, these animals were well suited to the dry and hot and rather extreme living conditions prevailing here. In the last century, however, railroads and truck traffic made sure that the camels were no longer needed. In freedom, they were then able to breed without being interfered with, as for them there were no natural enemies in Australia. This led to big damages in the animal world and the landscapes of the continent, shooting and also the effecrts of a long drought led however to the fact that the population decreased a lot. According to estimations there are about 300,000 dromedaries today in Australia.

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Some of these feral animals have been recaptured and are now kept for different purposes especially for tourism. Camel tours into the outback or along the beach of Broome are a popular attraction for many visitors here in the North. For the Australian aborigines the camels are more of a nuisance, as they often pollute and damage water sources and also residential areas and also threaten their sacred sites, which are often located far away in the outback.

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But the people of Australia must eventually come to terms with the camels, and find a solution as to how all can coexist. After all, it was man who introduced these handsome animals to the Australian continent and thus ensured their spread here.

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Even though we continued camping, we allowed ourselves the luxury of an official campground, where we even had a pool. I guess we needed some relaxing and lying by the pool at that moment, and I was planning to be back on the road and to head for new adventures soon.

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But before that I enjoyed the beauty of this city and this coast and was happy to enjoy some more sunsets. I love watching the sun sinking into the sea, bathing the sky and the whole place in such a wonderful light. I never get enough of this spectacle, even today it draws me all the time inevitably to the sea, where I then just sit and look at the horizon and dream about what could be going on at the other end of this endless ocean.

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But now it was time to say goodbye to the coast and the sea, as the rest of the journey would take me further and deeper inland. And I was looking forward to that again, there was still so much to see in this great country. But also just not enough time to really go anywhere I would like to go.

Fortunately, my trip was not over yet and I still had some adventures ahead of me. But another time there will be more to see and read about the rest of trip, for today I'll just indulge in my memories a little more.

I wish you a wonderful weekend, let's dream together of the beauty of our world.

See you soon!



Please let us not forget, wherever
we travel, let us protect our
beautiful planet and let us only
leave footprints.




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