10. Broome, Western Australia
Best Beaches: Cable Beach, Town Beach, Willie Creek, Quandong.
There’s always been something seductive about the west. Perhaps it’s watching a red sun slip into an ocean that doesn’t stop till it hits Africa, 8000 kilometres away. Or is it the tropical storms that can hit without warning, but which pass just as swiftly, leaving an umistakably sultry tropical perfume? Broome is one of Australia’s most interesting communities; a place founded on enterprise (the pearling trade attracted people from all over Asia lured by high wages for almost suicidal risk) and fringed by sacred Aboriginal homeland (the Kimberley). Broome’s beaches refl ect its outback character; ringed by rugged scrub and a flat, clear ocean that changes shade from opaque blue to emerald green and then to ochre when the sun sinks into it.
Being here alone makes you feel like you might be balanced right on the edge of the world and there’s a sexy solitude about that. But, come late afternoon at Cable Beach and each day a crowd gathers for the best sunset show in the country, where you can drink cocktails in stylish bars and restaurants positioned to enjoy one of nature's best shows in style. However, Cable Beach isn’t Broome’s only fabulous beach option, the town’s actually full of great beaches. For extra sexy solitude why not take a 4WD north to Cape Leveque for your own private piece of paradise?