Balmy Winter sunset BBQs and camel rides on the beach in Broome, WA

Written by Gary on June 18th, 2013

Winter in Melbourne, Australia is a cool affair with maximum temperatures around 12-14deg C, lovely for bushwalking but hardly warming for the soul needing a bit of Winter UV light and warmth.

Time to have a break in the Australian tropics, and Cable Beach at Broome in Western Australia is a lovely spot to just relax and enjoy the wonderful climate there this time of year.

Whilst Broome brags that they have some 300 nights a year of clear sky and being remote, is a great place for astronomy, this time of year the weather tends to range from an overnight low of around 17degC to a lovely high of 28-30degC during the day with clear blue skies and lovely sunsets looking across the Indian Ocean.

The water is warm and relatively safe for swimming at this time of year.

Travelling light with my Micro Four Thirds camera kit consisting of my Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera, Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens, Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 pancake lens, Samyang 7.5mm fisheye lens and I was ready for most things, in particular, the sunsets on the beach:

First, a welcome to a beach BBQ at sunset – who could resist the temptation of a refreshing glass or two of champagne on a gorgeous evening with no nasty insects around to bother you (yes, that is one of the benefits of Winter – not so many insects) – these 1st two were taken with the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens:

welcome drinks

An awesome buffet spread and you will note in the background are some of the telescopes set up by Greg from AstroTours to give us all a tour of the heavens and some lovely views of Saturn and one of my favorite sights, the Omega Centauri globular cluster:

BBQ and telescopes

No trip to Cable Beach could be complete without some shots of the camel rides at sunset (taken with the 75mm lens):

camel rides

camel rides

camel rides

and some of us could not resist getting the iPhone out to tell the world how gorgeous this was (note, for fun, I added a painterly effect in Lightroom for this one):



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