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Staircase to the Moon - From March until October the phenomenon called Staircase to the Moon occurs, due to the full moon rising and reflecting off the exposed mudflats at extremely low tide, which creates the illusion of stairs reaching to the moon.
The winter months of May to November are dry and have a fairly consistent average maximum temperature of around 30 °C. These are the popular months to visit. During the sweltering summer months from December to March, the average maximum temperature reaches 35 °C and is accompanied by high humidity and erratic tropical downfalls. Most visitors stay away from Broome during this time.
|Avg Max||33.2 °C||32.8 °C||33.9 °C||34.4 °C||32.1 °C||29.4 °C||29.1 °C||30.3 °C||31.7 °C||32.9 °C||33.6 °C||33.5 °C|
|Avg Min||26.5 °C||26.1 °C||25.5 °C||22.7 °C||18.2 °C||15.2 °C||13.7 °C||14.7 °C||18.8 °C||22.7 °C||25.5 °C||26.5 °C|
|Rainfall||190.6 mm||201.3 mm||110.1 mm||28.6 mm||15.7 mm||14.6 mm||9.9 mm||1.5 mm||1 mm||0.5 mm||9.9 mm||76 mm|
Broome International Airport (BME) provides links to Perth, Darwin, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney as well as several smaller regional towns. [http://www.qantas.com.au/travel/airlines/flights-to-broome/economy/global/en
|Qantas]], Virgin Blue, Skywest and Air North are the main carriers.
Travelling from Perth, drivers can either take the Great Northern Highway, inland road through Newman or the North West Coastal Highway via Carnarvon and Karratha. Be aware that the trip is over 2,000 kilometres.
There is a bus service (Town Bus Service) operating seven days a week connecting Cable Beach with the main Broome town.
|Beaches of Broome||4 Sanctuary Drive Cable Beach,||Hostel||86|
|Buckley's Bush Retreat||-|
|The Lounging Lizard||-|
|Broome Oasis B&B||-|
|BroomeTown Boutique Accommodation||-|
|McAlpine House||55 Herbert Street||Hotel||-|
|Old Broome Guesthouse||-|
|Demco Bed and Breakfast||-|
|Red Emperor B&B||-|
|Stress Less Cottage||-|
|Pardoo Roadhouse||Great Northern Highway, Pardoo||Hostel||-|
|Broomes Last Resort||2 Bagot Street||Hostel||-|
|Kimberley Klub YHA||62 Frederick St||Hostel||-|
|Derby Lodge and Backpackers||15 Clarendon Street, Derby||Hostel||-|
|Kimberley Croc Backpackers||120 Konkerberry Drive, Kununurra||Hostel||-|
|Port Smith Caravan Park||-|
|Roebuck Plains Roadhouse||-|
|Broome Vacation Village||-|
|Munget Aboriginal Corporation||Dampier Peninsula||-|
|Karijini Eco Retreat||-|
|Mornington Wilderness Camp||-|
|Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat||-|
|APT Kimberley Wilderness Camps and Short Breaks||-|
|Broome Bird Observatory||-|
|Kooljaman at Cape Leveque||-|
|Habitat Resort Broome||-|
|Mercure Inn Continental Broome||1 Weld Street||Hotel||-|
|Pinctada Cable Beach||-|
|The Kimberley Grande||-|
|Best Of The Kimberley||-|
|Roebuck Bay Hotel/Motel||-|
|The Mangrove Resort Hotel||-|
|Bali Hai Resort & Spa||-|
|Rendezvous Sanctuary Resort||-|
|King Sound Resort Hotel||-|
|Kununurra Country Club Resort||-|
|Mercedes Cove ACC||Mercedes Cove||Cabins||-|
|Cable Beachside Resort||-|
|Bayside Holiday Apartments||-|
|Broome Stay Pty Ltd||-|
|Moonlight Bay Suites||52 Carnarvon Street||Apartments||-|
|Broome Beach Resort||-|
|Cable Beach Club Resort||-|
|Cocos Beach Bungalows||-|
|Palm Grove Holiday Resort||-|
|Seashells Resort Broome||-|
|Mango Camping Ground||Cnr Robert and Walcott Street||Campsite||-|
|Kimberly Klub YHA||62 Fredrick St P.O. Box 2144||HOSTEL||78|
|Roebuck Bay Backpackers||Carnarvon St PO Box 97||Hostel||76|
|Cable Beach Backpackers||12 Sanctury Road||HOSTEL||76|
Internet cafés are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.
See also: International Telephone Calls
Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.
To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.
Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:
000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.
Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.60. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.
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