Week 3 June 2016:
This week the cruise continued. On the first morning we cruised along the Kimberley coast and watched the sunrise. The following day we saw a beautiful sunrise before berthing in Broome.
There was a protracted wait to get off the ship as there was only one lane open on the Broome jetty and because of maintenance buses were restricted to walking pace along the jetty. Returning to the ship in the afternoon our bus waited for at least 30 minutes before crossing the jetty. Broome is an interesting place with plenty of history about the pearling days. There was a plethora of shops selling pearls. We took a bus ride around the town.
Two days were spent at sea before our next landfall, Geraldton. One afternoon a volunteer from Perth Zoo gave an interesting talk on marsupials. After the lecture we counted up and realised that eight marsupial species are native to Yallaroo.
After reaching Geraldton we were taken in the ship’s tenders to shore. There is no wharf available for cruise ships. We visited the memorial to HMAS Sydney, sunk off the coast in World War I with the loss of all the crew. The memorial is a poignant reminder of this maritime disaster. We also visited markets and the Western Australian Museum. At the Museum we met another Australian plant enthusiast from Melbourne. We are going to keep in touch.
That night we packed as the next day marks the end of the cruise.
Early the next morning the ship arrived at Fremantle. We left the ship at 7am then caught a bus to Perth airport. Boarded a plane to Sydney about noon (Western Australian time) and arrived in Sydney at 6 pm (eastern Australian time). From there we caught a train to western Sydney where we are staying with one our daughters for a couple of days.
The last day of the week we spent resting at our daughter’s place. The cruise was very interesting and allowed us to see places that we had only read about.