If you start at Perth and then head north, up Australia’s western coast as far as you can go, you will come to Cable Beach.

Cable Beach was named after the telegraph cable laid between the pearling town of Broome and Java in 1889. This stretch of white sand and turquoise water stretches 22 km and borders the eastern Indian Ocean.

At the southern end of Cable Beach is Gantheaume Point where at low tide, you can see 130-million-year-old dinosaur footprints. Gantheaume Point Lighthouse is also a wonderful place to watch for dolphins and migrating whales in season.

Stay at Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa which offers 26-acres of gardens leading right down to the shoreline, along with a fabulous freeform pool and luxurious rooms, all conveniently located 10 minutes from Broome airport.

The beach is used as highway for 4×4 vehicles heading north of the rocks, but it’s sheer size and width means that there is plenty of room for the beach to be used as a road as well as finding a spot to laze, paddle, sunbathe and even to camel ride (be warned – they smell very strongly). All activities are set against a magical backdrop of red ochre cliffs and of course look out upon the most wonderful sunsets.

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