Beacon of the north a magnet for great and good
With its multicultural roots, history and exotic beauty, Broome delivers razzle and dazzle, writes Stephen Scourfield
Glitzy events bring a sparkle to locals’ eyes, and draw visitors.
There is the Broome Cup horse race on August 18 and Shinju Matsuri festival of the pearl from August 25-September 2.
But first there’s the Airnorth Cable Beach Polo in May, which this year welcomes UK chef Jack Stein. He is creating the menu from Kimberley produce for a Dinner Under the Stars on Saturday, May 26.
On the same day, singer Chelsea Basham will perform for spectators in the VIP marquee. WA-born Basham was Female Artist of the Year at the 2017 CMC Music Awards, and has received a Golden Guitar and APRA Music Award.
DJ Daimon Downey will entertain guests all weekend. The three-day food, music and fashion festival that goes with it is from May 25-27.
Airnorth Cable Beach Polo producer Marilynne Paspaley says: “The Cable Beach Polo is excited to work with Jack Stein in creating a sumptuous feast for our guests at the Dinner Under the Stars.
“Jack will offer a valuable insight into the pristine nature of the region and its premium-grade foods through this internationally broadcast television series.”
Stein says WA is one of the best places in the world for the quality of its food produce, and is looking forward to a Kimberley experience.
And Paspaley, of course, is also a celebrity. Many will remember her role as Dr Tessa Korkidas in the 1990s TV series GP.
See cablebeachpolo.com.au. Broome has celebrity.
It has hubris; a certain vanity, a certain swagger.
It has a bit of sparkle and shimmer; glimmer and dazzle. A certain radiance. It is international, with pearling roots more than 100 years deep that help to make it multicultural; Aboriginal, European, Koepanger, Malay, Chinese and Japanese cultures stirred and heated under the northern sun, releasing a cosmopolitan fragrance.
Broome is exotic, tropical and sultry.
Broome is red lattice against a green border; white frangipanis against red earth; mango against a China blue sky.
The sky luminous; the sun radiant. It is a colourful antidote for the black-and-white routine of work-home lives.
Broome is the Kimberley’s Tinseltown; somewhere to cheer yourself up. Broome has celebrity. Broome is a celebrity.
BROOME’S CELEBRITY CHARACTERS
Broome has courted its share of celebrities.
The roots of the modern tourism phenomenon might be traced to Englishman Lord Alistair McAlpine, who bought a front-row block of land and made it somewhere to stay.
Kylie Minogue, Miranda Kerr, Orlando Bloom, Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Elton John and Barry Humphries have all sneaked into Broome at various times.
Kris Jenner and daughter Kendall caused a buzz when they were in town for a fashion shoot.
One of WA’s most famous sons, Rove McManus, was drawn to Broome to marry actress Tasma Walton.
And who could forget the “Anna and Tim” era of Bachelor Australia, when Australia’s first Bachelor, Tim Robards, picked and pledged his heart to Anna Heinrich.
The Bachelorettes had stayed just south of Broome during the show.
And plenty of celebrities have been reported openly stating their feelings about Broome over the years.
Former Fremantle Dockers captain and now media personality Peter Bell has said it is a place he likes to go with the family in the middle of winter, for its solitude, space and clear skies. West Coast Eagles legend Glen Jakovich just reckons it’s a great place for great fishing, sunsets and a cold beer.
Former teammate Karl Langdon has said the same about the fishing.
SOMETHING TO SING ABOUT
Broome has bohemian rhythms.
While the Pigram family are Broome’s local musical celebrities, other musicians like it here, too.
Singer Missy Higgins says its somewhere she can write — and, indeed, she called it home for six months after releasing her 2004 album The Sound of White and wrote some of the songs for her next album.
Alex Lloyd and Dan Sultan joined Stephen Pigram in starring in a series of short documentaries, Kimberley Music.
They tell why the Kimberley stimulates them to write — how it appears in their music.
As Higgins said in the documentary about her: “I found a place where I felt like I could be myself and I could be not watched by everybody.
“Broome just came along at the right time.
“It just made me remember why I do what I do and why I love music and who I am at the core of everything.”
Kimberley Music streams at australiasnorthwest.com/ kimberley-music.
Country songbird Chelsea Basham.
Lord Alistair McAlpine
A camel train returns home after a sunset tour at Cable Beach.
White frangipanis and red lattice — classic Broome.
Tasma Walton married Rove McManus in Broome.