Bea­con of the north a mag­net for great and good

Broome Advertiser - - Social Scene -

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 ca­ble­beach­ 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 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.


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 aus­tralias­north­ kim­ber­ley-mu­sic.

Pic­ture: San­dra Jack­son

Coun­try song­bird Chelsea Basham.

Pic­ture: Gemma Nis­bet

Stephen Pi­gram

Pic­ture: Leon Mead

Lord Alis­tair McAlpine

Pic­tures: Mo­gens Jo­hansen

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.

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