One of the places on our list to visit in Broome was Gantheaume Point because there are dinosaur footprints in the rocks near the shore. How exciting! You can only see them at very low tides so we tried to time our visit with one of the lower tides during the week. I had no idea what awaited us other than I knew there were some fake dinosaur footprint casts so that there would be something to see even if you visited when the tide was too high. But I had no idea what a beautiful spot this was! Look at this red dirt with the blue sea and white sand beach in the distance. What a view! The rock formations were just incredible. You can guess from the name that the land comes to a point, the scenery was amazing in both directions. We easily found the fake dinosaur footprints on a large rock. Then we wandered around to see what else we could find. There were signs noting the cliffs could make for dangerous climbing. I’d read there was a well-worn path to the dinosaur prints but whoever wrote that must have had better eyesight than me! We had great fun climbing over rocks and taking in the view. I think this is what’s left of Anastasia’s Pool. It was damaged in a storm within the last couple of years. The pool was created by a couple who lived in the lighthouse keeper’s cottage, the wife suffered from arthritis. I suppose the tide must have come in far enough to fill the pool where she could soak and take in the view. The kids are always thrilled to find a large crab, alive or dead. Have you noticed the hair yet? Both SkeeterBug (11) and JitterBug (8) had their hair cut very, very short while we were in Broome. It was way overdue. This is the third lighthouse that has been built here! This one is a stainless steel tower with an electric light. It’s all automatic and requires no keeper. It’s certainly not the prettiest or fanciest lighthouse we’ve seen, but it did have a really cool feature. A huge bird’s nest. Can you see it? We could see and hear birds flying around the lighthouse which is what drew our attention to the nest. Fancy having to do the maintenance on this tower, you’d be dive-bombed by birds the whole time! We have no idea if we saw any real dinosaur footprints that day. We certainly didn’t see any that look like the casts and I’ve read there are some that look just like them. We saw some big shapes that might have been footprints, but we weren’t sure. I think the tide was not low enough for us to see most of them.
Gantheaume Point, Broome
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