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Broome is a historical pearling town situated in the Kimberley region in Western Australia. It is a well developed tourist destination, popular with Australians, in the dry season (from May to September).

In the dry months the weather is ideal. It has sunny days with temperatures around 30C and balmy evenings and nights when the temperature fall to the low twenties.

The town is situated on the Indian Ocean and the main beach, Cable Beach, is a beautiful expanse of golden sand. The sunsets on Cable Beach are magnificent and can be enjoyed on the beach or from one of the restaurants on the esplanade.

The population of the town expands from about 12,000 in the wet to a high of about 30,000 at the height of the tourist season. The camping grounds are booked out pretty early and accommodation can be hard to find at the height of the season.

The town has an interesting history based around the exploits of the men and women who developed the pearling industry, starting with the harvesting of oysters for mother of pearl in the 1880s to the current major cultured pearl farming enterprises. The riches from the pearl beds did not come cheap and the town's Japanese cemetery is the resting place of more than 900 Japanese divers who lost their lives working in the industry.


Sunset over Cable Beach, Broome

Get in[edit]

By car or bus[edit]

  • From Perth: By road approx 2200 km.
  • From Darwin: By road approx 1900 km.

By plane[edit]

  • Qantas [8] flies from Perth, Darwin, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane (however you should note that Sydney, Melbourne and Sydney only apply during the dry season, and book in advance as these are popular routes)
  • AirNorth [9] flies from Darwin and Kununurra.
  • Virgin Australia [10] has direct flights to Broome from Perth and Darwin, but do offer connections from other destinations.

Get around[edit]

By foot[edit]

Cable Beach, the Downtown, and Chinatown are separate from each other. Walking between each place can take a while (half an hour of more) and the heat can sometimes be extreme, depending on what time of the year it is.

By bus[edit]

  • The Town Bus [11] runs regular services connecting Cable Beach to downtown and Chinatown. Tickets are $4 one way or $2 for children and concession tickets.
  • Integrity Coach Lines [12] runs regular services between Perth and Broome via the Coastal Highway

By car[edit]

  • Broome Broome [13] has car and scooter hire available.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Chinatown - still the central business district of Broome and you simply cannot visit without a stroll down Chinatown. It was once the only retail area in Broome and was predominately developed by Chinese (that came over for the pearling opportunities), hence the name.
  • The beaches - Cable, Redell and Town Beaches are amazing.
  • Pearl Luggers - Two reconditioned luggers and an enthralling presentation on pearl diving by "Salty Dog" Baillieu.
  • Willie Creek Pearl Farm, about 35 km from Broome, a must see. A working pearl farm with demonstrations on pearl seeding.
  • The Wharf.
  • Gantheaume Point. Red cliffs and turquoise blue water.
  • Malcolm Douglas Broome Crocodile Farm.
  • Sun Pictures. The Worlds oldest running open air Cinema, amazingly comfortable too with deck chairs. During the course of your movie, you might experience a commercial jet fly just above the movie theatre as it comes into land at Broome Airport.

Do[edit][add listing]

-Ride camels at sunset at Cable Beach. -Visit Broome Bird Observatory - the Broome area boasts a list of around 300 bird species, the most famous being the migratory waders that visit Roebuck Bay over the summer and then depart for Siberia to breed during the southern hemisphere winter.

  • Every Tour in Broome, [1]. Broome website with tours & hotel available with local information.  edit
  • Kimberley Outback Tours (Kimberley Outback Tours - Kimberley Tours), 214 Coolibah Drive Kununurra, 08 9169 1995, [2]. Luxury kimberley tours that include cruises, helicopter rides, and en-suite accommodations.  edit
  • Scenic Flights, (08) 9192 1369, [3]. Scenic flights from Broome to the Buccaneer Archipelago, Cape Levque, Horizontal Falls and Bungle Bungle Ranges.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Broome Courthouse Markets - Open every Saturday (and Sunday during the Dry season) and is a collection of local food, handicrafts, freshwater pearls, paintings and more. A must do experience, be warned parking is hard to find so either get in early or get dropped off.
  • Pearls - available from several upmarket jewellers.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Moonlight Bay Suites [14] 51 Carnarvon st Broome, Phone +61 8 9195 5200 Right on Roebuck Bay, this place is spectacular. Fully self contained suites situated on massive manicured gardens, massive lagoon pool, and day spa facilities.
  • Broome Blue Marine Eco Tours and Accommodation [15] Funky spacious luxury self contained accommodation in a secluded Broome location which suits couples or independent travelers who are on a tight budget.
  • Cable Beach Backpackers, 12 Sanctuary Road, Phone: +61 8 9193 5511, [16]. A good spot, the only hostel close to cable beach. But make sure you book beds in advance (especially the one 7 bed dorm!), as the staff have a habit of overbooking and you'll end up sleeping in the garden at the back of the hostel. There's a small pool there, and a chaotic kitchen.
  • Cable Beach Club Resort. [17] Right on cable beach, this place is famous. Great kids club, pool scene, and chilled adults only swimming pool. You will have to save up to stay here though.
  • Broome Blue Marine Eco Tours and Accommodation, [4]. Funky spacious luxury self contained accommodation in a secluded Broome location which suits couples or independent travelers who are on a tight budget.  edit
  • Mercure Broom[18]. Phone +61 8 9195 5900. On Roebuck Bay (1km from the town centre), positioned in tropical gardens and set between red desert and azure sea. Recently refurbished, features 136 rooms, plus a restaurant, two bars and a swimming pool.
  • Oaks Broome, 99 Robinson Street, +61 7 3246 1717 (), [5]. Oaks Broome is located in the heart of Roebuck Bay in Western Australia. This holiday apartment consists of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. Other facilities include garden pools, in-room spas, a restaurant and conference rooms.  edit
  • Oaks Cable Beach Sanctuary, 1 Lullfitz Drive, Cable Beach, +61 7 3246 1718 (), [6]. checkin: 14:00 hrs; checkout: 10:00 hrs. Located in Western Australia’s Cable Beach, This resort provides 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartment accommodation and offers facilities such as lagoon style pools, infinity pools, kid’s pool, sun deck, restaurant and bar.  edit
  • Blue Seas Resort, 10 Sanctuary Road Cable Beach Broome WA 6725, +61 8 9192 0999, [7]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 10:00. Blue Seas has one/two bed room apartments, with 2 x swimming pools and BBQ facilities. It's a 10min walk from cable beach, divers and Bali Hai and has a bus station right outside for trips into town $350 (Peak Season).  edit

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Get out[edit]

Its a longer way to just about anywhere from Broome, and often not that much there when you get there.

Attractions within a day's round trip include:

  • Derby - just a couple of hours drive north, and destination for a few tour coaches.
  • Fitzroy Crossing
  • Tunnel Creek National Park - A long day trip, only accessible in the dry. The creek really does go through a natural tunnel., and nice surround park. Some park facilities there, and lots of flies.
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