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Sunset over Cable Beach, Broome

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.

Get in

By car or bus

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

By plane

Get around

By foot

Cable Beach, the Downtown, and Chinatown are separate from each other.

By bus

  • The Town Bus [5] runs regular services connecting Cable Beach to downtown and Chinatown.

By car

  • Broome Broome [6] has car and scooter hire available.


  • 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. An unusual open air cinema with deck chairs. It shows up to date films


-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.


  • Pearls - available from several upmarket jewellers.




  • Moonlight Bay Suites [7] 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 [8] 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, [9]. 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. [10] 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, [1]. Funky spacious luxury self contained accommodation in a secluded Broome location which suits couples or independent travelers who are on a tight budget.
  • Mercure Broom[11]. 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.

Get out

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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