Beautiful multicultural Broome slowly reveals its hand for those prepared to wait. Amid vibrant outback colours you’ll find top touring opportunities, art, ancient Dreamings and prosperity founded on pearls.
For a casual afternoon, rest up on Cable Beach and wait for the camel train to pass at dusk. Or chase the ocean’s bounty via charter and team your catch with fine wine. Corrugated roads lead to the gorges of Gibb River Road. Or to the turquoise waters at Cape Leveque on the fiery Dampier Peninsula, 200km north.
It’s red outback, frontier town and a coastal paradise all rolled into one.
PEARLS, PEARLS, PEARLS
Oysters favour the Indian Ocean’s fertile waters and for years Broome locals have harvested their pearls. Board a restored pearling rig and discover the latest farming methods on the Willie Creek Pearl Farm Tour. Or, for Broome’s pearling history and more at your own pace, browse beautifully-preserved collections at the Broome Museum.
ART AND CULTURE
The Kimberley is the perfect muse and you’ll find impressive tributes within Broome’s heart. Secure original pieces at private galleries operated by local photographers, jewellers and other creatives. You’ll find many scattered about town, with a few congregated near Cable Beach Road.
Keen to catch a flick? Pack a pillow like a local for the latest films hosted in the world’s oldest operating picture garden, the Sun Outdoor Cinemas. The historic theatre, also comprising an indoor cinema, is within Broome’s China town precinct.
BROOME BIRD OBSERVATORY
East of Broome, watch birds roost on the shores of Roebuck Bay at the Broome Bird Observatory then wander through grasslands and mangroves at your own pace. Or, for insight into birds and their habitats, join a guide for a detailed tour.
STAIRCASE TO THE MOON, ROEBUCK BAY
Match the lunar phases with the tides to watch a luminous staircase form in the mudflats, as the full moon rises over Roebuck Bay. Locals celebrate the phenomena with live music and a market every four or so weeks between March and October in the Town Square.
GANTHEAUME POINT AND TOURING BROOME
Set the alarm for a glorious morning tracking the Old Giant Emu Man with Narlijia Cultural Tours commencing at a midden site, commonly known as Kennedys Hill. By 4WD, Bart Pigram will take you to a spectacular fossilised theropod he’d rediscovered just two years ago, linking Gantheaume Point and southern Cable Beach with Goolarabooloo’s ancient Dreaming.
Gantheume Point is open to the public and a ramp provides access to the beach by 4WD. It is also a popular launching point for touring Broome and beyond, whether you’re chasing barramundi, the Horizontal Falls, or spotting dugongs playing and breaching whales.
Tickle the taste-buds at Matso’s Brewery in town, where you’ll find the perfect beer, with 16 brewed onsite, coffee and the popular Curry Hat restaurant on-site. Popular sips including ginger, mango and the Hit the Toad beer preservative-free.
Or, for a sweet treat, team tropical smoothies and mango wine with pizza beneath shade at the Mango Place 15 minutes from Broome.
Find yourself centre stage as the sun sets on a classic Aussie scene, aboard a camel train on Cable Beach. Here, experienced handlers will ease your mind as the sun sets on rolling tides.
Or, just pull up a deck chair on white, pristine sands with fish and chips and enjoy. This fabulous, iconic beach is available 4WD if locking in hubs is more your style.
TOURING BROOME AND THE KIMBERLEY BY AIR
Hit the air for a birds-eye view of the Kimberley, including the fabulous Horizontal Falls and the pristine Dampier Peninsula, Kimbolton Ranges and the Thousand Islands.
Fly Broome, offers a complete service and operates year-round.