Broome Mardi Gras festival
Established in 2015 by Broome Pride Inc is a colourful event that runs annually in February.Find out more about the eventOpens external site in a new window
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Broome is the 'pearl' of Western Australia's north coast, where the outback meets the ocean. Whether 5-star glamping under the stars or backpacking, you'll find sunsets feature stunning silhouettes over the ocean. Our travel guide is packed with tips of what to do in and around Broome – the western gateway to the Kimberley.
After a full day of sightseeing around Broome, choose to stay in a luxury hotel, a resort located moments from the pristine sands of Cable Beach, a fully self-contained apartment or backpacker style accommodation. Most resorts are family-friendly with outdoor swimming pools set in stunning landscapes. With a variety of places on offer to suit all budgets and tastes, you'll be sure to find a package deal for your holiday to Broome.
The gem for outdoor activities in Western Australia, there’s so many fun things to discover in Broome. With miles of stunning coast, a multicultural history and luxury resorts, it won’t take long for you to slow right down to ‘Broome time’.
You might already be dreaming of a sunset camel-ride along Cable Beach, though prepare to pack your agenda to make the most of the natural playground of the north-west of Australia. Be sure to visit a pearl farm, take a hovercraft tour and discover 120 million year old dinosaur footprints at Roebuck Bay Marine Park, learn about the town’s rich multicultural history on a walking tour or take a helicopter ride to marvel at the contrasting colours over Gantheaume Point and the rugged red Pindan Cliffs.
Broome and the Kimberley play host to a bounty of events from beach polo to Aboriginal cultural celebrations. In February join the Broome Mardi GrasOpens external site in a new window, a three day festival that see’s people from all walks of life from Broome and beyond, come together to celebrate diversity, equality and community pride. With glamour, glitter and great times spent dancing under the palm trees, be sure to join in the dance party, cabaret night and other local events that engage the entire community.
For those travelling into the Kimberley during May, watch out for the Ord Valley Muster in Kununurra. If you’re in Broome during August and September, look up the plethora of cultural and culinary events that fall under the Shinju Matsuri Festival. It’s the perfect place to start your adventure in comfort among the expansive natural playground of the north-west, where the wilderness meets the Indian Ocean.
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Go beyond Perth and experience the beauty of Broome. Just one flight from Perth and you’re there. Incredible moments are waiting.
Covering much of the north-west, the Kimberley is a world away from city life. In this expansive land, you can swim beneath waterfalls and walk among the mystical boab trees. You’ll find Aboriginal rock-art thought to be among the oldest in the world, the Horizontal Falls and the striking formations of the Bungle Bungle Range within the World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park.
The Dampier Peninsula stretches 200km north from Broome to the tip of Cape Leveque where the King Sound meets the Indian Ocean.
Jump on a tour from Broome to a local pearl farm at Willie Creek or hire a four-wheel-drive and explore the peninsula via the Cape Leveque Road, where mangroves, unique Aboriginal experiences, unspoilt coastlines and eco-retreats await.Plan your trip to Dampier PeninsulaOpens external site in a new window
From the airport: Broome airport services domestic flights and is located only 1.6km from town. The taxi rank is located outside the terminal or shuttle buses operate from many of the local hotels.
In and around the city: Broome has a hop-on hop-off bus service that operates seven days a week. There's taxis, tours or you can hire bikes. To explore the region you’ll need to hire a car or four-wheel drive.