6 Things You Must Do Around Broome
Travelling to Australia’s north-west corner? Here are six experiences you can’t miss.
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Broome is where exotic beaches, sunset cocktails and luxurious pearls meet rugged wilderness, clear turquoise water and a backdrop of some of the most stunning landscapes on the planet.
A place where you can marvel at dinosaur footprints, gaze at billion-star skies or relax by a pristine sandy beach. Where dolphins and whales play in clear waters while camels trail the shore, and where roads wind into the depths of Australia’s last great wilderness.
With a year-round tropical climate, 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. Here are some more ideas to add to your holiday agenda:
For those travelling into the Kimberley during May, watch out for the Ord Valley Muster. 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.
Broome is the perfect place to start your adventure in comfort amongst the expansive natural playground of the north-west, where the wilderness meets the Indian Ocean.
Known as the ‘pearl of the north’ and famous for its lively history as a frontier town, Broome was at the heart of the world pearling industry when thousands of pearlers from Europe and Asia populated the city in their quest for a fortune.
This blend of cultures is still visible in Broome. No more so than in Chinatown, the aptly-named city-centre, checkered with heritage buildings including Sun Pictures - the oldest operating outdoor theatre in the world.
Today Broome attracts visitors from around the globe eager to marvel at nature. With Cable Beach on its doorstep and some of the most stunning sunsets imaginable, you’ll find plenty of options here to fill your days. For those heading into the Kimberley, you’ll appreciate the dining and pearl-shopping - before taking to the expansive lands beyond.
The Dampier Peninsula stretches 200km north from Broome to the tip of Cape Leveque where 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.
For an unexpected taste of Europe, visit the historic Sacred Heart Church, elaborately decorated with pearl shell and built by the Pallottine Monks and the Nyul Nyul people of Beagle Bay in 1918. And for the best culinary tips of the region, read about Neil Perry's Broome on Travel Insider.
Known as ‘Australia’s last great wilderness’, the Kimberley covers much of north-western Australia including Broome and the Dampier Peninsula - It’s so remote you might forget that the rest of the world even exists.
In this expansive land you can swim beneath secluded waterfalls and walk among the mystical boab trees. You’ll find Aboriginal rock-art thought to be among the oldest discovered in the world, the Horizontal Waterfalls and the striking formations of the Bungle Bungle Range within the World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park.
The options for adventure are plentiful here, but don’t expect to tick them all off in a day. The Kimberley covers an overwhelming 423,000 square kilometres of wilderness. With towering limestone cliffs, gorges and even pristine tropical beaches - any corner of this utopia is sure to deliver experiences that feel out of this world.
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Broome has a tropical climate and two seasons. Winter is from May to October, when the daytime temperatures average between mid 20-30°C with dry warm days and clear nights. The summer falls from November to April, with temperatures averaging above 30°C. Broome usually experiences heavy afternoon and evening downfalls from January to March.
Broome airport services domestic flights and is located only 1.6km from the town centre.
The taxi rank is located outside the terminal building or courtesy shuttle buses operate from many of the local hotels.
Broome has a hop-on-hop-off town bus service that operates seven days a week. There is also a reliable taxi service or you can hire bikes. To explore the region you’ll need to hire a car or four-wheel drive or take one of the many organised tours.
If you do plan to travel around the region on your own, it’s important that you are prepared for the conditions, and that you let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.