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Cable Beach, Broome

Broome and the Kimberley

Slip into ‘Broome Time’ where the outback meets the ocean. Whether staying in a 5-star resort or authentic outback stations, the spectacular fiery colours of a Cable Beach sunset are a sight to behold.  Our travel guide is packed with tips of what to do in and around Broome (Rubibi), the western gateway to the Kimberley. 

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Places to stay

After a full day of sightseeing around Broome, choose to stay in a luxury hotel, or 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.

Things to do

The gem for outdoor activities in Western Australia, there’s so much 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’. 

Many destinations claim to be a cultural melting pot, but Broome (Rubibi), the western gateway to the Kimberley, truly is a vibrant mix. The town dates back to the pearling settlements of the 1800s, with the Aboriginal culture and landscape dating back millennia. Today, Broome is one of the world’s finest producers of pearls, rich in Aboriginal culture and Asian heritage.  

Sunsets in Broome are a sight to behold. Locals and tourists congregate each evening on pristine, 22-kilometre-long Cable Beach to witness the spectacular fiery colours—sometimes on the back of an unhurried camel. When the full moon rises over the mangroves of Roebuck Bay (Yawuru Nagulagun) at low tide, you can see a ‘Staircase to the Moon’, a legacy of some of the most dramatic tidal movements in the world.

For those travelling into the Kimberley during May, watch out for the Boab Metals 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. 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. 

Broome Mardi Gras festival

In February join the Broome Mardi Gras, a three day festival established in 2015 that sees people from all walks of life 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.

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Where to go

 Journey beyond Perth and experience the laid-back tropical oasis of Broome. With direct flights from Perth all year round, and seasonal services from Sydney and Melbourne, truly wondrous moments are waiting.

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The Kimberley

Almost half a million square kilometres of otherworldly adventures and stunning natural phenomena await you in this ancient and untouched region. The Kimberley grounds you and its red dust never leaves you. Quiet your mind and open your soul to somewhere truly magical.

Gaze from an open-door helicopter at the 350 million-year-old, World Heritage-listed Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park. Feel the thrill of a boat cruise through the Horizontal Waterfalls (Garaanngaddim) or tackle one of Australia’s greatest four-wheel-drive adventures, the legendary 660-kilometre Gibb River Road.

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Dampier Peninsula

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 pearl farm at Willie Creek or Cygnet Bay, hire a four-wheel-drive and explore the peninsula via Cape Leveque Road, where mangroves, unique Aboriginal experiences, unspoilt coastlines and eco-retreats await.

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Getting around

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 are taxis, tours or you can hire bikes. To explore the region further you’ll need to hire a car or four-wheel drive.

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Disclaimer: ^ You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and Qantas Points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions.

Disclaimer: ^ Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 value unless otherwise specified, for hotel stays booked through qantas.com/hotels, except Classic Hotel Rewards and Airbnb bookings. Points Club members will earn 25% more Qantas Points, and Points Club Plus members will earn 50% more Qantas Points. Qantas Points will be credited to your account at least 8 weeks after check-out. Qantas Points may be earned by the member in whose name the booking is made. Members will not be able to earn points on additional charges paid to the accommodation provider for extras (including cots, breakfasts and other incidentals) on check-in or check-out (as applicable).  

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