Meet camels and characters in Broome, an exotic pearling town that sits at the western gateway to the Kimberley. Buy pearls and soak up the melting pot of nationalities in Chinatown, once the bustling hub of billiard saloons and opium dens. Ride a camel along the white sand of Cable Beach, the place to watch a blazing sun sink into the Indian Ocean. Check out dinosaur footprints preserved in rock and birdwatch from Roebuck Bay. Between March and October, you can catch the romantic magic of ‘Staircase to the Moon', a silvery illusion created by the reflection of a rising moon.
Five can't-miss Broome experiences:
Cable Beach, WA
Ride a camel along the white sand of Cable Beach, the place to watch a blazing sun sink into the Indian Ocean. With 22 kilometres of white sand, clear, turquoise waters and spectacular sunsets, it’s known as one of the world’s most stunning beaches. Named after the telegraph cable laid between Broome and Java in 1889, the beach is perfect for both swimming and soaking up the idyllic scenery.
Chinatown, Broome, WA
Learn about Broome's diverse heritage with a wander through Chinatown, once the bustling hub of pearl shells, billiard saloons, entertainment houses and opium dens and brothels. The finest pearl showrooms, retail outlets and sidewalk cafes now provide great shopping and an opportunity to soak up the charms of Broome old and new.
Pearl Lugger, Broome, WA
Visit a pearl farm or take away a precious memento from the showrooms in Chinatown. Broome was once the capital of Australia's South-Sea pearl industry, and you’ll find plenty of places to buy pearls or take in stories of its pearling past. Watch pearls being cultured at a local farm. Learn about the early Japanese, Filipino and Malay pearl divers who arrived here in droves in the local pearl museum. See headstones dedicated to some 900 Asian pearl divers at the Japanese Cemetery. Or feel the drama and high seas of the early pearling days as you cruise the bay on a Pearl Lugger.
Gantheaume Point, WA
See 130 million-year-old dinosaur footprints preserved in rock at Gantheaume Point. Its craggy cliffs and azure water are just six kilometres from Broome. You can see them from the reef at very low tide, or check out the plaster cast at the top of the cliff. For more natural marvels, don’t miss the ‘Staircase to the Moon’, a spectacular, silvery illusion created by a rising full moon reflecting off the tidal flats of Roebuck Bay. Broome celebrates the phenomenon – which happens three nights a month between March and October – with live music and markets on Town Beach.
Roebuck Bay, WA
Visit the Broome Bird Observatory in Roebuck Bay, and watch tens of thousands of migratory birds fly from Siberia between September and April. This area is home to around 40 per cent of Australia’s total number of bird species and you can meet a few of them on a bushwalk through the beach, mangroves, mudflats, tropical woodland and grasslands. Other great places to spot birds are Entrance Point and Deepwater Jetty, Broome golf course and ovals, the town mangroves and Barred and Willie Creeks. Even if you’re not an avid bird watcher, you’ll love Broome’s golden chorus of birdsong.