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Chinatown, Broome, Western Australia

Chinatown

Carnarvon Street, Broome, Western Australia, 6725
Email: enquiries@broomevisitorcentre.com.au
Website: www.broomevisitorcentre.com.au
9024717 Phone Number: 61 08 9195 2200
Fax Number: 61 08 9192 2063

Celebrating all that is unique about multicultural Broome, Chinatown is a dazzling blend of pearl showrooms, art galleries, east-meets-west restaurants and sidewalk cafes. It's easy to spend a day browsing, indulging and immersing yourself in its colourful history - a must-see on any Broome itinerary. And, being a two and half hour flight from Perth, it's easy to add Broome to your Western Australia holiday itinerary. Chinatown has been a bustling, flourishing hub since the 1800s, when discovery of the world's biggest pearl shell sparked a massive migration, comparable to a gold rush. The original corrugated iron huts that once housed pearl sheds, billiard saloons, opium dens and brothels are now home to some of the world's finest pearl showrooms. Picking up a South Sea pearl or two is the ultimate memento of your trip - they're among the largest and finest in the world. End the day with a night under the stars at Chinatown's Sun Pictures, the oldest operating outdoor picture gardens in the world.

Geikie Gorge National Park, Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia

Geikie Gorge National Park

via Geikie Gorge Road, Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia, 6765
Email: info@derbytourism.com.au
Website: parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/geikie-gorge
9009430 Phone Number: 61 08 9191 1426
Fax Number: 61 08 9191 1609

See fresh water crocodiles, all manner of birdlife, and other native animals like dingos and wallabies at Geikie Gorge National Park in the Kimberley region. The main attraction is the multi-coloured cliffs of Geikie Gorge where the Fitzroy River has cut through fossil reef over millions of years. You can take a cruise along the river to see the gorge and wildlife up close – and learn about Aboriginal Dreamtime stories of the area. Geikie Gorge is an important Aboriginal cultural area and is known by the Bunaba people as Darngku. The national park covers more than 3,000 hectares of land and is also home to a riverine forest of river red gum trees and paper barks. Some areas are covered with wild passionfruit vine. Pack a picnic and enjoy the tranquillity of the wilderness, or go bushwalking along two dedicated trails. Rock climbing is also permitted. The best time to visit the park is from May to October when the weather is mild. You can get to Geikie Gorge National Park by driving about 20 minutes from the town of Fitzroy Crossing.

Derby Pioneer Cemetery, Derby, Western Australia

Derby Pioneer Cemetery

Lovegrove Street, Derby, Western Australia, 6728
Email: info@derbytourism.com.au
Website: www.derbytourism.com.au
9009948 Phone Number: 61 08 9191 1426
Fax Number: 61 08 9191 1609

The Derby Pioneer Cemetery was the final resting place for several significant figures who carved a place in Derby’s history. The cemetery is a feature on the Pigeon Heritage Trail, which takes you on a self guided tour of Derby. Find out the story of the legendary Aboriginal tracker known as Jandamarra or Pigeon. Search for the grave of Constable Richardson, the policeman Pigeon shot dead, which resulted in the mutiny and started a rebellion against the police. Before visiting the cemetery, stop in at the Derby Visitors Centre and collect a booklet about the Pigeon Heritage Trail and the story of Pigeon. The town of Derby is just under three hours drive north east of Broome and a two and a half hour flight from Perth.

Japanese Cemetery, Broome, Western Australia

Japanese Cemetery

Port Drive, Broome, Western Australia, 6725
Email: enquiries@broomevisitorcentre.com.au
Website: www.broomevisitorcentre.com.au
9009385 Phone Number: 61 08 9195 2200
Fax Number: 61 08 9192 2063

Gain an appreciation for the lives sacrificed by the Japanese migrants who settled in Broome to prosper from Broome’s lucrative pearling industry. The Japanese Cemetery in Broome is the largest Japanese Cemetery in Australia, and dates back to 1896. Reflect on the diverse multicultural history of Broome as you wander amongst the 707 graves, with unique headstones crafted out of coloured beach rocks. This immaculately restored heritage icon is an integral stop on your historic tour of Broome. The sheer enormity of the number of deaths in the early pearling days resonates from this poignant tribute. The serene beauty of the memorials makes for a striking photograph. A large stone obelisk in the cemetery recalls those who were drowned at sea in the 1908 cyclone. The cyclones of 1887 and 1935 each caused the deaths of at least 140 men. The majority of deaths commemorated in the cemetery resulted from the bends or drowning. The cemetery is on Port Drive, midway between old Broome town and nearby Cable Beach. Broome is a two and a half hour flight from Perth.

Tunnel Creek National Park, Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia

Tunnel Creek National Park

Savannah Highway, Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia, 6765
Email: info@derbytourism.com.au
Website: parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/tunnel-creek
9009435 Phone Number: 61 08 9191 1426
Fax Number: 61 08 9191 1609

A visit to the Tunnel Creek National Park is a truly unique experience that you must include on your Kimberley itinerary. It is close to Windjana Gorge, allowing you to see both landmarks in one day. Tunnel Creek contains Western Australia’s oldest cave system. Walk through the 750-metre tunnel which takes you from one side of the Napier Range to the other. Keep your eye out for the many bats, fish and freshwater crocodiles that live in the cave. The tunnel is the oldest cave system in Western Australia. You will get to see little waterfalls coming over the ledges on the sides, and huge stalactites dangling from the ceilings. It is not far off the beaten track, and you don’t need a four wheel drive to get there, but you do need a torch! The Tunnel Creek National Park is half way between Derby and Fitzroy Crossing. Allow at least two hours to get there from either direction. Flights run between Perth and Broome, Derby or Kununurra. Drive yourself or join one of the many fantastic overland tour groups visiting the area. Entry is restricted during the wet season.

Alligator Hole, Wyndham, Western Australia

Alligator Hole

via Parry Creek Kununurra Road, Wyndham, Western Australia, 6740
Email: info@visitkununurra.com
Website: www.visitkununurra.com
9009890 Phone Number: 61 08 9168 1177
Fax Number: 61 08 9168 2598

Alligator Hole is a salt water crocodile habitat where you can see the mighty ‘Salty’ at home in the wild. Witness these fascinating prehistoric creatures basking in the sun along the sand banks or lazing in the cool waters with their head just visible on the water’s surface. It was officially named back in the early days when the crocodiles in the area were mistaken for alligators. These days the billabong is more commonly known as Crocodile Hole. Whilst the water may look enticing, swimming is strongly discouraged. The track to get out to Alligator Hole takes you along the Old Halls Creek Gold Rush Track. Originally built by prisoners, this track was used by gold miners in the late 1800s to push their carts to the goldfields. Alligator Hole one hour drive from Kununurra or a 30 minute drive southeast of Wyndham. Flights from Perth to Kununurra take three hours.

Five Rivers Lookout, Wyndham, Western Australia

Five Rivers Lookout

Summit of Bastian Range, Wyndham, Western Australia, 6740
Email: info@visitkununurra.com
Website: www.visitkununurra.com
9010210 Phone Number: 61 08 9168 1177
Fax Number: 61 08 9168 2598

See where five mighty Kimberley Rivers meet and flow into the ocean at Five Rivers Lookout in Wyndham. There are spectacular views across the Ord, Forest, King, Durack and Pentecost Rivers. You can also see where the rivers enter the Cambridge Gulf and surrounding mangrove swamps, mudflats and hills. The Five Rivers Lookout sits on Wyndham's Bastion Range at its highest point of 360 metres above the township. The best views are early in the morning or dusk as the sun sinks over the gulf lighting up the water in a blaze of colour. Pack a picnic and enjoy the view. When wind conditions are good, the Bastion Range is also the launch site for hang gliders. The Five Rivers Lookout is a few minutes drive from the centre of Wyndham.

Beagle Bay, Broome, Western Australia

Beagle Bay

via Beagle Bay Road, Broome, Western Australia, 6725
Email: enquiries@broomevisitorcentre.com.au
Website: www.broomevisitorcentre.com.au
9009875 Phone Number: 61 08 9195 2200
Fax Number: 61 08 9192 2063

Beagle Bay is one of three Aboriginal communities on the Dampier Peninsula north of Broome, and an interesting part of Western Australian history. If you’re four wheel driving along the track to Cape Leveque it’s well worth a stop to see the Beagle Bay Sacred Heart Church with its mother of pearl shell altar. The church was built entirely by hand by local Aborigines and the Pallotine monks who started the Catholic mission in the late 1800s. The area is home to the Nyul Nyul people who’ve existed in this harsh but pristine coastal environment for thousands of years. Beagle Bay has an interesting history. It was named after a boat which was moored at the bay during a brief stay. Once used as a home for Aboriginal children separates from their families, it is now administered by those same children. The monks are still there and are responsible for running the church and school. There’s no accommodation available at Beagle Bay, which is about a two to three hour drive from Broome.

Gyorn Gyorn Paintings, Mitchell Plateau, Western Australia

Gyorn Gyorn (Bradshaw) Paintings

North Kimberley, Mitchell Plateau, Western Australia, 6740
Email: info@australiasnorthwest.com
Website: www.australiasnorthwest.com
9211270 Phone Number: 61 08 9193 6660

The Gyorn Gyorn Paintings (also known as the Bradshaws) are believed to have been created 60,000 years ago. This dates them among the earliest figurative paintings ever made, and at least five times older than the Egyptian pyramids. They're a true wonder of the world. Spread over 50,000 square kilometres of the north Kimberley wilderness, there are some 100,000 Gyorn Gyorn art sites in total. The easiest way to find a few is to join a local Indigenous tour guide - giving you unique insights into the early history and legends of one of the oldest living cultures on Earth. This incredible collection of rock art remained hidden from the eyes of the world until they were discovered by Joseph Bradshaw in 1891. If you miss the opportunity to view them, you can see Gyorn Gyorn figures in the works of local Indigenous artists at the Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Cultural Centre, just 15 kilometres from Derby.

Eighty Mile Beach, Eighty Mile Beach, Western Australia

Eighty Mile Beach

via Great Northern Highway, Eighty Mile Beach, Western Australia, 6725
Email: enquiries@broomevisitorcentre.com.au
Website: www.broomevisitorcentre.com.au
9010164 Phone Number: 61 08 9195 2200
Fax Number: 61 08 9192 2063

For endless stretches of white sand lapping onto turquoise water and excellent fishing and bird watching, head to aptly named Eighty Mile Beach half way between Broome and Port Hedland. Here you can see magnificent sunsets over the Indian Ocean and enjoy the glorious solitude of sharing your slice of beach with no one. Famous for fishing, it’s also an important feeding ground for migratory birds, making it an ideal place for bird watching. Each year an astonishing half a million migratory shorebirds descend on Eighty Mile Beach, flying in from their feeding and breeding grounds in the Arctic Circle. Pristine Eighty Mile Beach is a rich food source for around 20 species of waders. Eighty Mile Beach has a caravan park offering camping, caravan and cabin accommodation. You can reach Eighty Mile Beach by driving about two and a half hours north of Port Hedland, or three and a half hours south of Broome.