A lashing of romance, a getaway from city life, an excuse to buy some new bling – whatever your reason for visiting Broome, once you sink your toes into the famous Cable Beach sand and catch your first sunset, you’ll just know it was a stroke of genius.
Broome is the kind of place that you can visit almost any month of the year because the weather is always gorgeous. The area is defined by a wet and dry season. If you prefer the temperature a bit cooler than “really bloody hot” then go during the dry season (May-Sep) where temperatures average a balmy 30C. This is also the peak time to travel to Broome. Storms can ravage the coast during the wet season (late Sep-early May). The result is that flight and hotel prices are generally lower during the wet season, but bear in mind some attractions shut early.
14 Must Dos in Broome
1. Named after the undersea telegraph cable which linked Australia to Java and the rest of the world, Cable Beach is 22km of pristine sand that meets the Indian Ocean blue. Dubbed the most beautiful beach in the world it is the perfect place to relax and do… nothing!
2. At the southern end of Cable Beach is Gantheaume Point. Here, at very low tide, you can view dinosaur footprints more than 130 million years old. Also at Gantheaume Point is Anastasia’s Pool, where a former lighthouse keeper hand carved a rock pool so his arthritic wife could soak in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Aww bless!
3. Take a flight over The Horizontal Falls that flow between two narrow gorges. Tidal currents cause water to build up and rush through the narrow gorges creating a horizontal waterfall effect. Pretty cool huh?!
4. The Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park is home to one of the best crocodile displays in Australia. You can take a guided feeding tour and see crocodiles which have been captured and relocated to the park. The same group run a Wilderness Wildlife Park and Animal Refuge just 15 minutes out of Broome, where you can watch 200 crocodiles in a feeding frenzy – it will leave your knees shaking.
5. Tour the Willie Creek Pearl Farm, where you can discover how the rare and beautiful Australian South Sea Cultured Pearls are produced.
6. Wander through Chinatown, the main shopping district in Broome and home to some of the world’s finest pearl showrooms, art galleries, restaurants and bars. Head out along Dampier Terrace to Streeter’s Jetty and see two fully restored original pearling luggers.
7. Head to the Courthouse Markets, the largest art and craft markets in the Kimberley region, held at the old Broome Courthouse on Saturday mornings.
8. Broome Town Beach faces out onto Roebuck Bay. There is a fantastic shaded children’s playground and water play area with buckets, squirting hoses and water cascades.
9. Town Beach is one of the spots to watch the Staircase to the Moon. Each month at low tide, a full moon reflects onto the Roebuck Bay mudflats creating an image of a long staircase leading up to the moon. Again, pretty cool. This naturally occurring phenomenon occurs between March and October.
10. Sun Pictures is the world’s oldest operating outdoor cinema. Relax in your deck chair and watch the latest releases on the big screen.
11. The energetic can do a self-guided walk – around 22km of walking trails – through Minyirr Park. Minyirr is considered the dreamtime birthplace of Aboriginal people and is of great cultural significance to the local Rubibi people.
12. Morph bush and sea into one swashbuckling jaunt on a Turtle Bay Kayak adventure near Broome. Red sandstone cliffs set against turquoise waters make for a photographer’s fantasy, as do the impressive turtle sightings.
13. Broome is also the perfect base from which to explore outback eye-candy like Cape Leveque, the Bungle Bungles and other spectacular sights in the Kimberleys (think gorges, national parks and untouched nature).
14. And when you’re done with the whole sightseeing malarkey, kick back with a beer on the verandah at Matso’s Broome Brewery.
So what are you waiting for? Grab a Broome hotel deal now!
Image source: Tourism Western Australia