Introduction to Broome
Broome. It sounds familiar, but we bet you didn’t know how stunning its beaches and landscapes are. Known for its pearling and tourism industry, Broome is located in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, 2,200 kilometres north of Perth. Both remote and popular, this slice of Australia is perfect for those seeking to get a little off the beaten track.
It’s up north but not short on things to do. Ride a camel along the shore at sunrise or sunset on Cable Beach - it's touristy but is also one of the most memorable things you'll do in Broome. Early risers should opt for the sunrise trip and you (and your camel) will have the beach to yourselves.
You could also walk or do the 5-minute drive from Broome to Gantheaume Point where deep red cliffs plunge spectacularly to the Indian Ocean’s turquoise waters. At low tide, explore out on the rocky reef and check out the dinosaur footprints (!) claimed to be more than 130 million years old. If you visit Broome between March and October, head to Town Beach in Roebuck Bay to watch the ‘Staircase to the Moon’, a optical illusion created by the reflections of a rising full moon over the tidal flats. Town Beach is also a lively place to grab a bite to eat and a drink any time of the year.
Alternatively, take a bush tucker tour and learn about one of the oldest cultures on Earth from the local Aboriginal community. Check out all the pearl diving paraphernalia at the Broome Museum where you can see pearls being cultured or take a cruise along Roebuck Bay in an old pearl lugger boat. Visit Broome’s Japanese Cemetery where 707 headstones have been fashioned from colourful beach rocks and uncover the rich history of the Japanese migrants who were lured here by Broome’s lucrative pearling industry, which dates back to 1896. Actually, why not take it all in during your Broome vacay!