Broome is home to what is alleged to be the biggest quartz crystal Buddha in the world, a 3.5 metre-high pink Buddha handcarved from Philippines crystal. You'll find it in the Buddha Sanctuary across the road from the Cable Beach Club. It’s free to visit and meditate at the sanctuary, and daily yoga and tai chi classes are available for a small fee. Here’s more things to know before you go to Broome.
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Despite all the Japanese history in the region, Broome has only one Japanese restaurant, Azuki Japanese Fusion. Here, classics are given a contemporary pan-Asian twist - try the chicken noodle salad and tom yum aioli or the fried octopus dumplings. Better yet, get a takeaway sushi platter watch the sun go down over Cable Beach. You can’t pass up Matso's Brewery for all that’s good to eat and locally sourced around Broome – it’s hard to beat a burger or classic fish and chips served on the veranda overlooking Roebuck Bay. Sink your teeth into some tapas at the Old Zoo Cafe – we’re talking crab croquettes, scallops and crocodile meat severed with fresh mango cocktails. If the budget is tight, the Cable Beach general store does a mean barra burger – there’s even internet and mini-golf on offer. We didn’t want to mention it, but yes, there is a McDonald’s for those with limited palates.
Broome might be small but it packs a punch, party-wise. Roebuck Bay Hotel is party central - ‘Roey’s’, as it’s affectionately dubbed by locals, offers live music, DJs, big-screen sport, cocktails and the occasional wet t-shirt comp. The Divers Tavern on Cable Beach Road is known to pump most nights and is especially popular for its Sunday Session. Broome Surf Lifesavers Club on the Cable Beach foreshore has the cheapest drinks in town and the best view to boot – sink a few on Saturday night, then roll back round for the unbeatable Sunday morning sausage sizzle sure to sort your hangover right out. If you prefer your poison to be more top-shelf, head over to Bungalow Bar on Dampier Terrace for late-night cocktails, dancing and electronica tunes.