Things to do in Broome
You’ve heard about those dinosaur footprints and we’re not mucking around. These ancient footprints can be witnessed on the reef at Gantheaume Point but you must be very careful not to intrude on the landscape as the area is very fragile. Wear sturdy shoes and remember it’s not wise to attempt to find the footprints once it’s dark.
Scuba diving is a popular pastime in Broome and even if you’re not out diving for pearls (don’t try), you can still ogle coral gardens, giant clams and great reef fish. Take a tour boat out into the sparkling tropical waters to Rowley Shoals on the edge of the continental shelf and see what lies beneath the turquoise horizon in one of the best diving areas in the world. For more sedate watersports, Riddell Beach on the northern side of Riddell Point at the far end of Broome is a brilliant spot for a swim and a picnic. Enjoy stretches of beach with red pindan cliffs behind you.
If you’re desperate for a real-deal, glowing pearl, head to the Paspaley boutique on Short Street. Paspaley started Australia’s first cultured pearl farm in Kuri Bay, north of Broome, back in the 1950s. The prized Australian South Sea pearl oyster thrives in this very small, unique part of the world and these guys know their pearls - weaving their way through the rhythmic swell of the ocean and skilfully diving for these rare beauties.
Culture buffs will enjoy a visit to the Short Street Gallery that boasts a great array of exhibitions and a noteworthy collection of canvases. In the evenings, you can head to the historic Sun Pictures, the world’s oldest operating picture gardens where you can enjoy new-release films. The history of this building encapsulates the history of Broome itself.
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A camel ride along the iconic shores of Cable Beach is cheesy, touristy fun, and guaranteed to be the most memorable part of your Broome holiday. Pack an extra memory card -the stunning red ochre cliffs, white sand and turquoise waters will have you Instagramming up a storm.
Roebuck Bay may be famous as the site of the amazing Staircase to the Moon natural phenonmenon at Roebuck Bay between March and October annually, but there's plenty to enjoy here all year round. A flourishing marine life area, market spot and the site of historic wrecks, just for starters.
Head up to the Dampier Peninsula to spend some time at the hidden oasis of Cape Leveque. It's off the beaten track but you'll soon seen why this remote beach location is a favourite spot and a sacred site of local Aborigines.
Known as the Pearl Capital of Australia, visit the historic Chinatown area of Broome to discover the town's South Sea pearl showrooms, pearling heritage and the long history of the pearl divers who travelled from Asia to make their fortune.
Part historic site, part award-winning microbrewery: what's not to love about Matso's Broome Brewery? Take a tour to learn about the history of the brewery from bank to general store to brewery and sample the craft beers on offer - Hit The Toad mid-strength, anyone?