Western Australia’s northern pearl

Gateway to Western Australia’s wild and beautiful Kimberley region, Broome’s reputation precedes it. Along with world-renowned beaches, it has an excellent foodie scene, road-trip opportunities galore, some fabulous festivals, and a thriving pearling industry (with a unique history).

But it’s the beaches that most folks come for. While the iconic Cable Beach is undoubtedly the main attraction, don’t miss charming Town Beach, the eco-wonderland of Roebuck Bay Marine Park, and locals’ favourite, Reddell Beach.

There’s plenty to do away from the water too. Learn about the Aboriginal history of Rubibi (Broome’s Indigenous name) on a cultural tour. Wander Chinatown for a glimpse into the town’s multicultural history and catch a movie at the world’s oldest operating picture gardens, Sun Pictures. Quench your thirst at the celebrated Matso’s Brewery and dine in style at one of the many acclaimed restaurants.

Meanwhile, the Kimberley beckons. From remote, rugged coastline to horizontal waterfalls and ancient rock formations that’ll take your breath away, it’s all within reach.

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Things to do: Broome

  • An SUV drives along the white sand of Cabel Beach, Broome, with aqua-blue ocean in the foreground. Credit: Tourism Western Australia

    Bliss out on Cable Beach

    You’ve seen the photos: a procession of camels being ridden along a stretch of gleaming wet sand, silhouetted against a fiery sunset sky and shimmering ocean. Welcome to Cable Beach! Even in a country synonymous with sublime coastline, Cable Beach is special. If its silky white sand and aquamarine water, rolling dunes and legendary sunsets aren’t enough, the fact that it’s 22km long seals the deal: there’s room enough for everyone! Whether you swim, sail, stroll or join a sunset camel train, you’ll never forget Cable Beach.

  • Tourists wander around the red rocks of Gantheaume Point, looking at dinosaur prints. Credit: Adobe Stock

    Walk in dinosaurs’ footsteps at Gantheaume Point

    Journey back in time at Gantheaume Point, home to Australia’s oldest dinosaur footprints. Some 130 million years ago, more than 20 types of dinosaur roamed this scenic promontory, and their ancient prints are visible at low tide in the reef rock. Join a tour or download the app to get the most out of your visit. While you're there, be sure to stop and soak up the views: with its vivid red pindan cliffs and clear turquoise water in every direction, Gantheaume Point is one giant photo opportunity!

  • The Stairway to the Moon shining down on Roebuck Bay, Broome. Credit: Tourism Western Australia

    Marvel at the Staircase to the Moon

    Experience an extra-magical side of Roebuck Bay on the evenings when the Staircase to the Moon makes an appearance. Visible on two or three nights each month, this spell-binding cosmic phenomenon occurs when the light of the full moon hits the exposed tidal flats, resulting in an illuminated ‘staircase’ effect. Enjoy the spectacle while you wander the Staircase to the Moon Night Markets at Town Beach. Besides being an excellent vantage point, the markets offer tasty food, handicrafts and live entertainment.

  • Close-up of women’s hands holding pearl jewellery, Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, Broome. Credit: Tourism Western Australia

    Dive into Broome’s pearly past

    Explore Broome’s colourful pearling history with a tour group or on a self-guided walk. Since the late 1880s, when the prized South Sea Pearl Oyster was first discovered in Roebuck Bay, the town has been a global pearling hub. Stroll Chinatown, the site of an early workers’ settlement where Asian, European and Indigenous labourers lived side by side. Browse showrooms of stunning locally made pearl jewellery. Pay tribute to all the divers who lost their lives at dedicated cemeteries and monuments, and learn more about the town’s rich pearling heritage at the Broome Historical Museum.

  • Aerial view of the Horizontal Falls, Talbot Bay, north of Broome. Credit: Tourism Western Australia

    Explore the Kimberley

    Take advantage of Broome’s proximity to the best of the Kimberley and hit the road for a day or two. Head south to the pristine Eighty Mile Beach for endless white sand, translucent water and abundant wildlife. Take a tour north to the mind-blowing Horizontal Falls (and yes, their name is accurate!). Jump on a flight inland to ancient rock formation Purnululu (also known as the Bungle Bungles), to see geology at its most awe-inspiring. Or immerse yourself in the timeless Aboriginal culture of the magnificent Dampier Peninsula.

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Airport information

Broome International Airport (BME)

Distance to town: 2km; to Cable Beach 4km

Taxi A taxi from Broome Airport to Cable Beach takes less than 10 minutes and costs around AUD $20-30. To town, it takes less than five minutes and costs around $15-20.

Shuttle Some hotels and resorts operate shuttle services to and from the airport.

Rideshare Book your ride from the airport with Broome's very own rideshare service, Tata.

Hire car Several hire car companies have branches at Broome Airport.

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When to go

Broome’s tropical climate means it has distinct wet and dry seasons. With glorious warm days, balmy nights and lots of sunshine, the dry season (May to October) is the most popular time to visit. The wet season (November to April) is hotter and rainier, peaking between January and March, when flooding and cyclones can occur.

For a taste of Broome at its most festive, time your trip to coincide with the legendary Shinju Matsuri (Festival of the Pearl) in early September. This two-week extravaganza showcases the town’s colourful heritage with street parties, amazing food and drink, performances and art. Other annual events worth catching include the fun-filled Broome Pride (around late February) and the lip-smacking Broome Mango Festival (late November).

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Getting around

Being flat and relatively compact, Broome is easy to explore on foot or bicycle (chat to the team at the Broome Visitors Centre about bike hire). The Broome Explorer bus runs hourly services between Cable Beach and Broome town, a great way to get around. You can purchase a single ticket or get maximum bang for your buck with one of their handy passes (24 hour, 72 hour or 10 trips).

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