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Welcome to Broome

Set on the Indian Ocean—and the western gateway to the Kimberley wilderness—Broome boasts one of Australia’s best beaches. The white-sand expanse of Cable Beach is delightful any time of day, but taking a sunset camel ride across the beach is one of the best things to do in Broome. You can also learn about Broome’s pearling history on a guided tour of a working pearl farm; soar over turquoise water and red cliffs on a helicopter tour; and spot marine wildlife on a boat tour along the Kimberley coast.

Top 15 attractions in Broome

Horizontal Falls

The Horizontal Falls were once described by David Attenborough as one of the “greatest wonders of the natural world.” Located in Talbot Bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago, the waterfalls are caused by the shifting of ocean tides through the rocks, and are one of Western Australia’s most spectacular sights.More

Cable Beach

Cable Beach encompasses 14 miles (22 kilometers) of unspoiled white sand and turquoise waters. The beach is almost perfectly flat and therefore its calm waters are ideal for swimming. From the shore, you can see the occasional pearling boat—an industry that supported Broome before it was discovered by travelers.More

Gantheaume Point

Located just outside of Broome, Gantheaume Point is one of the region’s most impressive natural landmarks and serves as an important paleontological site. The red-rock cliffs contrast with the waters of the Indian Ocean below and offer spectacular photo opportunities.More

Cape Leveque

One of Australia's most stunning stretches of coastline, Cape Leveque, located on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula, has been home to Aboriginal communities for some 7,000 years. Visit to see the area’s brick-red cliffs, pearl-white sand, and clear blue water, explore the remote landscape, and learn about the local Aboriginal communities.More

Town Beach

Town Beach is one of many sandy spots in Broome, and its main attraction is its water playground that dominates the foreshore. Built for kids of all ages, the playground is designed to be all-inclusive, enabling children of all abilities to play. A range of sprayers including a whale tail sprayer, mistry twisty, sneaky soakers and froggy-o-sprayer are set up to provide a fun play environment. The playground operates on a cycle that randomly repeats and is activated when a start button is pressed.Safety is paramount here. Soft-fall ground covering ensures a non-slip environment, and the water is UV filtered and chlorinated. A designated area for disabled children includes a self-propelling, custom built, water submersible wheelchair that is available for free hire.While the playground is a huge part of the attractions of Town Beach, the beach itself is also popular. Besides the bay being a calm swimming spot, the grassy foreshore also offers a great place for picnics. Just beside the playground sits the Town Beach Café, serving coffee, pastries and more.More

Broome Japanese Cemetery

The largest cemetery in Australia, Broome Japanese Cemetery was established at the beginning of Broome’s pearling industry.In the early days of the pearling industry at Broome, many Japanese men worked as divers. Most of the headstones in the Japanese Cemetery pay tribute to the hundreds of individual divers who died whilst pearling – either from drowning or from the bends (decompression sickness). There are also monuments to catastrophic events, such as a large stone obelisk for those who drowned at sea during a cyclone in 1908. Such cyclones were relatively common in the area, and cyclones in 1887 and 1935 claimed the lives of around 250 Japanese divers between them.There are 919 Japanese are buried in the cemetery. Many of the headstones are simply marked by colored rocks carried from Broome’s beaches. Before the Japanese became divers, the industry survived by kidnapping local Aboriginal people and training them to dive for pearls. Only 50 metres south of the main Japanese Cemetery lies the Aboriginal section of the cemetery. Unlike the Japanese section, the Aboriginal graves are largely unmarked and unattributed.More

Sun Picture Gardens Cinema

Sun Picture Gardens Cinema is the oldest picture garden still in operation in the world.Sun Picture Gardens Cinema began between 1903 and 1913, when the Yamsaki family operated a theatre in their Asian goods store. The building was sold in 1913 and the new owner then converted the building into a cinema. Sun Pictures itself opened on December 9, 1916, playing silent films. In 1933, the cinema began to play films with sound. During World War II, when the town was evacuated, the cinema was vandalised, and due to a series of floods – and a boycott over segregation – didn’t truly recover until 1974. In 1989, the cinema became protected, and in 2004 was certified in the Guinness World Book of Records as the oldest open air cinema in operation.Sun Picture Gardens Cinema is now accompanied by Sun Cinemas – an indoor cinema opened in 2002. Seating in the cinema remains true to the original layout. Six padded bench seats line the front rows, in front of deckchair style seating that takes up the rest of the cinema.More

Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park

From the moment you walk through the giant fiberglass replica of a crocodile's head, you know that Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park is wild about crocs. Located on the outskirts of Broome, this adventurous park is home to native saltwater crocodiles deemed too aggressive to remain in their Outback communities.More

Tunnel Creek

Tunnel Creek National Park is one of the Kimberly region’s most famous attractions. Though small in size compared to the other national parks that cover the Kimberly region, at just 91 hectares, Tunnel Creek has a huge attraction – being home to Australia’s oldest cave system.Tunnel Creek is located in the Napier Range, the same range as the nearby Geikie Gorge. The remains of an ancient reef system formed 350 million years ago, the limestone that forms Tunnel Creek is what makes this region so ancient. The tunnel of tunnel creek runs for 750 meters. It reaches a maximum height of 12 meters, and a maximum width of 15 meters. There are a number of animals making their home in the caverns, including at least five species of bat, which led to the cave’s nickname of The Cave of Bats. Freshwater crocodiles occasionally take up residence in the large pools of water that dot the floor of the cave.Tunnel Creek became famous in the late 1800s as the hideout of the Aboriginal outlaw and leader Jandamarra. The cave has been used by the Aboriginal people for hundreds of years, and the walls are covered in their artworks.More

Windjana Gorge

Windjana Gorge sits within the Windjana Gorge National Park in the Kimberly region of Western Australia. Formed by the Lennard River, Windjana Gorge runs for 3.5 kilometres through the Napier Range – of which Tunnel Creek is also a part. Windjana Gorge is over 100m wide in parts, and the walls range between 10 and 30 metres high.The Lennard River runs through Windjana Gorge during the wet season, and forms into pools in the dry season. Like much of the Kimberly, Windjana Gorge is home to many species of Australian wildlife – including some which aren’t found anywhere else – and is steeped in Aboriginal culture. Windjana Gorge is a significant spiritual site for the Bunuba people, who believe that there are powerful creation spirits that reside in the Gorge.A path runs the length of the gorge (3.5km), following the path of monsoonal vegetation alongside the permanent pools of water in the dry season. A ruined homestead, Lillimooloora, was built in 1884 from local limestone, and sits within the park.The Windjana Gorge Campground is the only place to stay in the park, and is well maintained. Bathrooms with showers are situated on site, and the campground is suitable for caravans – though there are no powered sites. Camping does incur a fee, and park rangers collect it in the evenings.More

Broome Historical Museum

The Broome Historical Museum lauds itself as the north-west’s most interesting and informative museum.The Broome Historical Museum aims to give a sweeping overview of the realities of life in Broome from Aboriginal times to World War II and beyond. Exhibits include information on the town’s pearling industry, a history of domestic life in the extreme isolation of Broome, and the impact and effects of cyclones in the region. Further exhibits detail the lesser known meat works industry and the Norwest Echo printing press. Aboriginal artefacts are the focus of another exhibit, and display cases show the story of Broome’s single day of War, and the advance of telecommunications in the town.The Broome Historical Museum is governed by the Broome Historical Society Inc. The museum is run by volunteers, and a ‘Friends of the Museum’ program, as well as entry fees, help the museum to continue promoting and enhancing its exhibits. The photographs, visual displays and subject albums of the museum tell the story of Australia’s first truly multi-cultural town.More

Danggu Geikie Gorge

One of the most accessible parks in Western Australia’s Kimberley region, Danggu Geikie Gorge National Park is a popular day trip from Fitzroy Crossing. The gorge for which it is named was carved out by the Fitzroy River, which flows between the massive limestone walls, over 98 feet (30 meters of which have been exposed by the river.More

Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm

Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm is Australia’s oldest operating pearl farm. Located ‘just’ out of Broome (a 2.5 hour drive!) the pearl farm is one of the very few operating pearl farms open to the public.Sitting on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula north of Broome, Cygnet Bay is surrounded by natural beauty. Turquoise blue water and white sand beaches are largely untouched by human interference, making the region around Cygnet Bay one of the most beautiful locations in all of Australia.Touring the Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm gives visitors insights into the evolution of pearl farming in Australia, as the owners of the family-run business explain the timeline from 1946, when the farm was opened, to the present day. The pearl farm also runs scenic flights and water tours to the nearby natural attractions of the Buccaneer Archipelago (known locally as the Thousand Islands) – a very uncrowded tourist destination. Visitors are also able to see the original site of the Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm on Sunday Island.More

The Kimberley

Three times larger than England, the red desert Kimberley region takes up the northwestern corner of Australia. It’s one of the longest-settled areas on the continent, yet fewer than 40,000 people call it home. The beach town of Broome serves as the gateway to the Kimberley’s numerous cultural and natural attractions.More
Boab Prison Tree

Boab Prison Tree

Just south of Derby in the Kimberly region is a large, hollow boab tree known as the Boab Prison Tree. A popular tourist attraction, the tree is believed to have been used as a prison for indigenous Australian prisoners in the late 1800s, though some contest this.Regardless of whether it was used as a prison or not, the boab is impressive. Believed to be about 1,500 years old, the tree has a huge diameter of 48 feet (14.7 meters) and has been declared a registered Aboriginal site. Local legend has it that early police patrols used the tree as an overnight lockup as a natural cell. The hole cut into the side of the tree is manmade, supporting the idea that it was used as such.The interpretative centre nearby to the tree gives a history of interactions between early white pastoralists and the Aboriginal people, giving insights into local tensions and times the tree was used. The centre details the events of the droving days and World War II upon the town of Derby, as well as explaining the biology of this ancient tree. A short trail at the prison tree leads to a picnic area and a view of the longest cattle trough in the southern hemisphere: Myall’s Bore.More
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Top activities in Broome

Broome to Horizontal Falls Half Day Adventure
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Broome Panoramic Town Tour - All the Extraordinary Sights and History of Broome
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Snubfin Dolphin Eco Cruise from Broome
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Broome 30 Minute Scenic Helicopter Flight
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Horizontal Falls & Dampier Peninsula Discovery Tour
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Buccaneer Explorer
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Cygnet Bay Explorer
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1 Hour Broome Sunset Camel Tour
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3 in 1 Tour: Matso’s Brewery, Broome Museum & Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park
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Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park Tour Including Transportation
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Broome 45 Minute Creek & Coast Scenic Helicopter Flight
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Pearl Luggers Tour in Broome

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All about Broome

When to visit

You have two choices of seasons in Broome: wet or dry. The dry season runs from May through October and is the best time to enjoy the beach. (It is also the busiest season.) Between March and early November, try to time your visit to see the Staircase to the Moon, which occurs 2 to 3 times per month when the moon rises over the local tidal flats. Visit in late August and early September for the Shinju Matsuri Festival, celebrating the town’s pearl producing history.

Getting around

It can be time consuming (and hot) to get around Broome on foot because many of the area’s top attractions are spread out around town. One good option is to rent a bicycle, as the town has extensive bike paths, but be careful not to overdo; it gets hot in the summer. The Town Bus runs regular services between Cable Beach, downtown, and Chinatown, and guided tours often include hotel pickup.

Traveler tips

The Broome Courthouse hosts markets in its tropical gardens every Saturday morning year-round (as well as on Sunday mornings from April to October). Visit to browse through locally made jewelry, clothes, handicrafts, art, and produce. Even if you’re not planning on shopping, it’s worth a visit to stretch out on the lush lawn, under shady trees, and enjoy the live music, food trucks, and family entertainment.

People Also Ask

Why is Broome famous?

Broome was known as the pearling capital of the world in the 19th century, and it’s still the heart of Australia’s pearling industry. The Western Australia city is also famous for its landscapes, including the Staircase to the Moon at Roebuck Bay and Horizontal Falls.

How long should I spend in Broome?

Plan three days to take in Broome’s highlights and explore the Kimberley region. Visit a pearl farm, marvel at the red sands of Roebuck Bay, and see the dinosaur footprints at Gantheaume Point. Other unmissable activities include a camel ride along Cable Beach and a seaplane flight over Horizontal Falls.

What recreational activities is Broome known for?

A camel ride along Cable Beach and a pearl farm tour are the quintessential activities for travelers to Broome. After that, you can head to the beach to kayak and stand-up paddleboard, take a dolphin- or whale-watching cruise, or snorkel and scuba dive at Rowley Shoals Marine Park.

Does Broome have crocodiles?

Salt and freshwater crocodiles can be found in Broome and the Kimberley region, but they are most likely to be seen in rivers and creeks in the wet season (Nov.–Apr.). Crocodiles are rarely spotted along the coast, and it’s generally safe to swim at patrolled beaches during the dry season.

Do you need a 4WD to get to Coconut Wells?

Yes, access to the lagoons and rock pools of Coconut Well is via a sandy road that’s a 4WD-only route. They’re about a 20-minute drive north of Broome. Alternatively, it’s possible to drive along the beach from Cable Beach at low tide, but this route also requires a 4WD.

Is Broome worth visiting?

Yes, Broome is a worthy addition to any Western Australia itinerary—especially as it’s the largest city in the far north and gateway to the Kimberley region. Visitors come to Broome to admire its unique natural landscapes, tour the pearl farms, and take a sunset camel ride along Cable Beach.


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