The town of Broome in WA is surrounded by the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean. White sandy of Cable Beach contrasts with the red rocks of Gantheaume Point and the sands of Roebuck Bay. Broome’s two main areas are Chinatown in the heart of old Broome, and Cable Beach, home to resorts and restaurants.
Broome’s natural environment draws visitors from around the world. The amazing turquoise waters and the intensely coloured red earth leave an indelible impression and continue to inspire artists and photographers. Roebuck Bay is a haven for thousands of migratory birds, and the waters around Broome attract fishing enthusiasts keen to try their hand at catching some of the tropical species.
Whales, dolphins and turtles all populate local waters. The dinosaurs that roamed the ancient lands have left their mark with their footsteps. You’ll find these preserved in reef rock in Roebuck Bay and along the coast towards the Dampier Peninsula.
Learn about the rough and tumble early days of pearling, when Broome’s name was known the world over for the size and quality of its mother of pearl, and browse the jewellery showrooms to discover the exquisite Australian South Sea Pearl. Evidence of the past can be seen around the town, including restored pearling luggers, the world’s oldest outdoor picture gardens and heritage buildings.
Broome is also the gateway to further adventure in the Kimberley region. Extended tours and cruises depart from Broome as well as car and campervan hire.
The warm and dry winter months, from May to October is the Kimberley’s Dry Season. This is the most popular time to travel. A smaller number of visitors choose to travel in the quieter months between November and April, during the Wet Season. Some tours and accommodation options may not be available at this time of year.