Though a great place for tourists, visitors are most likely interested in the turquoise waters or the pearls in Broome. Situated on the Indian Ocean at the Northwest tip of Australia, Broome has been a pearling town for generations. With a large influence of Asian cultures, Broome is known to be a melting pot of people and cultures. The average weather in this city is between 70 and 90 degrees, with warm winds coming off the ocean.
1.Broome Bird Observatory
BirdLife’s Broome Bird Observatory has been researching and protecting shorebirds since 1988 when the observatory opened. BirdLife is entirely self-funded, but that doesn’t stop them from welcoming guests and visitors to take part in migratory bird research. If you choose to visit Broome Bird Conservatory, there are courses offered to teach you how to research and observe shorebirds, tours for those just wanting to check out what BirdLife is doing, and accommodations for those who require it. Courses include accommodation at the observatory headquarters, transportation to and from Broome, and guided instruction on using BBO scopes.
Broome WA 6725, Australia, Phone: 61-8-91-93-56-00
2.Cable Beach Club
Cable Beach Club is more than a hotel, it is a luxury resort. The resort includes two pools and four restaurants. When staying with Cable Beach Club, decide whether you’d rather stay in a suite, a studio, or a bungalow – all include and Asian and colonial fusion. Be sure to book a spa visit while staying at the resort, then make your way over to one of the restaurants for tapas-style food or Asian-influenced cuisine. While at Cable Beach Club, you’ll want to make your way onto the beach, Cable Beach being Broome’s most famous beach.
1 Cable Beach Road W, Boome WA 6725, Australia, Phone: 61-8-91-92-04-00
When Australia is mentioned, you’ll likely think of the untouched lands and the native people called Aboriginals. Just a short drive outside of Broome, the Bardi and Nyul Nyul people are two Aboriginal tribes who live on Dampier Peninsula. They welcome guests to come and experience their native culture. Dampier Peninsula is home to the Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, where some of the most beautiful pearl jewelry is for sale, witness a pearl harvest, and let your taste buds have an adventure with some pearl meat. You can also stay in the Dampier Peninsula in a safari tent, campsite, or cottage.
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A short ten-minute drive out of Broome will bring you to Gantheaume Point. This location is a breathtaking vista of red rocks, sparkling Indian Ocean, and white sandy beaches. Closely connected to Cable Beach, this is a fantastic swimming area for visitors. Tourists enjoy checking out the Dinosaur footprint, tough the real footprint, which is 130 million years old, is preserved in the reef and can only be seen at low tide. Visitors may also want to check out the Gantheaume Point cliffs and lighthouse. Though a popular swimming spot, there are no lifeguards on duty.
Gantheaume Point Rad, Broome WA 6725, Australia, Phone: 61-8-91-95-22-00
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Located on the Nature preserve in Kimbolton, Horizontal Falls is a popular tourist attraction. Seaplanes often ride the rapids, taking to the air just in time to see this unique natural wonder. There are technically no waterfalls to see, but the name was given when locals noticed how the stream of water tends to look like sideways waterfalls. There can be a small waterfall of up to 15 feet at times, but the most unique part of this natural wonder is the reversing of tides. Depending on when you visit, you may see the water travel in both directions as the tides change.
Kimbolton WA 6728, Australia
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Because of the great pearling industry, many Japanese immigrants moved to Broome to settle and farm. This is one reason that the Asian influence is so strong throughout Broome. The Japanese Cemetery is a place where people can pay their respects to these immigrants and the roles they played in settling Broome. It dates back to 1896, and over 700 gravestones are made from beach rocks, giving this area a colorful and peaceful garden feel. In the cemetery is a giant obelisk that lists those who drowned during the 1908 cyclone in the area.
1 Port Drive, Broome WA 6725, Australia, Phone: 08-9195-2200
7.Roebuck Bay & Staircase to the Moon
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The Staircase to the Moon is a natural wonder that happens yearly in Broome. Roebuck Bay is the best place to see the Staircase to the Moon. It happens when the tide is out over the tidal flats in the bay. Happening each month between March and October, these exposed flats give the appearance of stairs that can be climbed right to the moon. Checking the schedule ahead of time is the best option since the best days and exact times to see the Staircase to the Moon are predicted in advance. There will likely be many people visiting during this time, so checking out a guided tour may be advantageous.
Roebuck Bay, Broome WA 6725, Australia
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Australia is known for its beautiful vistas and gorgeous clear waters. With the largest coral reef in the world, the Great Barrier Reef, located off the coast of Australia, it should be no surprise there is no lack of marine life and excellent diving spots all around the continent. While Broome is on the other side of the country from the Great Barrier Reef, the Rowley Shoals Marine Park provides just as much majestic diving and snorkeling in these crystal-clear lagoons. Rowley Shoals is also an excellent place for fishing in the deeper waters. You must take a cruise to get to the park since it is about 300 kilometers off the coast of Broome.
Rowley Shoals, Australia
9.Sun Picture Gardens
America loves drive-ins. Though this bygone era is not as common as it once was, there are still some lingering today. In Broome, Australia, Sun Pictures takes outdoor movies to a new level. As the world’s oldest running outdoor cinema, Sun Picture Gardens is a guaranteed good and unique time. Every night, two movies are shown, while guests can sit on blankets in front of the screen or canvas seats beneath a verandah. All movies are new releases, but guests must buy tickets to each movie they wish to see. Unlike drive-ins, admission does not cover both movies.
27 Carnarvon Street, Broome WA6725, Australia, Phone: 61-8-91-92-10-77
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10.Willie Creek Pearl Farm
Willie Creek Pearl Farm has been commercial pearling for over 30 years. Visitors to the farm will be amazed at the rich history of pearl farming in Broome. Guests are invited to sign up for one of the many tours offered by Willie Creek, such as the helicopter tour or the complete pearl experience. Pearl lovers may also want to take in a live pearl harvest in the oysters' natural habitat, which can later be put into a setting. Many of the tours include a tea or meal to enjoy during the visit. Before leaving, check out the jeweler as he creates beautiful jewelry pieces for purchase, or have your pearl appraised.
Willie Creek Road, Broome WA 6725, Australia, Phone: 61-8-91-92-00-00
10 Best Things to Do in Broome, Western Australia
- Broome Bird Observatory, Photo: Marion/stock.adobe.com
- Cable Beach Club, Photo: WITTE-ART.com/stock.adobe.com
- Dampier Peninsula, Photo: Marion/stock.adobe.com
- Gantheaume Point, Photo: sara_winter/stock.adobe.com
- Horizontal Falls, Photo: Mr Privacy/stock.adobe.com
- Japanese Cemetery, Photo: Rafael Ben-Ari/stock.adobe.com
- Roebuck Bay & Staircase to the Moon, Photo: Isaac Barber/stock.adobe.com
- Rowley Shoals, Photo: Severe/stock.adobe.com
- Sun Picture Gardens, Photo: Alexander/stock.adobe.com
- Willie Creek Pearl Farm, Photo: FiledIMAGE/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Belen Ochoa/stock.adobe.com