town in Kimberley region of Western Australia

Not to be confused with Broome County in New York.

Broome is the most populous town in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, with 14,660 residents in 2021. It serves as the gateway to explore the northern coast of the state. The town boomed due to the pearling industry that began in the late 19th century, enticing Europeans and Asian labourers that now make up its multicultural population.

The sun setting into the ocean
Sunset over Cable Beach, Broome

Understand Edit

Broome is on the northern coast of Western Australia, midway between Darwin (Northern Territory) and Perth, the capital of Western Australia; it's still a long 2,000 km (1,200 mi) from Broome to both cities.

The town has a permanent population of 14,000 inhabitants; that number grows more than twofold during the dry season as Australians from south of the city flock over to enjoy the weather and the outdoors. Hotels and camping grounds can easily be fully booked.

The town has an interesting history based on the exploits of the men and women who developed the pearling industry, starting with the harvesting of oysters for mother of pearl in the 1880s to today's huge cultured pearl farming enterprises. The riches from the pearl beds did not come cheap and the town's Japanese cemetery is the resting place of more than 900 Japanese divers who lost their lives working in the industry.

Climate Edit

Broome's climate is similar to that of the Australian northern coast. 80% of its annual rainfall falls during the rainy season (December to April), and tropical depression or cyclones are not uncommon to graze or make landfall along the Kimberley region coast every year. It's also warm and humid with high temperatures around 32 °C.

The tourist season is during the dry season (May-October) where hardly any rain falls and the temperature is a tad cooler with lower humidity; resulting in a much more comfortable condition to get outdoors.

Tourist information Edit

Get in Edit

By bus Edit

Greyhound Australia has a line GX680/GX860 from Darwin to Broome.

By car Edit

By plane Edit

Get around Edit

Broome is spread out, with the beaches, lookouts, shops and restaurants up to around 5 km distant from each other. Cable Beach is quite removed from Chinatown and the Town Beach area, so you'll have to give some consideration as to how you are going to get between them. When you are thinking that through, make sure you think about the weather at that time of year - as even short walks in very hot weather can be difficult.

By foot Edit

It will take you the best part of an hour to walk from Cable Beach to Chinatown, and it's hot.

By bus Edit

  • The Town Bus runs regular services connecting Cable Beach to downtown and Chinatown. Every half an hour in the dry and every hour in the wet. It is a popular service, used by visitors and locals. The drivers sometimes shout out the stops as they pass, but they are always happy to give directions and to assist when they can. Usually runs to time (traffic delays aren't common in Broome).

By car Edit

All the major national car hire companies are represented at the airport but their booths aren't always staffed. Book ahead.

By bike Edit

It is easy and safe to get around by bicycle in Broome. There are cycleways alongside of just about every main road in Broome. Certainly cycling between Cable Beach, Chinatown and Town Beach is straightforward. However, take care in the heat if you aren't used to it. Cycleways are very exposed, so take it easy.

  • Broome Cycles (in town, next to McDonald's and opposite the service station; or truck at Cable Beach, about 200 m towards town along Cable Beach Road). Cable Beach truck only open until noon, 7 days during the season..

See Edit

  • Entrance Point. Massive rock formations carved by strong winds are scattered all over this beach near the port of Broome.
  • Boab Trees - These interesting trees are common in Madagascar, but can be found around Broome.
  • The beaches - Cable, Redell and Town Beaches are amazing.
  • Pearl Luggers - Two reconditioned luggers and an enthralling presentation on pearl diving by "Salty Dog" Baillieu.
  • The Wharf.
  • Gantheaume Point. Red cliffs and turquoise blue water.
  • Malcolm Douglas Broome Crocodile Farm.
  • Sun Pictures. An unusual open air cinema with deck chairs. It shows current releases.
  • 1 Broome Historical Museum, 67 Robinson St, +61 8 9192 2075. Learn more about the attack by the Japanese on 3 March 1942 along with many other aspects of local history.

Do Edit

Camel rides are a popular tourist activity

Buy Edit

  • Pearls. South sea pearls are a large part of the history of Broome, and are grown locally in the region. Dampier Terrace has a range of shops selling local pearls, with several of the local farmers represented in their own stores. If you are in the market for pearls, first pay a visit to the Pearl Information Centre, just behind the tourist information centre in town. They have displays with information on the history, types, and how to choose the pearl for you.
  • Willie Creek Pearl Farm (about 35 km from Broome). A working pearl farm with demonstrations on pearl seeding.

Eat Edit

  • Aarli Bar, 2/6 Hamersley St, +61 8 9192-5529. 8AM to midnight. For great tapas and pizzas, just across from the Courthouse Market area
  • Asian Noodle, Out the front of Broome Boulevarde Shopping Centre. For when you just want a takeaway stir fry, fried rice or laksa. Or spaghetti carbonara for some unknown reason.
  • Azuki, 15 Napier Terrace. 11AM-2:30PM, 5:30-9PM, closed Saturday and Sunday. Fir Japanese fusion near Chinatown
  • Café D'Amore. Hidden away in a residential area, good Italian food and wood fired pizza.
  • Divers Tavern, 12 Cable Beach Road West. 11AM-midnight. For standard pub fare at the bar or some more interesting offerings in the Bistro out the back
  • Kool Spot Cafe Restaurant, 2, 12 Carnarvon St. Fancy café food in Chinatown
  • Matsos Brewery, 60 Hamersley St, +61 8 9193-5811. 7AM-10PM. For great boutique beers and gastro pub food with excellent tasting plates.
  • Ra Ra's Cafe, 26 Dampier Tce. A friendly café with everything from laksa to burritos on the menu.
  • Rambutan, Cable Beach Club. At the Cable Beach Club - pricey but lovely Thai food by the Beach Club's pool.
  • Selene Brasserie, 10 Murray St, Cable Beach, +61 8 9193-8388. For Mediterranean, Middle Eastern food by the pool.
  • Shady Lane Cafe, Johnny Chi Ln, +61 8 9192 2060. 7AM-2:30PM. Modern, casual cafe in the heart of Broome
  • Wharf Restaurant, 401 Port Drive, +61 8 9192-5700. Fresh fish restaurant with great views across the bay - it's a fair way out of town but worth the effort. Eat in, or grab some takeaway and head around to the beach at Entrance Point to watch the sunset.

Drink Edit

Sleep Edit

  • Moonlight Bay Suites, 51 Carnarvon st, +61 8 9195-5200. Broome, Right on Roebuck Bay, this place is spectacular. Fully self contained suites situated on massive manicured gardens, massive lagoon pool, and day spa facilities.
  • Cable Beach Backpackers, 12 Sanctuary Road, +61 8 9193-5511. A good spot, the only hostel close to cable beach. But make sure you book beds in advance (especially the one 7-bed dorm!), as the staff have a habit of overbooking and you'll end up sleeping in the garden at the back of the hostel. There's a small pool there, and a chaotic kitchen.
  • Cable Beach Club Resort. Right on cable beach, this place is famous. Great kids club, pool scene, and chilled adults only swimming pool. You will have to save up to stay here though.
  • Mercure Broom, +61 8 9195-5900. On Roebuck Bay (1 km from the town centre), positioned in tropical gardens and set between red desert and azure sea. It has been refurbished, features 136 rooms, a restaurant, two bars, and a swimming pool.
  • Oaks Broome, 99 Robinson Street, +61 7 3246 1717, . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 10AM. This property, offering long and short stays, is located near Cable Beach and is a short distance from the airport. Consists of on-site restaurant and bar, two swimming pools and offer free parking and laundry service.
  • Oaks Cable Beach Sanctuary, 1 Lullfitz Drive, Cable Beach, +61 7 3246 1718, . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 10AM. This resort contains 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments and suites. Facilities include four swimming pools plus a kids' pool, sun deck, restaurant and bar.

Stay safe Edit

Opportunistic muggings sometimes occur in the main town or on deserted streets nearby. Victims are usually men aged between 20 and 50. These such muggings have been reported to be very violent and unexpected, with the victim being punched to the floor and then having their pockets raided, usually by a pair of muggers. Locals will say that such situations can simply be avoided by being vigilant and keeping a distance from any suspicious looking people while walking.

Go next Edit

Its a long way to just about anywhere from Broome, and often not that much is there when you get there.

Attractions within a day's round trip include:

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