My first taste of Broome was in 2000, I joined my colleagues on a weekend educational to explore the coastal town. It really was love at first sight…
Our time was spent touring Broome by land and air, visiting many popular, scenic and historical sights. The beautiful and often rustic town is bordered to the south-east by Roebuck Bay, a turquoise gem, and Gantheaume Point to Cable Beach, a sunset photographer’s dream, to the west.
It was 2005 when I decided to move to Broome, my plan to spend 6 months. Of course, I fell in love (with Broome and my now husband) and stayed 18 months. Since 2006 I have returned to Broome for holidays on many occasions, the most recent a holiday with our toddler and extended family.
Broome is a perfect getaway for couples, singles and young families alike, especially from Perth. A short two and a half hour flight and you’re in paradise. With many Broome accommodation options available, from self-contained holiday apartments, historical residences, comfortable hotels to luxury resorts, you’ll be spoilt for choice. A popular option is the Cable Beach Club & Resort, situated beside Cable Beach, it offers an array of room styles from hotel rooms to self-contained bungalows, apartments and villas to luxurious suites. The family friendly resort has many facilities including four dining outlets, two pools (one adults only, the other a sprawling child friendly option), a water playground, children’s playground, mini golf, tennis courts, gym and spa & salon.
Touring Broome is fairly easy, being a small town, perfect for hiring and driving a car. A local bus service operates a loop to connect Cable Beach, Chinatown and Town Beach, hourly to half-hourly frequency in the busier months. Taxis are plentiful and given the short distances, relatively inexpensive.
I’m thankful for Broome’s multicultural population, the result is an amazing selection of dining options. Many Broome accommodation properties have onsite restaurants offering local produce, including freshly caught barramundi. The town’s remoteness usually means produce prices are higher, so don’t expect cheaper city prices. A few favourites include The Zookeepers Store, Matso’s Broome Brewery and Dragonfly Café. A recent edition to Chinatown is Mr Saigon, offering fresh and delectable Vietnamese cuisine. For a quick coffee and snack try The Good Cartel (with a drive-through option!) and The Lockup Café, both in Chinatown.
Cable Beach is famous, not only for its white sandy beach, but its sunsets. The beach, foreshore and nearby Sunset Bar are littered with people viewing and capturing the perfect shot as the sun appears to drop below the horizon over the ocean. Postcard perfect!
If you’re in Broome on the weekend or during the natural phenomena, Staircase to the Moon, I recommend perusing the local wares and array of food vans at the markets. A personal favourite is the van serving deep fried spring rolls with around 8 different flavours including banana with honey!
Shopping isn’t what Broome is known for, unless you’re in the market for a glorious white jewel - the magnificent pearl. Broome was first founded as a pearling port over 100 years ago and the industry has grown dramatically since. Many Pearl retail stores scatter the town, offerings include affordable fresh water pearl jewellery through to elaborate Australian pearl designs.
You’ll never be short of choice when it comes to Broome tours. Delve into the pearling history and industry with a pearl farm tour, join a town tour and uncover the colourful history of Broome. Cruise the waters of Roebuck bay or journey beyond and fish for a ‘Barra’. Scenic flights are a great way to view and travel Broome and the Kimberley, with shorter helicopter flights or longer heli-safaris, seaplane adventures or guided small aircraft sightseeing tours from Broome. If you’re looking for a unique experience, search for dinosaur footprints or flying boat wrecks on a hovercraft tour, ride a camel on Cable Beach, visit Malcolm Douglas’ Crocodile Park, or get a taste for astronomy with Greg Quicke’s Astro Tours. If you’re wishing to venture further afield, there are many cruises and tours
from Broome exploring the nearby Dampier Peninsula, Kimberley coast and the Gibb River Road.
My favourite time to visit Broome is May or September, the weather is warm with moderate humidity, and the crowds thinner. You’ll find me on Cable Beach, having hired an umbrella and sun lounger from Broome Beach Hut, enjoying the sand between my toes, watching aircraft arriving or departing Broome Airport and the ocean lapping the shore. Realistically, I’ll be covered in sand, building castles and collecting shells with the little one!
Relax into Broome-time and soon enough you too will dread leaving this gem.
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