Where the red dirt meets the ocean, the colourful pearling capital of Broome beckons travellers from around Australia and the world. Once a sleepy outback pearling town, Broome has long been renowned for its relaxed atmosphere and unique character.
This pearl in the heart of the North West is a gateway to the west Kimberley with all of its adventures, but offers plenty of reasons to stay for a relaxing getaway or romantic break, a family holiday or a fishing adventure.
The town is surrounded by the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean, with the white sandy stretch of Cable Beach contrasting with the red rocks of Gantheaume Point and the dusky sands of Roebuck Bay. Compact to explore, 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, and the dinosaurs that roamed the ancient lands have left their mark, with their footsteps 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, with extended tours and cruises departing from Broome as well as car and campervan hire.
How to get to Broome
Broome is serviced by twice daily direct flights from Perth year round, with seasonal direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
When to travel to Broome
The warm and dry winter months, from May to October, is the Kimberley's Dry Season and 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.