Broome is a charming tropical town in the remote Kimberley region of Australia. Nestled on a peninsula and surrounded by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the town is a popular holiday destination for Aussies and visitors alike who come to enjoy balmy nights, beaches, hiking, art galleries, and fresh seafood.
Starting life in the late 1800s as a pearling port, Broome grew from the hard work and (mis)fortunes of a multicultural population of pearlers who came from as far abroad as Europe, Japan, and China. The town’s history is still evident today in its people, places, and attractions.
The area’s famous red rocks, long beaches, deserts, and cliffs are an inspiration to many artists who live here and their work can be seen in several art galleries throughout the town.
Broome’s main attraction, however, has to be Cable Beach, a 22km (13.6m) long stretch of perfectly white sand. During the dry season, from May to October, you can swim safely in the ocean but during the wet season (when the sea is at its warmest) you may wish to stick to the swimming pools due to the presence of stingers (box jellyfish and Irukandji). Whatever season you visit; make sure you take a sunset camel trek along Cable Beach.
During dry season at nearby Town Beach it is possible to see the much-photographed ‘staircase to the moon’, a stunning visual illusion created by the reflection of the rising moon off the nearby tidal flats. This is best observed during full moon and there are plenty of places nearby to grab a bite to eat.
Other activities include seeing real dinosaur prints at Gantheaume Point, visiting the Roebuck Bay Bird Observatory and the aquaculture centre in Manaba or just simply lying back in a deck chair to watch a movie at Broome’s perfectly tiny outdoor cinema.