BROOME – THE AUSTRALIAN TRAVELLER GUIDE
Red dusty plains, clear skies, aquamarine waterholes and beaches, this is a masterpiece called Broome. A land of dramatic contrasts in colour and weather combined with the rich culture and history of Broome makes it one of Australia’s most beautiful getaways.
WHERE TO STAY
There are heaps of places to stay in Broome. Whether you’re backing through the region, camping or bunking down in style, there’s something for everyone.
WHAT TO DO
If you want a peaceful holiday in a colourful setting, keep reading. Broome is the easy outback side of life. Alternatively it is either the end or beginning (or both) of the great trip of a lifetime, the Kimberley.
In Broome itslef, the clear blue water of Cable Beach is the main point of relaxation where people are spread out on towels sunbathing, swimming, sailing on a pearl lugger, fishing or simply taking in the surroundings. Explore the multicultural pearling history of the area or
the indigenous communities of Minyirr Park on a guided tour.
Let the beach to take you back in history to a time when dinosaurs roamed Broome. 130 million year old dinosaur footprints can be distinctly seen during low tide at Gantheaume Point.
WHEN TO TRAVEL
Peak season is the dry season May to October. The wet season (November to April) still has sunny days, but with afternoon storms and the occasional cyclones. The wet also coincides with the arrival of the horrible Irukandi jellyfish. To avoid the nasty sting, read the warning signs around the beaches so you know where to swim.
Broome airport is within walking distance of the town center.Being a well-known Southern gateway to the Kimberly region, Broome has regular air access from most states.
If you’re driving straight down the coast from Perth (through Geraldton), the 2357km would take 29 hours.
For more on Broome, go to: www.broomevisitorcentre.com.au
It’s said that 52 languages are spoken around Broome – which translates to a lot of different flavours in its restaurants and cafes. We asked Paul Coggan, general manager of local accommodation secret The Pearle, for the best local eats. He didn’t disappoint: The Mango Place At first, it doesn’t look like much – a ramshackle collection of plastic chairs and wooden tables in the red dirt, beneath a canopy of fringed palms and multicoloured lanterns – but this mango farm (which makes its own mango wine, port, jam and more) does the best wood fired pizza in Broome, or...
Score: 8.27 Just like the town itself, ‘winter’ here isn’t quite like anywhere else in the world. “There’s nothing else like this town on the planet,” agrees Catriona Rowntree. “I love it. It revels in its history, its natural beauty and is always looking forward.” Don’t forget the obligatory sundowner cocktail at Cable Beach Sunset Bar while you’re here. More info: visitbroome.com.au Book this adventure with our sponsor Back to the 100 Holidays Subscribe...
Not much beats a sunset stroll along a spellbindingly pretty beach. Not much, of course, except for when you’re doing the strolling atop a majestic – and charmingly friendly – mammal. Find out why it’s such a bucket list item and book a sunset camel ride through one of the three operators in Broome. The kids will (hopefully) love the camels, you’ll fall in love with the spectacular beach vistas, the softly dropping light, and that famed pace of life they call ‘Broome time’ – to which the camels seem well attuned. There are also morning and ‘pre-sunset’ tours on...
The former Frangipani Resort in Broome has reopened this week as Mantra Frangipani Broome. The 62-apartment property, just a few minutes from iconic Cable Beach, becomes the fifth property for the Mantra Group in Western Australia, with two in Perth and one each in Bunbury and Geraldton. The apartments all have private courtyards and open-air showers in line with Broome’s tropical climate. Prices weren't available when Australian Traveller magazine first reported the change in issue 51, but rates for a 1-bedroom apartment now start at $199 (seasonal and with minimum stays). See www.mantra.com.au for more information. Upcoming Broome Events -17 August: Broome...
Drag yourself away from the beach for the day and you’ll be rewarded with some truly amazing Kimberley experiences, says Tawnee Rothe 1. Set sail on Broome’s oldest pearling lugger Continue the pearling experience aboard Intombi, Broome’s oldest authentic wooden pearling lugger. As one of a handful of luggers still afloat, passengers can cruise on maritime history. The lugger was originally built in 1903 and has since been restored to her former glory to take small groups (no more than 20), around Broome, with gourmet food and alcoholic beverages also available. Sunset cruises take five hours and are $149 per...
On the edge of Australia lies a vivid landscape of blues, whites and dusty reds, as colourful as the town’s history. Daniel Scott gets to know Broome. Approaching from the air, the dramatic isolation and natural blessings that make Broome so desirable are vividly laid out in a colour-saturated panorama. This is an isolated town, located at the edge of the Great Sandy Desert; vast tracts of virtually-uninhabited coastline fan out on either side, while the north-south peninsula it occupies juts into the gleaming Indian Ocean like a double-hooked fishing pole. Many alluring images of Broome are now so entrenched they...
It’s an Australian first: Chahoya Spa at Broome’s Cable Beach Club Resort has just been crowned the country’s first official L’Occitane retreat. Along with the French company’s lush products, each of the seven treatment cabins combines artworks reflecting the Dreamtime and treatments inspired by healing philosophies from around the world. For more information seee cablebeachclub.com
The quiet retreat that’s big on awards Eco Beach resort, Broome, WA This outstanding wilderness retreat has endless beaches and natural wonders to explore. Scott, who scored it a 9, reckons it’s especially good for its “clothing-optional approach which apparently appealed to Elle Macpherson.” Interesting...
Fleur Bainger was on a regular holiday in Broome when she heard about the ocean tides that flood the landscape on a six-hour circuit. So she signed up for a fly-in visit. But watching them from the air is one thing – getting sucked into a whirlpool is quite another Looking intently through my camera lens, I try desperately to harness the scene before me. Millions of litres of seawater scream past at breakneck speed, gliding effortlessly over 1.8 billion-year-old rock formations as only liquid can, then bubbling up as though boiling from the earth’s core. My happy snapping...
Where is it? North-east of Broome, off Dampier Peninsula How to see it for yourself? To get an aerial view of the “falls”, take a scenic flight over the Buccaneer Archipelago with Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures. Or take a cruise with Kimberley Extreme. Why I love it “An aerial view of the Horizontal Waterfalls is unforgettable. Huge tides in this area create a phenomenon where the massive tidal water movement rushes through two small gaps in these high cliffs to form a horizontal waterfall.” – Jo Durbridge, Australia’s North West Image by Tourism Western Australia MORE: Australian Traveller’s Ultimate Kimberley Guide...
Ever wonder if that must-do experience your mates tell you about will actually measure up? Fleur Bainger sets out to see whether a Broome camel ride is all it’s cracked up to be. We’ve all heard it. The insistent tones, the urging enthusiasm. “You’re going to Broome? Oh! You’ve GOT to do a camel ride on Cable Beach at sunset – it’s the BEST!” The best, eh? But is it? Is the most raved-about experience on one of Australia’s most famous beaches also going to be the biggest tourist trap this side of the Nullarbor? Will it, just maybe, be...
Pamela Wright heads into the heart of the Kimberley to learn more about our indigenous cultural heritage, take a camel trek, spot a giant emu and brave a swinging tea billy. Leaning against his 4WD, waiting patiently for his early morning passengers to arrive, tour guide Rob Bamkin is keen to get this Purely Unreal Kimberley adventure on the road. There’s a fair drive ahead – about three hours to the Aboriginal community of Jarlmadangah. As we head out of Broome towardsDerby, past mango plantations and pearl farms, Rob explains that we’ll be travelling through cattle country before crossing theFitzroyRiverto Jarlmadangah....
Where is it? 260km offshore, west of Broome, WA. We have some magnificent snorkelling sites and reef dives, but this little-known Marine Park is one of the best. Overlooked in favour of the more accessible Great Barrier Reef, Rowley Shoals’ beauty is enhanced by the fact you will often be among the only people swimming here. “Anything involving North Star Cruises is going to be good.” Bob Ansett Three coral atolls comprise Rowley Shoals: Clerke Reef, Imperieuse Reef and Mermaid Reef, with drops up to 400m to the ocean floor. Marine life abounds. Big beasties such as sharks, dolphins, marlin,...
Where is it? 2200km north of Perth, on the Kimberley coast, WA. Pearls might bring to mind the glamour of old Hollywood rather than the oceanic equivalent of the Australian gold rush, but the pearl is something of an Aussie icon, as Broome’s annual Shinju Matsuri (Japanese for ‘Festival of the Pearl’) demonstrates. The history of pearl diving here is as dark as the pearl is iridescent: even skilled divers often got the bends or died in their perilous pursuit. These days, it’s easier to find a pearl in Broome: just walk the streets of Chinatown. But it’s more rewarding...
Where is it? Broome, the Kimberley, WA We don’t know what it is about Cable Beach and sunsets, but it tends to bring out tourists on camel back. Strung out in single-file silhouette, they are a distinctive early evening feature of this stretch of Kimberley coast. No matter how clichéd you think the experience is as you sit here reading your mag, we defy you not to get swept up in the romance of the region and join a train when you next find yourself on Cable Beach....
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