Drag yourself away from the beach for the day and you’ll be rewarded with some truly amazing Kimberley experiences.
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 person.
2. Outback sci-fi
Take a sci-fi journey across Roebuck Bay with Broome Hovercraft Eco Adventure Tours. This aeronautical ride takes you over tidal flats, sand bars and past mangroves, as well as other unreachable destinations around the bay.
Experiences vary from a romantic sunset tour, complete with hors d’oeuvres, to the prehistoric tour, which takes in some of the world’s best preserved ancient dinosaur footprints, fossilised in beachside rocks. Prices from $111 per adult and $80 per child, including transfers.
3. The Bungle Bundle
Broome Aviation offer a boat and air trip called Bungle Bungle Geikie tour with many memorable highlights in between. Key features of the regions magnificent landscape you can tick off the tourist hit list include a historic town tour of Fitzroy Crossing before boarding a boat, which takes you through spectacular Geikie Gorge and the world of the Aboriginal Dreamtime.
Back on the aircraft you will traverse Purnululu National Park to take in the awe-inspiring natural dome-shaped wonders of the Bungle Bungles. After another stop off for lunch the final leg of the journey takes you over the pioneering town of Derby before returning to Broome. The 11-hour adventure costs $1205 per person.
View of the Bungle Bungles, located in the heritage listed Purnululu National Park
4. Desert Dwellers Safari
Saddle up for the quintessential Broome experience with Broome Camel Safaris on iconic Cable Beach. There are a few tour options but our pick is the one-hour Sunset Camel Tour, run by one of Broome’s most experienced camel operators, and includes a pair of freshwater pearl earrings as a parting gift. Nice. The sunset tour is $70 for adults and $55 for children.
An iconic experience you will remember forever
5. Pearls for the girls
No adventure to Australia’s pearling capital would be complete without stopping at Willie Creek pearl farm. As one of Western Australia’s most awarded tours, Willie Creek is situated approximately 38 kilometres north of Broome and is accessible by coach, helicopter or car. Take a boat ride through azure waters where visitors are given an insight into pearl cultivation, followed by a chance to purchase pearls in The Kimberley’s most isolated pearl showroom on the banks of Willie Creek. Tours start at $55 per adult and $30 per child.
6. Defy gravity at Horizontal Falls
Described by David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders in the world”, the Horizontal Falls near Broome is one of the most unique waterfalls on earth.
The best way to experience this natural phenomenon is with Horizontal Falls Adventures, onboard what is said to be the fastest boat in The Kimberley. Passengers are taken through the fast moving tidal flow, followed by the opportunity to swim with ocean beasts in their crocodile-and-shark-free cage.
The six-hour tour includes return seaplane flights from Broome, breakfast and lunch. From $745 per adult and $645 for children.
Take a cruise through the Kimberley.
7. Paradise at the tip
Two hundred kilometres north of Broome on the tip of Dampier Peninsula, you’ll find Cape Leveque, home to some of Australia’s most beautiful and deserted beaches. Here travellers can spend the day soaking in sparkling turquoise waters, framed by striking rich red cliffs – a Kimberley icon.
Although remote, it’s worth the effort, particularly with a variety of water sports available such as kayaking, swimming, fishing and snorkelling. Travellers can opt for the three-and-a-half hour drive from Broome, but we recommend taking advantage of the landscape with a scenic flight. From $495 per person.
The dramatic coastline on the way up to Cape Leveque (photo: James Whineray).
8. See the universe
See far beyond Broome with Greg Quicke’s Astro Tours, which focus on what’s said to be some of the best stargazing skies on the planet. Using massive telescopes and lasers, guests will see planets, galaxies and moons visible from both the southern and northern hemispheres due to Broome’s proximity to the equator. Prices start from $65 for adults and $35 for kids. 9. Trikes and tucker
Bikes and buses are nothing new; but a trike or better yet, being chauffeured in a limo trike is certainly unique. This is one of the options with Broome Trike Tours, which take guests around the local area. Other tour options include meeting crocodiles at the Malcolm Douglas Wildlife Park, sampling chilli beer at iconic Broome watering hole Matso’s Micro Brewery, and taste-testing bush tucker at Minyarr Park. Prices start from $50 per person for a pre-dinner champagne cruise.
10. Not just for guests
Enjoy the perks of being a guest at Eco Beach Resort, without staying a night. Situated 100 kilometres south of Broome on Roebuck Bay, Eco Beach offer a myriad of experiences for guests and day-trippers alike. And with a brand new airstrip, a scenic flight from Broome takes a speedy 12 minutes.
Whale watching cruises and mud crabbing at Jack’s Creek (they’ll cook your catch on hot coals later), are among the choices, as well as guided bush walks and massage. Activities start at $30 per person.
11. Discover The Dreaming
Learn about the local Indigenous culture with a three-hour journey east of Broome to the remote community at Jarlmadangah Burru on a Kimberley Dreamtime Adventure Tour with Kimberley Wild Expeditions.
Here you’ll discover Indigenous traditions, including hunting techniques, bush tucker, bush medicine and Aboriginal rock art with detailed stories about The Dreaming. As well as sampling local bush tucker, guests also have the privilege of sharing lunch with locals at their private campsite. A truly authentic cultural experience off the tourist path.
Don’t go chasing…
The Kimberley for the time poor: Broome Aviation’s Gorgeous Gorges tour is a full-day adventure that encompasses the region’s must-dos, with scenic flights over gorges, waterfalls, red ranges and remote islands that make up Buccaneer Archipelago.
But what makes this experience so special is the opportunity to travel on land too. Among the many stops is Windjana Gorge, home to the revered Johnstone River Crocodile and an ancient reef system that’s significant to geologists. Passengers can cool off with a swim at Bell Gorge waterfall. Prices from $990 per person.
MORE: Australian Traveller’s Ultimate Kimberley Guide