There are so many uniquely Australian experiences on this Top 10 list of things to do in Broome.
Visit the perpetually sunny, friendly, multicultural pearling town of Broome in north-west Western Australia and you will never want to leave. A fusion of peacefulness, intriguing history and vivid Indigenous culture, Broome also offers rugged natural beauty, from stunning turquoise water to vast white beaches and the spectacular Kimberley.
Steer your camel along the pristine Cable Beach as a blazing sunset unfolds before your eyes. As the sun sinks into the ocean, the sky lights up in powerful red and orange, matching the ochres of the region. This early evening experience will stay with you long after the sun has gone down.
Enjoy a craft beer and a delicious meal at the iconic Matso’s Brewery, overlooking Roebuck Bay. Choose from the wide range of award-winning beers, including Smokey Bishop dark lager, Hit The Toad mid-strength, Pearler’s Pale Ale, Mango Beer or Matso’s famous alcoholic Ginger Beer.
Learn about Broome’s fascinating pearling history at this immaculately maintained final resting place. More than 900 pearl divers are interred in the Japanese cemetery alone. Their sacrifice helped build the town and their contribution is the stuff of legend. View the colourful beach rock headstones that stand in testament to the town’s history.
Browse the world’s finest pearl showrooms and take home a classic souvenir to wear forever. Tour restored luggers in dry dock, learn about pearling history, watch a demonstration of old diving gear and even sample pearl meat. A fascinating mix of Colonial and Asian architecture, Chinatown is Broome’s main shopping district. Don’t miss the Sunday markets in Johnny Chi Lane.
Explore the culture and history of the world’s oldest continuous culture through the creative genius on display at Short Street Gallery in Chinatown. The extensive collections highlight the varied and distinctive styles of the different Aboriginal tribal groups and provide artistic context to the achievements and tragedies of Indigenous Australia.
Enjoy a banquet of local mud crab at Brizo Restaurant at Pinctada Cable Beach Resort and Spa or the much-loved Wharf Restaurant. A must for food lovers, mud crab is best served with lashings of chilli. Catch your own in a tidal estuary and have them cooked for you.
See the colours of the Kimberley on this stretch of white sandy beach just a 10-minute drive from Broome. Set against a red rock cliff overlooking the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, the Point has interpretive signs that describe its history, including dinosaur footprints preserved in reef rock that can be seen at low tide.
Mix with the locals and shop for crafts, jewellery and fresh produce or just relax on the grass and listen to a didgeridoo performance. Browse the stalls offering sparkling crystals, hand-blown or painted glass, lanterns and plates, clothes, scarves, photos, paintings and ceramics. Chat to local tour operators and environmentalists about the wonders of the Kimberley.
An unforgettable wilderness experience awaits at the Eco Beach resort, a 90-minute drive south of Broome. Choose an opulent safari tent, villa or beach house accommodation and enjoy daily yoga sessions, spa treatments, stand-up paddle boarding, sea kayaking, whale watching tours and fishing charters. You can take a day trips on a 12-minute flight from Broome over stunning Roebuck Bay.
Experience one of the world’s most spectacular natural phenomena when massive tidal movements create a waterfall effect as they hurtle between two narrow coastal gorges. Fly to Talbot Bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago by seaplane and land on the water before boarding a 600-horsepower jet boat for an exhilarating thrill ride through the “Falls”. Located closer to town is the Staircase to the Moon which occurs when the full moon rises over the exposed tidal flats of Roebuck Bay between March and October, creating an optical illusion that there is a staircase all the way to the moon.