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Broome, Australia

Broome is the most populous town in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, serving as the gateway to exploring the whole northern coast of the state. The town was booming due to the pearling industry that has been discovered in the late 19th century, enticing Europeans and Asian labors that now make up its multicultural population.

Broome is located on the northern coast of Western Australia, midway between Darwin at Northern Territory and Perth, the capital of Western Australia; it's still a long 2,000 km from Broome to both cities!

The town has a permanent population of 14,000 inhabitants; that number grows more than twofold during the dry season as Australians from south of the city flock over to enjoy the weather and the outdoors. Hotels and camping grounds can easily be fully booked.

The town has an interesting history based... Read more

Broome, Australia

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Broome is the most populous town in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, serving as the gateway to exploring the whole northern coast of the state. The town was booming due to the pearling industry that has been discovered in the late 19th century, enticing Europeans and Asian labors that now make up its multicultural population.

Broome is located on the northern coast of Western Australia, midway between Darwin at Northern Territory and Perth, the capital of Western Australia; it's still a long 2,000 km from Broome to both cities!

The town has a permanent population of 14,000 inhabitants; that number grows more than twofold during the dry season as Australians from south of the city flock over to enjoy the weather and the outdoors. Hotels and camping grounds can easily be fully booked.

The town has an interesting history based around the exploits of the men and women who developed the pearling industry, starting with the harvesting of oysters for mother of pearl in the 1880s to the current major cultured pearl farming enterprises. The riches from the pearl beds did not come cheap, and the town's Japanese cemetery is the resting place of more than 900 Japanese divers who lost their lives working in the industry.

Climate

Broome's climate is similar to that of the northern Australian coast. 80% of its annual rainfall is measured during the rainy season (December to April), and a tropical depression or cyclones are not uncommon to graze or make landfall along the Kimberley region coast every year. It's also warm and humid with high temperatures around 32 degrees Celsius.

Tourist season is during the dry season (May-October) where hardly any rain falls, and the temperature is a tad cooler with lower humidity; resulting in a much more comfortable condition to get outdoors.
 


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Broome, Australia: Port Information


Cruise ships dock at the pier. The distance between the port and the city center is around 8 km (5 miles). 
Local buses are available for transportation (for free).  

Get around Broome, Australia


Broome is spread out, with the beaches, lookouts, shops, and restaurants up to around 5 km distant from each other. Cable Beach is quite removed from Chinatown and the Town Beach area, so you'll have to give some consideration as to how you are going to get between them. When you think that through, make sure you think about the weather at that time of year - as even short walks in very hot weather can be difficult.

By foot

It will take you the best part of an hour to walk from Cable Beach to Chinatown, and it's hot.

By bus

The Town Bus runs regular services connecting Cable Beach to downtown and Chinatown. Every half an hour in the dry and every hour in the wet. It is a popular service, used by visitors and locals. The drivers sometimes shout out the stops as they pass, but they are always happy to give directions and to assist when they can. Usually runs to time (traffic delays aren't common in Broome).

By car

All the major national car hire companies are represented at the airport, but their booths aren't always manned. Book ahead.
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By bike

It is easy and safe to get around by bicycle in Broome. There are cycleways alongside just about every main road in Broome. Certainly cycling between Cable Beach, Chinatown and Town Beach is straightforward. However, take care in the heat if you aren't used to it. Cycleways are very exposed, so take it easy.
Broome Cycles (In town, next to McDonald's and opposite the service station. Or truck at Cable Beach, about 200m towards town along Cable Beach Road.). Cable Beach truck only open until noon, 7 days during the season.

What to see in Broome, Australia


  • Entrance Point - Massive rock formations carved by strong winds are scattered all over this beach near the port of Broome.
  • Chinatown - still the central business district of Broome and you simply cannot visit without a stroll down Chinatown. It was once the only retail area in Broome and was predominately developed by Chinese (that came over for the pearling opportunities), hence the name.
  • Boab Trees - These interesting trees are common in Madagascar, but can be found around Broome.
  • The beaches - Cable, Redell and Town Beaches are amazing.
  • Pearl Luggers - Two reconditioned luggers and an enthralling presentation on pearl diving by "Salty Dog" Baillieu.
  • Willie Creek Pearl Farm, about 35 km from Broome, a must see. A working pearl farm with demonstrations on pearl seeding.
  • The Wharf.
  • Gantheaume Point. Red cliffs and turquoise blue water.
  • Malcolm Douglas Broome Crocodile Farm.
  • Sun Pictures. An unusual open-air cinema with deck chairs. It shows current releases.
  • Broome Museum.

What to do in Broome, Australia


  • Broome Museum.
  • Broome Camel Safaris. Ride camels at sunset at Cable Beach.
  • Red Sun Camels.
  • Broome Bird Observatory

    . The Broome area boasts a list of around 300 bird species, the most famous being the migratory waders that visit Roebuck Bay over the summer and then depart for Siberia to breed during the southern hemisphere winter.
  • Willie Creek Pearl Farm.
  • Scenic Flights. Go on a spectacular scenic flight over the Buccaneer Archipelago.
  • Broome Adventure Company. Kayaking.
  • Kimberley Kayak Fishing.
  • At very low tides, head out onto the rocks at Gantheume Point to find ancient dinosaur footprints.

What to eat and drink in Broome, Australia


Eat

  • Aarli Bar, 2/6 Hamersley St, ☎ +61 8 9192-5529. 8AM to midnight. For great tapas and pizzas, just across from the Courthouse Market area
  • Asian Noodle, Out the front of Broome Boulevarde Shopping Centre. For when you want a takeaway stir fry, fried rice or laksa. Or spaghetti carbonara for some unknown reason.
  • Azuki, 15 Napier Terrace. 11AM-2:30PM, 5:30-9PM, closed Saturday and Sunday. Fir Japanese fusion near Chinatown
  • Café D'Amore. Hidden away in a residential area, good Italian food and wood-fired pizza.
  • Divers Tavern, 12 Cable Beach Road West. 11AM-12AM. For standard pub fare at the bar or some more interesting offerings in the Bistro out the back
  • Kool Spot Cafe Restaurant, 2, 12 Carnarvon St. Fancy café food in Chinatown
  • Matsos Brewery, 60 Hamersley St, ☎ +61 8 9193-5811. 07:00-22:00. For great boutique beers and gastro pub food with excellent tasting plates.
  • Ra Ra's Cafe, 26 Dampier Tce. A friendly café with everything from laksa to burritos on the menu
  • Thai Pearl, Cable Beach Club. At the Cable Beach Club - pricey but lovely Thai food by the Beach Club's pool
  • Selene Brasserie, 10 Murray St, Cable Beach, ☎ +61 8 9193-8388. For Mediterranean, Middle Eastern food by the pool.
  • Wharf Restaurant, 401 Port Drive, ☎ +61 8 9192-5700. Fresh fish restaurant with great views of the bay - it's a fair way out of town but worth the effort. Eat in, or grab some takeaway and head around to the beach at Entrance Point to watch the sunset.

Drink

  • Brewery tours
  • Beer & Satay Hut. Enjoy local award-winning brews and great food in this building filled with a relaxed and fun-filled ambiance. At Chill out Sundays, held in the courtyard, you can enjoy local musicians very popular with the locals.
  • Tides Bar. This chic venue overlooks the waters of Roebuck Bay. Friday and Saturday nights feature local entertainment till late and free snacks. The Sunday session, Sunday by the Bay, has local entertainment from 2pm.
  • Zeebar. This is a popular place thanks to its mix of fabulous drinks, tasty food and inviting surroundings. The crowd is stylish yet relaxed. Here you can choose from a wide range of premium beers, an impressive wine list, and seasonal tapas.
  • Conti Bar & Bistro. This smart venue caters to the dressed-up part of town. Glamorous drinks and pumping music make this an awesome place to go out, have drinks and a real good time.
  • Captain Murphy's Irish Pub. Are you looking for some dark stout and Irish music in Broome? Then head to Captain Murphy's Irish Pub. Here you can get traditional entertainment in a rustic Pub setting with a selection of beer and bites on the menu.
  • Sunset Bar & Grill. When visiting Cable Beach for a long day of sunbathing, why not grab a beer at Sunset Bar & Grill? Here you can enjoy the last hours of light sitting on a spacial terrace with cool drinks.
  • Matso's Broome Brewery. Matso's Brewery is your place for craft beer in Broome. The microbrewery offers locally produces variations and has a great selection to choose from. The do-it-yourself setting and the cozy atmosphere will enhance your beer experience.

Shopping in Broome, Australia


  • Pearls. South sea pearls are a large part of the history of Broome and are grown locally in the region. Dampier Terrace has a range of shops selling local pearls, with several of the local farmers represented in their own stores. If you are in the market for pearls, first pay a visit to the Pearl Information Centre, just behind the tourist information center in town. They have displays with information on the history, types, and how to choose the pearl for you.
  • Willie Creek Pearl Farm (about 35 km from Broome). A working pearl farm with demonstrations on pearl seeding.
  • Broome Courthouse Markets - Open every Saturday (and Sunday during the Dry season) and is a collection of local food, handicrafts, freshwater pearls, paintings and more. A must do experience, be warned parking is hard to find so either get in early or get dropped off.

Safety in Broome, Australia


Take care of stray animals (either wild kangaroos or cattle) on the roads and tracks, do not drive at dawn or during the night.

Various deadly animals live in the area. Saltwater Crocodiles inhabit most river systems and coastal areas; extreme caution should be used when on or near, beaches, rivers, creeks, and waterholes. Deadly jellyfish such as the dreaded Box Jellyfish and Irukandji are found in the surrounding sea (including around Broome), especially in the Wet. Do not go out swimming, unless you are certain that the area is perfectly safe.

Except in the center of the few towns, your mobile phone will not work anywhere, So do not count on it while going to more remote areas.

If traveling at the time of the wet or cyclone season, make sure you are fully aware of what cyclones can do. Plan places to stay that are not next to rivers or watercourses and check weather advice regularly.

Language spoken in Broome, Australia


English is the official language.

LOCAL TIME

12:42 am
March 27, 2019
Australia/Perth

CURRENT WEATHER

29 °C / 84.2 °F
few clouds
Wed

33.67 °C/93 °F
scattered clouds
Thu

35.15 °C/95 °F
sky is clear
Fri

36.23 °C/97 °F
sky is clear
Sat

32.69 °C/91 °F
sky is clear

LOCAL CURRENCY

AUD

1 USD = 1.4 AUD
1 EUR = 1.58 AUD
1 GBP = 1.85 AUD
1 CAD = 1.05 AUD

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