Food and Wine | Adventure | Family | Road Trip | Beach 13 December 2018

Your Ultimate Guide to Broome

Have you ever seen an image of Australia’s natural landscape as striking as this one? This aerial photo taken in Broome perfectly captures the stunning red-orange soil and turquoise waters that the area in Australia’s north-west is synonymous with. No filter needed!

If you’re ever been curious about visiting the remote Western Australian town of Broome, this guide covers all you need to know about the remote region and surroundings, the things to do while in Broome, what to eat or drink and where to stay. 

Where is Broome?

Situated in the wild, remote Kimberley region, just over 2,200km north of Perth, Broome itself is a thriving township of approximately 14,000 people. An area that captures the hearts of locals and tourists alike, millions of hectares of land and sea in the Kimberley is protected as National Heritage Listed.

What is Broome known for?

The region supports industries such as pearls, seafood and livestock, agriculture, minerals, oil and gas, and of course, tourism. Despite the far-north location, tens of thousands of domestic and international tourists embark on a journey to Broome each year, particularly during the peak tourist season of June to August.

Broome Indigenous experiences Western Australia Mandatory credit James Fisher Tourism Australia

What can I see and do in Broome?

Visitors can see dinosaur footprints forever imprinted in the rock, visit a working pearl farm and learn how this industry has shaped the region, and understand the cultural significance of the area on an Aboriginal walking tour.

Broome’s greatest attraction is a 22km stretch of white sandy beach known as Cable Beach. Named for the telephone cable that connected Indonesia to this part of Australia, Cable Beach is often named among the world’s best beaches. And once you step foot on the sands you’ll understand why.

Bordering the white sands are the clear, calm, turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and the deeply pigmented orange soil of the Australian outback. Cars are permitted to drive on some sections of the beach, while the iconic camel rides provide a slower pace to watch a spectacular Western Australian sunset over the water.

Then, of course, you have to enjoy the Kimberley wilderness. Take a day trip out to the famous Horizontal Waterfall, charter a fishing boat or trek the red outback sands.  

By night, watch a movie in the oldest operating outdoor picture theatre in the world or simply look up and enjoy a clear starry sky.

Cable Beach Mandatory credit Tourism Australia

What to eat and drink in Broome?

Drop into Moontide Distillery to taste local gin made with monsoon rains and native botanicals. Stop by Matso’s Brewery to taste the famous mango beer, enjoy a Broome spritz and tuck into Japanese fare. Try an oyster shot at Sydney Cove Oyster Bar, a favourite Sydney hotspot that relocated 4000km to Broome. Why? Come find out for yourself. 

Broome dining Mandatory credit Tourism Australia

Who should visit Broome?

Broome is the perfect place to visit for lovers and lovers of natural beauty, for families looking to disconnect and reconnect, and for anyone that loves adventure and wants a taste of the real Australia. While it might not be the first destination that comes to mind, a trip to this remote region will simply make you hungry to return.

Broome Mandatory credit Tourism Australia

Where can I stay in Broome?

Occupying a central position in the heart of Roebuck Bay, deluxe resort property Oaks Broome promises a touch of subtle luxury and style when visiting this vibrant outback town with modern apartments and first-class facilities. Alternatively, Oaks Cable Beach Sanctuary offers stunning resort accommodation with five swimming pools in Broome and within walking distance to Australia's best sunset at Cable Beach.

Broome Gantheaume Point Mandatory credit Tourism Australia

How do I get to Broome?

The fastest way to reach Broome is by plane. You can fly directly from Perth, Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, and international airlines will likely transfer you via Perth. 

If you prefer to reach Broome with four wheels, it’s a 23-hour drive (Australia is certainly not small) so you’ll want to break the journey up with overnight stops along the way. Alternatively there is a direct bus but it takes 36 hours from Perth.