Beautiful Broome sits on the coast 2200km north of Perth and is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Western Australia. The beautiful beaches, glorious sunsets and relaxing atmosphere speak for themselves. The pearling and tourist town is best visited between May and October when the days are perfect and warm and the nights cool off and are comfortable.
Cable Beach is one of the main attractions and most popular beach. With a 22 km stretch of white sand and turquoise blue water it’s the perfect place to swim, sun bake or simply relax. Vehicles and dogs are allowed onto the beach north of the access ramp and nude bathing is also permitted here. South of the ramp is the lifeguard observation area and more of a family spot. Cable Beach is the perfect place to watch the sunset, either on your own patch of sand, a camel, boat, jet-ski or Pearl Lugger.
Camel riding is a very popular tourist activity at Cable Beach and you simply can’t resist as part of the Broome experience. What better way to see the coastline and sunset (or sunrise) than up high on these magnificent creatures. There are plenty of tours to choose from and rides are scheduled throughout the day.
South of Cable Beach is Gantheaume Point with beautiful views of the blue Indian Ocean and Broome coastline. Ancient dinosaur footprints are visible in the rocky reef below at low tide and a cast replica is at the top of the cliffs for those who arrive when the tide is high. Walk north along the cliffs and find the circular Anastasia’s Pool which was used by an old lighthouse keeper’s wife who suffered from arthritis and found relief in the warm salty water. If you enjoy snorkelling take your gear and swim around the rocks off the point.
Just north of Gantheaume Point across from the race course on Gantheaume Point Road is four-wheel drive access to the Minyirr Park
beach and dogs are permitted. This beautiful stretch of beach is popular with dog owners and boats can be launched from here also.
South of Gantheaume Point a dirt track leads to Reddell Beach which boasts red rocky coastal cliffs and bright blue water. This isolated beach has picturesque views and would be a good spot to get away from it all, take the dog or have a fish.
The “Staircase to the Moon” is a sight to see during 3 consecutive nights each month between March and October. The full moon reflects on the exposed Roebuck Bay mudflats at low tide and the reflection appears like a staircase reaching the moon. Check with the visitor’s centre for correct dates. The view is best seen from Town Beach where markets are also held for the first 2 nights of each full moon.
Town Beach is located off Robinson Street and offers protected swimming by palm trees. The gorgeous reserve is shady and grassy with barbeques, toilets, playground and plenty of room for families to play games or simply relax. Dogs are prohibited at Town Beach and Reserve.
Wander through Chinatown where the old Broome meets the new. Discover the old style buildings from the early pearling days and the many modern shops and showrooms. Enjoy a meal or a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafes or treat yourself to a souvenir to remember your holiday.
The Japanese Cemetery on Port Drive is of great historical interest. Here rest many divers from the early pearling days, losing their lives due to drowning or diver’s paralysis.
The Broome Crocodile Park and/or Malcolm Douglas Wilderness Wildlife Park are definitely worth visiting. Both were owned and established by the original crocodile hunter, adventurist and environmentalist Malcolm Douglas and what a fantastic job he’s done with them.
The Broome Crocodile Park is located on Cable Beach Rd and is the original park established in 1983. This smaller park still has plenty of crocs of all sizes and temperaments to observe. Informative signs are stationed throughout the park, educating visitors about crocodile behavior and characteristics. The guided tour is fantastic as the guide talks about individual crocs and their history, demonstrates their strength and speed, feeds them and brings out the baby crocodiles for all to hold.
The Malcolm Douglas Wilderness Wildlife Park was established due to the popularity of its predecessor and is located on a 30 hectare block 18km from town on the Broome Highway. The guided tours are similar in aspects to the other park, however this one has an enormous pool inhabited by numerous large crocodiles and feeding time is very interesting as the mammoth creatures crawl out of the water and fight for their food. The wilderness park is also home to other animals such as kangaroos, dingoes, emus and other bird life, some being the talkative kind.
Matso’s Brewery on Hamersley St is a fabulous spot to chill out in the beer garden, enjoy the beer tasting platter and tuck into an excellent meal. The atmosphere is relaxing and the food is divine. An art gallery is also located there with plenty of gorgeous art and craft.
The fishing is great all year round in Broome. You’re bound to catch something decent going offshore fishing in your own boat or on a charter vessel off Broome’s coast. Spanish Mackerel and Longtail Bluefin Tuna are commonly caught offshore. Sailfish are also targeted by keen fishermen and charters.
Reef fishing off Gantheaume Point will find Red Emperor, Blue Bone Groper and Northwest Snapper. Beach fishing from Cable Beach attracts Trevally and Queenfish. Creek fishing from Willie or Barred Creeks sees Mangrove Jack and Threadfin Salmon…to name a few. There are plenty of species and fish for that matter being hauled in from Broome’s waters.
Last but not least the elusive Barramundi (Barra). If you’re an avid fisherman you’d just have to try and catch one of these beauties. Good Barra fishing spots include Willie Creek and Barred Creek using live bait or suitable lures. Barra are generally caught when the waters are warmer in the build up to or during the wet season. It feels like a great achievement to bring one of these fighting fish in and they taste absolutely delicious.
Willie Creek is located 36km from Broome. Take Cape Leveque Road just 9km from town and 14km along turn onto Manari Road, which is unsealed but well maintained, then continue 13km to the creek. If Manari Road is closed as it can be on occasion you’ll need to take Blue Dot Road which is close by and suitable for four-wheel drives only. The colour of the water at Willie Creek is a fabulous azure blue and looks good enough to swim in if only it wasn’t crocodile country. Camping is limited to 3 days only along the creek. No facilities are available however a boat ramp is located here and the fishing is supposed to be excellent.
Willie Creek is not only a popular fishing destination. The Willie Creek Pearl Farm is located here. Pearl baskets are lined up in the blue waters as they farm these magnificent creatures. The remote showroom displays and sells some stunning jewellery and if you’re interested in the pearling process tours are available at scheduled times for $50 per person. Be sure to book ahead and check times. The tour lasts for 2 hours.
Barred Creek is also located off Manari Road and is another spot for the avid fisherman to try and hook up a Barramundi. Turn off onto Barred Creek Road and a couple of km in you’ll find the creek and many bush camping spots along the banks. Again the 3 day camping limit applies and dogs are permitted.
Quondong Point is located on Quondong Point Road just 7km from the Barred Creek turnoff and 1km in on the track. There are plenty of bush camping spots along the coast and you’ll find the further in you go the better the camp spots. The beautiful beaches are perfect for fishing and enjoying being out with nature. Dogs are permitted here.
Prices Point is a further 11km from the Quondong Point turnoff. Small bush camps are located atop the fiery red cliffs. The array of colours in the surrounding scenery is stunning and the beach has plenty of rock to fish from and plenty of sand to soak up the sun from. Dogs are permitted here also.
Broome has plenty of accommodation available however it is still a good idea to book in advance during the busy tourist season (May to October) as the town’s population more than doubles and Broome is near bursting with visitors. If you are a dog owner note that no caravan parks in Broome allow them to stay, however 33 km northwest of Broome is the Roebuck Plains Roadhouse which welcomes pets.
Broome is such a charming holiday town with so much to see and do you’ll be disappointed when you have to leave!
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