aerial view of the horizontal falls near broome

45 Best Things To Do in Broome 2023 | A Local’s Guide

Are you looking for an unforgettable destination to explore in Western Australia? Broome is the perfect place! With its stunning beaches, unique attractions, and laid-back vibe Broome offers something for everyone.

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Whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway or an adventure-filled holiday, Broome will not disappoint. As a local of WA, I’m here to provide you with my top tips on the best things to do in Broome and make your visit truly memorable!

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view of islands from the buccaneer explorer scenic flight

Buccaneer Explorer

Rating: 5/5⭐️ with over 580 reviews


Experience the Kimberley like never before on this scenic flight.

Take this incredible flight from Broome to view the Kimberley coastline and the spectacular Horizontal Waterfalls.

Fly above the pristine Buccaneer Archipelago and Dampier Peninsula coast.

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Broome is a coastal town in Western Australia’s North West that is known for its pearls and stunning beaches. While it may be a small town, there are plenty of things to do in Broome. From exploring the natural beauty of the area to learning about the town’s history, visitors will find plenty to keep them busy during their stay.

1. 30 minute Colours of Broome Scenic Helicopter Flight

Broome Scenic Helicopter Flight Summary

Tour Length: 30 minutes

Departs: Broome

Rating: 5⭐️

Dates: Various


  • Seeing the long stretch of white sand on Cable Beach
  • the rugged red Pindan Cliffs
  • Turquoise waters of Willie Creek
  • incredible photo opportunities
aerial view from broome helicopter scenic flight of red rocks and blue ocean

2. Sunset Whale Watching Cruise Broome

Rating: 5/5⭐️ with over 1,400 reviews on TripAdvisor

Tour Length 5 hours

If you are visiting Broome between June and September, I recommend a sunset whale-watching cruise in the Indian Ocean.

You can read more about the one we did in our Broome Whale Watching Tour post.

humpback whale breaching on a whale watching broome cruise
Broome Whale Watching Tour

3. Scenic flight over the Buccaneer Archipelago

Rating: 5/5⭐️ with over 490 reviews

Tour Length 6 hours

Another five-star tour from over 500 reviews is this Buccaneer Explorer.

This Broome scenic flight flies over Horizontal Falls before heading to the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to 1,000 islands made of Precambrian sandstone over 2 billion years old. You then get to explore Kooljaman at Cape Leveque with refreshments and a swim before the coastal return flight along the bays and beaches of the Dampier Peninsula. Enjoy the spectacular views of Beagle Bay, James Price Point, Willie Creek Pearl Farm and Broome’s world-famous Cable Beach.

view of islands from the buccaneer explorer scenic flight
Buccaneer Explorer by Tourism Western Australia

4. Horizontal Falls

KAS Helicopters

Rating: 5/5⭐️ with over 490 reviews

Tour Length 6 hours

May to October Only

This tour to Horizontal Falls departs from Broome to Derby in a fixed-wing aircraft where you’ll then transfer to a helicopter. As you fly over the falls, be amazed at the stunning patterns created by the large tides as your local pilot provides a commentary.

Be prepared for spectacular views of Horizontal Falls before landing on the houseboat for lunch before a boat trip to the mouth of the falls, around Talbot Bay and Cyclone Creek.

This tour will be an experience you’ll always remember.

aerial view of the green water of horizontal falls near broome on a scenic flight tour
KAS Helicopters scenic flight over Horizontal Falls

Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures

Rating: 5/5⭐️ with over 530 reviews

Tour Length Half-day or full-day

You can see the spectacular Horizontal Falls, described by naturalist David Attenborough as one of the world’s great natural wonders, on this half-day tour from Broome, which receives a five-star rating from 550 reviews.

A scenic seaplane flight takes you to Talbot Bay, then board the fastest boat in Kimberly to splash through the narrow, cliff-wrapped cataracts with an expert skipper. Follow this exhilarating experience with a relaxing cruise through the bays and creeks of the remote bay. An onboard barbecue lunch is provided before your scenic return flight to Broome.

The flight time from Broome to Horizontal Falls is about 75 minutes.

Alternatively, this full-day tour from Broome includes spectacular aerial views of the falls and the Buccaneer Archipelago from a scenic flight, a thrilling boat ride through Horizontal Falls and a 4×4 tour along the Dampier Peninsular, including the Pearl Shell Church at Beagle Bay.

Unfortunately, we haven’t managed to take this tour yet, but it’s at the top of our list for when we return.

aerial view of the horizontal falls near broome
Horizontal Falls by Tourism Western Australia

5. Willie Creek Pearl Farm Tour

Rating: 4.5/5⭐️ with over 2,195 reviews

Pearls are such a big part of Broome’s history that we had to find out more about the pearling industry. Learn about the process of modern cultured pearl farming and the difference between Keshi Pearls and the most revered pearl in the world, the Australian South Sea Cultured Pearl. 

You can find out more in this Willie Creek Farm Tour review or treat yourself to a Half-Day Willie Creek Pearl Farm Tour with Helicopter Flight for a truly magical experience.

the stunning willie creek with rurquoise water and mangroves
Willie Creek as seen on the tour

6. Lunch at Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm

Rating: 5/5⭐️ with over 180 reviews

Tour Length 11 hours

On this Cygnet Bay Explorer tour, you fly over the Horizontal Falls and the Buccaneer Archipelago, then have morning tea and a swim at Kooljaman Cape Leveque. On your sea safari, explore the giant tides and enjoy a Pearl Discovery Tour in Cygnet Bay. Here you will learn about the cultivation of some of the world’s most sought-after and beautiful pearls before lunch at Cygnet Bay Pearl Farms’ on-site restaurant.

This is another option to see Cygnet Bay, the Horizontal Falls, and the Buccaneer Archipelago.

aerial view of coastline of Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm Dampier Peninsula
Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, Dampier Peninsula by Tourism Western Australia

7. Windjana Explorer

Rating: 5/5⭐️

Available: May – September

Tour Length 10 hours

Flight Time ✈️🚁 3 hours

Fly over Roebuck Bay and the mangroves of the Roebuck Plains and see the Fitzroy River as you approach the Napier Range. You’ll head to Windjana Gorge on an air-conditioned 4WD tour bus where you’ll be met by a local Bunuba Aboriginal Guide with a welcome to country and smoking ceremony.

Walk through Windjana Gorge with your guide and learn about the spiritual significance of the gorge and view freshwater crocodiles in their natural habitat.

After lunch, walk along the 750m long Tunnel Creek that runs beneath the 350-million-year-old Devonian Reef System. The last stop are the historic ruins of Lillimooloora Police Station.

view from plane of windjana gorge
Air Kimberley

8. Bungle Bungle Explorer

Rating: 5/5⭐️

Tour Length 11 hours

This small-group tour of the Bungle Bungles starts with a scenic flight above the Indian Ocean coastline and the inland ranges to East Kimberley, including the Bungle Bungle Massif. You’ll land at a remote airstrip and be met by an indigenous guide, who will take you on a moderate, short hike to Cathedral Gorge and lookout.

Flight time from Broome to the Bungle Bungles is around 90 minutes.

aerial view of the bungle bungle range from scenic flight
Air Kimberley scenic flight

9. Fishing Charter

Are you looking for the ultimate fishing charter experience? Then look no further than Broome Tours WA. Their experienced and knowledgeable crew have years of experience fishing these waters, so they know exactly where to find what you’re after. Whether it’s trawling for Spanish Mackerel, raising a Sailfish or bottom bouncing for Coral Trout, they can make it happen for you all in one unforgettable day out on the water.

They optimise the conditions based on tide, weather, and time of the season to give you the best chance at landing that trophy fish. The boat, Ballena, is fully equipped with state-of-the-art navigational systems and safety equipment, so you can relax and enjoy your day without worrying about a thing.

So book your exclusive fishing charter with Broome Tours WA and let them take care of everything else!

view of the indian ocean glistening in the sunlight from the catamaran ballena in broome wa
Chilling on the Ballena

10. Mud Crabbing Adventure

Rating: 5/5⭐️

Tour Length 5 hours

Are you looking for a unique and exciting adventure? Look no further than a mud crabbing tour on Roebuck Bay! This amazing tour offers visitors the opportunity to explore the stunning natural beauty of The Bay while also getting hands-on with some of its most interesting inhabitants.

From complimentary transfers to light morning tea, this tour is filled with all sorts of wonderful surprises that will make your day extraordinary.

So why wait? Book this incredible mud crabbing adventure tour now!

11. Edgar Ranges Explorer Heli Flight

Rating: 5/5⭐️ with over 50 reviews

Tour Length 3 hours

Let one of KAS Helicopters’ experienced local pilots take you on spectacular scenic flight to the striking Edgar Ranges, on the edge of the remote Great Sandy Desert.

Listen to the live commentary as you fly along the Roebuck Bay coastline with its crystal clear turquoise waters and distinctive red pindan cliffs. Then head across the Roebuck Plains and cattle stations country for an incredible view of the Kimberley region.

At the Ranges, you’ll fly up valleys and around towering buttes for a unique birds eye view and superb photo opportunities, before landing to take in the impressive landscape.

view of the large red cliffs of the edgar ranges from kas helicopter scenic flight from broome
Edgar Ranges with KAS Helicopters

12. Sunset, Seafood & Pearling Cruise

Rating: 5/5⭐️ with over 60 reviews

Tour Length 4 hours

Book this three-in-one tour and enjoy a fully-inclusive afternoon and evening cruise on board a deluxe boat.

Sit back and relax while you take in the views of Broome’s coastline before a pearling demonstration and live pearl harvest at Cygnet Bay’s Broome Pearls.

The 7-course feast includes fresh seafood and a rare chance to try pearl meat! Premium beverages are also included.

It’s an incredible cruise, perfect for a romantic afternoon.

a fresh fruit platter and drinking glasses in front of oysters on broome boat cruise

13. Sunset Cruise

Rating: 4.5/5⭐️ with over 50 reviews

Tour Length 4 hours

Are you looking for an unforgettable way to experience the beauty of Broome? Look no further than the Sunset Cruise on board Ballena! Enjoy an incredible journey as you sail along the pristine coastline and take in the magnificent views with a drink in hand, and savour delicious canapés.

Or you can cool down in the boom net at the back of the boat.

In addition to providing an unforgettable experience at sea, this cruise offers plenty of opportunities for wildlife spotting – dolphins are commonly seen swimming alongside the boat as it sails through the water.

A courtesy bus transfer from your accommodation is included so that your cruise is completely stress-free.

catamaran the ballena with people looking at the sunset on the cruise
Ballena sunset cruise in Broome

14. Cable Beach

Visit the 22 km long famous Cable Beach, which got its name from the submarine telegraph cable laid between Broome and Java in 1889.

It’s a beautiful beach to walk along, or you can sit down and watch the hive of activity. There are sun loungers available to hire if you want to spend longer here.

a long stretch of beach on cable beach in broome
Cable Beach Broome

Broome Tides

Broome and the rest of the Kimberley coast have the biggest tides in the southern hemisphere. There’s about a 10-metre difference between high and low tides, so check the times. It can be a long walk to the ocean at low tide.

cable beach at low tide with the ocean far away
Cable Beach at low tide

15. Camel Ride along Cable Beach

Sunset camel rides along Cable Beach are one of the most popular things to do in Broome. Three companies run the camel trains, which we have detailed in our blog post Camel Ride in Broome.

Along with the Whale Watching tour, it was the highlight of our week in Broome, and I would thoroughly recommend it.

camel rides on cable beach broome
Camel ride on Cable Beach at sunset

16. Explore rock pools

The kids enjoyed a walk along the beach at low tide to check out the rock pools that had formed.

rock pools on cable beach broome
Rock pools at low tide on Cable Beach

17. Snubfin Dolphin Eco Cruise

Rating: 5/5⭐️ with over 340 reviews

Tour Length 4 hours

If you’re here outside of whale watching season, this Snubfin Dolphin Eco Cruise is run by Broome Whale Watching with 5-star reviews.

pod of snub dolphins from above on a dolphin tour broome

18. Dinosaur Footprints & Gantheaume Point

Do you know Broome is the only place in Australia where you can currently see Sauropod tracks?

There are a few places in Broome where dinosaur tracks can be found:

  • Entrance Point 
  • Maralagun 
  • Yinara – Reddell Point and Reddell Beach south
  • Gulbanwila 
  • Gantheaume Point

Gantheaume Point is the most popular place to see them, but it is dangerous. They can only be seen at extremely low tides, and climbing on the slippery rocks is risky.

More information on the history of these tracks and where to find them can be found on the Dinosaurcoast website.

It is a beautiful spot to explore and especially spectacular at sunrise or sunset. The tones of the light bring out the beauty of the red rocks.

Scenic and Prehistoric Boat Tour

Rating: 5/5⭐️ with over 50 reviews

Tour Length 5 hours

A safer way to see the dinosaur footprints is on this Scenic and Prehistoric Boat Tour by Broome Hovercraft, where you can explore 130 million year old dinosaur footprints, secluded bays and meander up the creek inlets on a purpose-built shallow landing vessel.

a large dinosaur footprint at Gantheaume Point broome
Dinosaur footprint at Gantheaume Point by Tourism Western Australia

19. Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park

Rating: 5/5⭐️ with over 260 reviews.

Visit Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park for the daily feeding tour, which showcases some of the largest crocodiles on display in Australia. The park is also home to colourful birdlife, Cassowary, kangaroos, emus, camels, dingoes, and perenties. You may get the chance to hold a baby crocodile.

If you don’t have your own transport, book this tour from Broome and Around which includes transfers.

a baby crocodile in a person's hand at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park by Tourism Western Australia

20. Broome Town

If you’re not staying in town, the Broome Explorer Bus runs seven days a week and is a cheap way to get around Broome. You will find bus stops close to major accommodation, Town Beach, Cable Beach, Chinatown, and Boulevard Shopping Centre.

If you’re planning on visiting a lot of places, a Pass is great value, where you’ll get unlimited travel for 24 or 72 hours. Alternatively, the ten multi-rider tickets are also good value. You can purchase the tickets as you board the bus (credit cards are accepted).

Prices as at December 2022 are:

72 hour passA$35A$30
24 hour passA$15A$12
10 ticketsA$38A$20

Download a copy of the Broome Explorer Bus timetable along with a map.

The Broome Visitor Centre is on Hamersley Street and opposite Coles if you want a map.

the broome explorer bus

21. Courthouse Markets

The Courthouse Markets are open Saturday 8 am to 12 pm all year round and Sunday 8 am to 12 pm, April to October. There are a variety of stalls selling local produce and crafts, plus food vans, in the beautiful grounds of the heritage-listed Broome Courthouse. They are worth a browse if you are in the area.

45 Best Things To Do in Broome 2023 | A Local's Guide
Broome’s Courthouse Markets

22. Broome Courthouse

Broome Courthouse was the old Cable Station constructed in 1889 for the Eastern Extension Australasia and China Telegraph Company, which was granted permission to lay the submarine cable. This building was one of the first pre-fabricated buildings in Australia’s North West with ironwork designed and made in England and the teak imported from Singapore.

In 1914, EET took up the cable and closed the cable station. The WA Government bought the building in 1921 for 3000 pounds and spent another 1100 pounds converting it into a courthouse.

The restoration works finished in 1998.

the exterior of broome old courthouse with seats and wooden decking
Broome Courthouse

23. Movies at Sun Pictures

Sun Pictures cinema holds the record for The World’s Oldest Outdoor Picture Garden. It was built in 1903 and owned by the Yamasaki family as an Asian store. They loved theatre and used part of it as a Japanese playhouse where traditional Noh theatre was performed. 

It was bought by Ted Hunter, a pearler, in 1913, who turned it into a picture theatre that could seat 500 people. Sun Pictures opened in December 1916 and attracted people from all around.

The full history can be found on the Sun Pictures website.

Watching a movie at this historic site is a much-loved activity for locals and holidaymakers alike.

the exterior of the sun pictures movie theatre
Sun Pictures cinema – The World’s Oldest Outdoor Picture Garden

24. Streeters Jetty

Streeters Jetty was built around 1890 to service the pearl industry. Pearl luggers dropped off their shells to the sorting sheds, and a trolley rail line ran the length of the jetty for easy offloading. The Indigenous and Asian locals used the jetty for swimming and fishing as this was the only place to do so.

The government took ownership of the 69m long jetty in 1998 and carried out much-needed conservation work.

Dampier Creek is surrounded by green mangroves and is still a great fishing, crabbing, and bird-watching spot. Bats also live in the mangroves, and you can watch them fly out to find food just after the sun sets.

The jetty is subject to great variations in the tide. If you want to see the crabs, head there in low tide, but if you’re going to see the emerald green water, then choose high tide. We visited at both times and recommend doing so if you have time – it was amazing to see all the crabs and the stunning water at high tide.

turquoise water from streeters jetty broome
Streeters Jetty at high tide

25. Broome’s Chinatown

Chinatown is the main shopping area in Broome. It differs from most other cities’ Chinatowns as it only contains three Chinese restaurants but has numerous retail shops.

In the early days, it was full of pearling sheds, opium dens, and noodle houses. You can find some of the original buildings down Carnarvon Street.

Johnny Chi Lane is a historical lane with storyboards along the walls. They describe and tell stories of when the first ships landed in Broome, through the history of pearling, WWII up to the present day.

The lane is named after Johnny Chi, who worked in the pearling industry and invested in property in Broome and Chinatown.

45 Best Things To Do in Broome 2023 | A Local's Guide
Johnny Chi Lane

26. Roebuck Bay Lookout

Located at the top end of Dampier Terrace, this lookout provides sweeping views of Roebuck Bay and the stunning turquoise water. It is part of the Jetty to Jetty walk.

view of roebuck bay from lookout in broome
View from Roebuck Bay Lookout

27. Broome Panoramic Town Tour

Rating: 5/5⭐️ with over 530 reviews

Tour Length 150 mins

On this personalised Broome Panoramic Town Tour, you’ll learn about the unique history, extraordinary stories and magnificent sights of Broome. You will see Cable Beach, Gantheaume Point, Broome Jetty, Town Beach and the WWII attack site of the flying boats. Find out about the town’s pearling history and stories of Chinatown and see Broome’s oldest buildings and Sun Pictures, the world’s oldest operating open-air picture garden.

28. Sunset at Cable Beach

After a busy day sightseeing, head to Cable Beach to watch the captivating sunset. There’s a friendly atmosphere as a lot of people gather on the grass to watch the sun slowly fade into the ocean.

people gathered on the grass watching the susnet over cable beach broome
People gathered to watch sunset over Cable Beach

If you’d rather take in the view from a restaurant or bar, Zanders or Cable Beach Club Resort are popular choices.

the exterior of zanders restaurant cafe in cable baech
Zanders Cable Beach

29. Picnic at Cable Beach

Pack a picnic and head to Cable Beach’s grassed area. There are trees to provide some shade and plenty of grass to throw a rug down. You will find a few picnic tables here too. What better place to enjoy your food than views of Cable Beach?

grassed picnic area in cable beach broome
Grassed picnic area overlooking Cable Beach

30. Broome Bird Observatory

The Clive Minton Discovery Centre is in the Broome Bird Observatory’s visitor centre, where you can experience immersive soundscapes, beautiful footage, and up-to-date science of migratory shorebirds.

Entry is A$10 for adults, A$8 for seniors and free for under-16s, tour participants and overnight guests.

31. Broome Museum

The Broome Historical Museum is on Robinson Street, opposite Seaview Shopping Centre. The Broome Explorer Bus stops close by, or you can walk there, as we did, from the town centre.

Entrance was A$12 per adult, but children were free, and the museum provides a fascinating look at the history of Broome.

Broome Museum is housed in three heritage buildings that contain exhibits, videos, and photographs. Here you can learn all about the settlement of Broome, along with the town’s pearling industry, wartime, and transport.

If you don’t get to find the dinosaur footprints, you can see some here.

display at broome museum
The Sailmakers Exhibition displays the tools and techniques of a sailmaker in Broome in the early 1900s.

32. Flying Boat Wrecks

Nine Japanese aircraft attacked 15 flying boats refuelling in Roebuck Bay on the 3rd March 1942. They were transporting refugees (mainly women and children) from Java to the southern states of Australia. It’s unknown how many died in this attack, but it is thought to be around 80.

This Broome attraction is only visible on a low tide of one metre or less. Unfortunately, the tide wasn’t low enough to see them (photo from a brochure).

If you are lucky enough to time it right, please be respectful and not get too close to these living graves.

the Flying Boat Wrecks in broome at low tide
Flying Boat Wrecks at low tide

33. Cemeteries

There are three cemeteries to visit while in Broome.

The Japanese and Chinese Cemetery is where you will find Obelisks marking the graves of over 900 Japanese pearlers and the final resting place of Broome’s Chinese Community.

Broome Cemetery has many historic graves, including that of the Flying Nurse known as the Sugar Bird Lady.

We took a look at the Pioneer Cemetery, which overlooks Roebuck Bay. It contains the graves of many pioneers and explorers of Broome’s past.

a plaque in Pioneer Cemetery overlooking Roebuck Bay
Pioneer Cemetary Roebuck Bay

34. Galleries

The spectacular contrast of colours in the Kimberley region has attracted photographers and artists capturing the stunning landscape.

A favourite of mine is Short St Gallery, Australia’s leading contemporary Art Gallery specialising in Aboriginal Art from remote Indigenous communities. Exhibitions change monthly and showcase the numerous cultures that make up this country.

The Broome Gallery features the colourful work of local artist, James Down.

Black Stump Gallery, owned by Simon and Emma Blyth, exhibits various forms of artworks and Australian inspired and made gifts.

Yane, born and lived all his life in Broome, has won numerous awards for his incredible photography, including Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year. You can purchase his work online, which is available as canvas wall art, modern acrylic face-mounts, or smaller acrylic blocks.

aerial view of the red outback dirt road and green bushland
James Price Point, Broome by Tourism Western Australia

35. Beer Tasting at Matso’s

One of our favourite parts of travelling is trying out new foods and drinks. Broome was no exception. Although Matso’s ginger beer and mango beer are readily available in Perth, some of their more unique ones aren’t. So we decided to pop into their brewery to sample their beers.

The tasting paddle comes with five beers, which you can choose. I decided on Mango Beer, Ginger Beer, Pearler’s Pale Ale, Chango (a mix between chilli and mango beer) and Angry Ranga (chilli ginger beer). My favourite was the Chango.

The history of this iconic Broome brewery and the Matso’s store building is quite fascinating and can be read on Matso’s Brewery site.

paddle of matso brewery beer tastings
Paddle of Matso Brewery beer tastings

36. Broome Surf Lifesaving Club

As of December 2022, the surf club bar was closed due to the construction of a new club. A pop-up bar is planned and will be announced on their Facebook page.

the old broome life saving club before being demolished to make way for new building
The old Broome Surf Lifesaving Club

37. 4WD along Cable Beach

If you are in Broome with your own 4wd, join in with the locals and drive along Cable Beach. As you enter the beach, turn right past the rocks. Be aware of the tides, as people have lost their vehicles when the tide comes in!

During October and February, turtles nest on Cable Beach, which may mean restrictions are put on beach driving during that time.

Please be warned that this area is a nudist beach, so you may see more than you bargained for!

4wd along cable beach at sunset
4wds on Cable Beach for sunset

38. Staircase to the Moon

The staircase to the moon in Broome is caused by the rising of a full moon reflecting off the exposed tidal flats in Roebuck Bay. It can only be seen at extremely low tide and creates the stunning optical illusion of a stairway to the moon. This amazing sight occurs from March through to November, and you can find out what dates on Broome’s Visitor Centre website.

the full moon over roebuck bay broome
Staircase to the moon by Tourism Western Australia

39. See the Boab Trees

The boab tree is an icon of the Kimberley region, and you shouldn’t leave Broome without seeing one. They can be found in the Broome town centre.

boab tree in broom western australia
Boab tree in Broome Town Centre

40. Blue Body Buddha Sanctuary

The Blue Body Buddha Sanctuary is a communal open space with a 3 metre tall crystal Buddha statue. You can visit to participate in one of the classes or for some tranquillity.

41. Reddell Beach

Reddell (or Riddell Beach as it’s sometimes spelt) is a local’s favourite, with its red pindan contrasting against the white sand. It is only accessible by the unsealed Kavite Road, which runs from the port to Gantheaume Point Lighthouse.

red rocks on reddell beach broome
Reddell Beach

42. Broome Port Jetty

There is a walkway that runs about halfway alongside the jetty where some people fish off.

a port jetty in broome western australia
Broome Port Jetty

43. Broome Races

Broome races is a popular event with visitors travelling within Australia and internationally for it. The balmy tropical evenings provide ideal weather to party on into the night with games of two-up and live entertainment.

The first race day of 2023 at the Broome Turf Club is Saturday the 3rd June.

44. Coconut Well

If you have a 4wd, check out this local’s secret, about half an hour north of Broome. To get there, take Broome Road, turn off onto Cape Leveque Road, then the first left (McGuigan Road) which becomes Lawrence Road, then turn left onto Denham Road.

The area just south of this tidal lagoon pool is Goolarabooloo Millibinyarri, a small beachside community.

You’ll need to check the tides before you go as the tide needs to be over 9m for the lagoon to fill up with water.

At low tide, you’ll see a rocky landscape with lots of small rock pools. The rocks can be sharp, so wear reef shoes, and look for marine life in the pools. Some pools are just large enough to create a private spa.

During spring tides, people take floaties and drift along with the tide, which fills to create a turquoise lagoon at high tide.

aerial view of turquoise lagoon with white sand and rock pools
Coconut Wells near Willie Creek by Willie Creek Pearls

45. Divers Tavern

What’s better on a hot day than an ice-cold beer? Head to Divers Tavern, one of the most popular venues in Broome WA, for a drink and/or food. Located just across from Cable Beach, you can visit the beach bar, sports bar, or Divers Bistro.

We visited here a few times during our stay for drinks and dinner.

There’s also a bottleshop attached to Divers Tavern where you can buy alcohol and soft drink.

calamari and salad at divers bistro
Calamari, chips, and salad
matso mango beer bottle on table at divers tavern broome
Matso’s Mango Beer

Unfortunately, 12 Mile Bird Park is now closed.

Perth to Broome

Broome is over 2,200 km from Perth and will take 24 hours of driving to get you there by the most direct route.

This Perth to Broome road trip itinerary provides different routes and ideas depending on the time you have.

There are car hire booths at Perth airport, but it’s best to pre-book your car rental.

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If this doesn’t take your fancy, the alternative is to fly. Our flight was with Virgin Australia for the two and a half hour flight from Perth to Broome.

If you are lucky enough to fly business class with Virgin, you will have access to the Virgin Australia Business Lounge.

Broome International Airport

Broome only has one airport, so you will still land at Broome International Airport even if you are flying domestically.

It’s a small airport, and as we came into land, we saw the Virgin Australia crew waiting for us on the tarmac.

Despite being small, there are ATMs in the Arrivals Terminal and Departure Terminal, showers in the Departure Lounge toilets, free Wi-Fi and a bar/ café.

a small building at broome airport
Broome International Airport

Broome Airport to Cable Beach

There’s a company that offers a shuttle service from the airport to Cable Beach, but it was cheaper for us to get a taxi. The taxi rank is just outside the exit, and we didn’t have to wait long for one to turn up.

If you don’t have much luggage, the Broome Explorer Bus stops in Frederick Street close to the airport and stops in several places in Cable Beach.

Broome Weather & Best Time to Visit

Broome is made up of two distinct seasons; wet and dry. The dry season is from around April to September, when it will be warm days and blue skies. The wet season will see the humidity rise with the odd thunderstorm and downpours. Monsoon is usually between January and March, when you might experience a cyclone and flooding.

I recommend visiting in the dry season, but try to avoid the school holidays when Broome is at its busiest and prices soar. Also, you won’t be able to swim in the ocean during the wet season due to the jellyfish.

Try to time your visit for Staircase to the Moon.

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Cable Beach

How Long to Stay in Broome

We stayed in Broome for eight nights, which was the right amount of time for us. However, it will depend on how many tours in Broome you want to do and whether you decide to hire a car. We spent most days out and about, but if you like to take things easy, you may need a bit longer.

Broome Accommodation

We stayed at Broome Beach Resort in Cable Beach and found it great for families and good value. The iconic Mangrove Hotel overlooking Roebuck Bay is a good option for staying in Broome town.

Or see what Broome accommodation is available for your dates here.

Caravan Parks are often booked out during peak times, so make sure you book well in advance to camp there.

Where to Eat in Broome

You can check Tripadvisor for the latest top places to eat in Broome, but these were our favourites:

Dragonfly Café

The Broome breakfast was delicious and very filling. The coffee was also great, as were the mango smoothies. It gets busy here, but the service is still excellent. I recommend having breakfast or lunch here if you are in Broome town.

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Dragonfly Cafe breakfast Broome

Cairo Café

Our daughters said these were the best kebabs they have ever had, and I agree. The kebab was huge, very filling and great value.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a photo (I think we were all too hungry!). We will never forget our lunch here, though, as the earth literally moved. We were sitting outside, eating our kebabs, and then it felt like someone was shaking our chairs violently. All the shop owners came running out and said it was an earthquake. It went on forever and was frightening as we didn’t know if it would get worse or how long it would go on.

We later found out a magnitude 6.6 earthquake occurred 210 km off the coast of  Broome and was equal to the largest recorded in Australia.

Divers Tavern Beach Bar

Divers Tavern is a great Aussie pub in Cable Beach and is a popular place for dinner and catching up with friends, so make sure to book ahead. We ate here three times as the food was great and provided good value for money.

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The front of Divers Tavern – we ate in the bistro area

Green Mango Café

A popular café in town, open for breakfast and lunch. The breakfast was delicious, and the coffee was good.

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Green Mango Café

Fresco Hut

If you want a delicious mango smoothie, try the Fresco Hut in Paspaley Plaza. These were the best we have had for ages. They also do freshly squeezed juices, gelato, vegan cakes, and bliss balls.

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