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