Keeping Busy in Broome.

People visit Broome for many reasons. For some it is the gateway to the Kimberleys….the starting point on a drive along the famous Gibb River Road which can then take you through to Kakadu National Park and Darwin. For others it is a place to escape the winter. From May to October, grey nomads clog the roads pulling their caravans or motor homes north while many others who have fallen in love with the relaxed lifestyle have bought homes and become semi permanent residents.

Then there are those like ourselves who would love to stay longer but use Broome as a week long winter escape.

Whether you are here for a week or months, you can be kept busy with these things to do in Broome.


1. Take an early morning walk along Cable Beach

Cable Beach, Broome

Sparkling white sand and crystal clear blue water against a backdrop of red earth has made Cable Beach famous. Early in morning, the tide is out and the beautiful expanse of Cable Beach lies before you. It’s an easy walk along the hard sand, enjoying the early morning light being reflected on the water and the exposed rockpools.


Cable Beach at low tide



2. Spend the day relaxing on the beach

Cable Beach, Broome

People come to Broome to relax and spending the day at the beach is high on many people’s agendas. Don’t forget that the tide comes and goes and at high tide you will need to be lying close to the dune!


Cable Beach, Broome



3. Take a camel ride along the beach

Camels on Cable Beach, Broome


Broome’s famous camel teams make the walk to Cable Beach twice a day to take visitors for a camel ride on Cable Beach. A morning ride at around 10am can start the day or take the popular sunset ride which must be booked in advance.

Camels on Cable Beach, Broome


4. Watch the sunset at Cable Beach

Sunsets drinks on Cable Beach is a must! The perfect finish to a day.

Sit on the grass above the beach, join the crowds at Cable Beach Club’s Sunset Bar or take your car on to the beach and set up your own club lounge! You’ll want to go back every night, so try all the options!

Sunset at Cable Beach, Broome

Sunset at Cable Beach, Broome

Sunset at Cable Beach, Broome

Camel ride at Sunset on Cable Beach, Broome



5. Drive to Gantheaume Point

By day, the contrast of the red rocks and the turquoise water is classic Kimberley landscape. An aboriginal site, the story of the land can be read before you make your way down the cliff. At very low tide, you may be able to see the 130 million year old dinosaur footprints but if you miss this, replicas of these can be found at the top of the cliff.

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At sunset , it has be come an alternative spot for sunset drinks and a beach barbecue.

Sunset on the rocks

Sunset at Gantheaume Point


6.Visit Chinatown

Chinatown is the name given to Broome’s township. Settled in the 1880’s by the Chinese, Japanese and Malay pearl fishermen, it is now a melting pot of cultures. Broome pearls are famous and you will be tempted by the displays in the many jewellery shops in the town. Or maybe you prefer art?  Galleries here specialise in aboriginal art bought from the outlying communities.

Main Street of Broome


7. Catch up on local history at the Broome Historical Museum

Broome has a fascinating history. It’s character has developed from the early days of the pearling industry and the cultural diversity of those who worked in the industry. Here you can learn about these early days and the effect on the community and the pearling industry of the Japanese attacks on Broome in WW2.

Bronze statues of Broome pioneers


8. Pearl Luggers
Have a coffee, take a guided tour or just look over the two restored pearling luggers moored at the reconstructed jetty and imagine how it would have been in the early days for the deep sea pearl divers.

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9. Go to the Movies
Sun Pictures, in the centre of Chinatown, is the oldest operating outdoor theatre in the world. A visit here to watch one of the latest releases is a must. Don’t be surprised when the planes taking off and arriving at the nearby airstrip feel as though they are landing in the theatre!
The doors are also open during the day for a visit.

Sun Picture Theatre, Broome


10. Shop at the Courthouse Markets

From May – October the Courthouse Markets are held every Saturday. The grounds of the historical Courthouse are taken over with stalls selling locally made jewellery, clothes, art  and fresh produce and home made goodies.

Courthouse Markets, Broome


11. Have a Matso’s Ginger Beer

Matso’s Broome Brewery is famous for their ginger beer. Try one here where it is made! If ginger beer is not for you, choose from one of Matso’s award winning beers. Coffee and meals are also available.

Matso's Broome Brewery



12. Watch the tide rise and fall in Roebuck Bay from Town Beach Cafe

Town Cafe, Broome

Tides in Broome can vary by up to nine metres. Watch the tide come in as you enjoy a fabulous breakfast at The Town Cafe. One minute the roots of the mangroves and the rocks on the jetty can be seen. Minutes later, the water has risen and only the tops of the mangroves can be seen.


Roebuck Bay, Broome



13. See the WW2 Flying Boats

If your visit coincides with a very low tide, take the 1 kilometre walk out to see the remains of Broome’s Hidden Flying Boats that were bombed on March 3rd 1942.

Broome's Flying Boats


14. Visit Roebuck Bay and the Broome Bird Sanctuary

You’ll need a car for this one! About 25 kms from Broome, on the shores of Roebuck Bay, the bird observatory is home to over 800,000 shore birds. Over 310 species of migratory wader birds return to the mangrove forests, pindan woods and natural grasslands of the bay.

Roebuck Bay Bird Sanctuary


Roebuck Bay Bird Sanctuary



15. 12 Mile Creek

On your way back from the bird observatory, stop at 12 Mile Creek Cafe for lunch. Sit under the avocado trees and enjoy organic vegetarian food, freshly squeezed juices and a loo with a view!

12 Mile Creek Cafe



16. Visit Willy Creek

About 45 minutes from town, Willy Creek is an easy place to visit. Here you can cruise the creek by boat, take a helicopter ride or learn about the pearling industry.

Willy Creek Pearl Farm


17. Go Mud Crabbing

Beg, borrow, befriend a local with a tinny (dinghy) or take a tour to try your hand at mud crabbing in the many creeks around Broome. Keep an eye on the tides or you could be spending the day sitting on the dry creek bed waiting for the tide to come back in! Don’t forget that you are only allowed to catch ten crabs per boat but that will be more than enough for a delicious meal!

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18. See the Stairway to the Moon 

When the tide is at it’s lowest and there is a full moon, the reflection of the moon on the exposed mud flats of Roebuck Bay creates the optical illusion of a staircase reaching the moon. From March to October this natural phenomenon can be seen.

Stairway to the Moon, Broome


19. Take a trip to Horizontal Falls  

Horizontal Falls is a natural phenomenon where two different water levels meet and create a natural waterfall. Tours are available from quite  a few companies in Broome that will take you on a seaplane flight over the Buccaneer Archipelago before landing in Talbot Bay where you will enjoy a jet boat ride through the falls.

Horizontal Falls in the Dampier Archipeligo


20. See Cape Levique

At the tip of the Dampier Archipelago, about 220 miles from Broome, is Cape Levique. Clear blue water surround the peninsular that is home to a a wilderness camp jointly owned by two of the area’s Aboriginal communities. You can learn about bush tucker, catch mud crabs, go fishing or just lie in the sun and do nothing….best you stay the night!

It is a long day trip from Broome if you are driving but it can be done, otherwise a visit here can be included in some of the seaplane tours from Broome that also go to Horizontal Falls.


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Major Events:

Broome Races. 
A major date on the social calendar, Broome race week is very popular and racegoers arrive from all over Australia. If you’re planning to be here at this time of the year, don’t forget to book your accommodation well in advance. The Broome Cup is being held on August 16th this year!


The Shinju Matsuri Festival

Shinju Matsuri Festival, Broome

The festival celebrates the pearling industry and the community that has been bought together because of it. Enjoy the community street parade, a long lunch and many other activities. A fun time to be in Broome.
This year the festival is from the 5th-14th September 2014.


How would you like to holiday in Broome ?


You may also enjoy the following articles on Broome:
The Oldest Outdoor Theatre in the World
Broome’s Hidden Flying Boats
Broome’s Famous Camels
Celebrating Broome’s Shinju Matsuri Festival




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25 Responses to Keeping Busy in Broome.

  1. Anne @ Pretraveller July 9, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

    Thanks for sharing some great tips and photos of what to do in Broome. I would like to get there one day. And I learnt something new! I was not aware that Broome was also bombed in WWII, I thought only Darwin and the area around it had been attacked.

    • Jenny Freedman July 16, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

      You’re not alone in not knowing that Broome was bombed in the war, Anne. I’m not sure why it has slipped under a lot of people’s radar! You’d love Broome, Anne….it’s a great place to head to to escape the Aussie winter!

  2. Linda McCormick @EcoTraveller July 11, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

    Wow, epic post! Great photos 🙂
    So loved our time up there. A great place, but my god is it hot!

    • Jenny Freedman July 16, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

      Thanks Linda. It is a great spot…worth putting up with a few hot days! Much better than the winter which everyone is trying to escape.

  3. jan July 11, 2014 at 1:22 pm #

    Surely one of the most interesting towns in Northern Australia, if not the whole of Australia. We were last there over 30 years ago but it had a great vibe back then. A little more polished today!

    • Jenny Freedman July 16, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

      Broome’s changed a lot in the last 30 years Jan. I think it’s time you came back for another visit!

  4. Rhonda Albom July 11, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

    Prior to this post, I only thought of hot weather when I though of Broome. Now I am actually interested, especially in Gantheaume Point. Looks beautiful.

  5. Corinne July 12, 2014 at 8:59 pm #

    Jenny, I would love to visit Broome on my next trip to Australia, and now Gantheaume Point is on my list. I would love to see the dinosaur prints at low tide! These quirky things are what make travel so much fun! Gorgeous photos btw!

    • Jenny Freedman July 16, 2014 at 9:34 pm #

      Thanks Corinne. Broome should definitely be on you itinerary when you visit Western Australia Corinne. There’s quite a few quirky things to see in Broome!

  6. Justin July 15, 2014 at 11:29 am #

    Hi Jenny,

    Wow Broome looks amazing – and I didn’t realise there would be so much to do – and just look at that water!

    Cheers, Justin

    • Jenny Freedman July 16, 2014 at 9:22 pm #

      Broome is very special Justin. The water is an incredible colour…and temperature. You should visit!

  7. Shing July 18, 2014 at 8:01 pm #

    Amazing photos as usual Jenny! Roebuck Bay and the Broome Bird Sanctuary really stands out as somewhere I’d want to visit.

    • Jenny Freedman July 29, 2014 at 4:35 am #

      Thanks Shing. Two great choices! The colour of the water against the red earth is amazing…then to see all the birds on the beach take off..a stuning sight!

  8. Perth Limo July 19, 2014 at 6:49 am #

    Thanks for sharing such a great tips! Loved the Broome Bird Sanctuary! “Roebuck Bay” this spot is really awesome.

    • Jenny Freedman July 29, 2014 at 4:46 am #

      A lot of people don’t leave the township so it’s great that you’ve made it to the Bird Sanctuary. It’s definitely worth going there to see the vast numbers of birds…and the stunning water colours of Roebuck Bay

  9. Krista July 22, 2014 at 9:50 am #

    What a gorgeous, gorgeous place. It has such a relaxed, open feel, like you could really have a vacation with no stress at all. 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman July 29, 2014 at 4:37 am #

      I don’t know of another place like Broome, Krista. It is a real melting pot of cultures and the perfect places for a winter escape!

  10. Heather July 25, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

    A camel ride on the beach at sunset … looks like Broome will be going on my Australia itinerary!

    • Jenny Freedman July 29, 2014 at 4:25 am #

      It’s definitely worth adding Broome to your itinerary Heather especially if you are here in our winter!

  11. Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot July 31, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

    I can see I’d be very busy. Would definitely love to camel ride on the beach, visit the birdies and the pearl place. I’ve always been interested in that. It’s so far away though when I come I’ll need to spend a while so good to know there’s plenty to do 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman August 3, 2014 at 11:51 pm #

      It’s crazy isn’t it that it seems so far away yet it’s in the country. Now there are direct flights from Sydney, it’s proabably easier than ever. We face the same problem going east! Noosa seems so far away and it takes 2 flights!

  12. Karene August 1, 2014 at 4:11 am #

    Hi Jenny! Wonderful post, and superb pictures, as always. I think my favorite was the one of the camels on the beach at sunset. I want to do that! You have consistently whetted my desire to visit Australia with all of your delightful posts about that beautiful country. (As you probably figured out, I stopped writing my own fledgling blog a year ago. Just got discouraged about the lack of comments, and felt like I didn’t have a good focus for it. Maybe I will create a new one someday.)

    Anyway, I always love hearing what you are doing and seeing where you are in the world! 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman August 3, 2014 at 11:48 pm #

      Hi Karene. Great to see you back here! I understand being discouraged about bogging…it’s hard work! Broome is our great winter escape but as you already know this year we are once again heading to Europe! I’m sure we’ll be back there next year. I hope you do come and visit. You must let me know if ever you do.

      • Karene August 5, 2014 at 1:02 am #

        Jenny, I will definitely let you know if we make it to Australia, or to Europe when you are visiting. Finances have been in limbo for the past four years due to my husband’s job downsize because of the “recession.” But we have great hopes for the future! And for travel in our future!

        • Jenny Freedman August 5, 2014 at 4:38 am #

          Great to hear Karene. Where there’s a will there’s a way! Have you looked at housesitting…a great way to keep your costs down!

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