The sun setting into the ocean
Sunset over Cable Beach, Broome

Broome is an historical pearling town in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. A well developed tourist destination, it is popular with Australians in the dry season (from May to September).

The weather is ideal in the dry months with sunny days around 30°C and balmy evenings and nights when the temperatures fall to the low twenties.

Broome is on the Indian Ocean and the main beach, Cable Beach, is a beautiful expanse of golden sand. The sunsets on Cable Beach are magnificent and can be enjoyed on the beach or from one of the restaurants on the esplanade.

The population of the town expands from about 12,000 in the wet to a high of about 30,000 at the height of the tourist season. The camping grounds are booked out pretty early and accommodation can be hard to find at the height of the season.

The town has an interesting history based around the exploits of the men and women who developed the pearling industry, starting with the harvesting of oysters for mother of pearl in the 1880s to the current major cultured pearl farming enterprises. The riches from the pearl beds did not come cheap and the town's Japanese cemetery is the resting place of more than 900 Japanese divers who lost their lives working in the industry.

Get in

By car

By plane

Get around

Broome is spread out, with the beaches, lookouts, shops and restaurants up to around 5 km distant from each other. Cable Beach is quite removed from Chinatown and the Town Beach area, so you'll have to give some consideration as to how you are going to get between them. When you are thinking that through, make sure you think about the weather at that time of year - as even short walks in very hot weather can be difficult.

By foot

It will take you the best part of an hour to walk from Cable Beach to Chinatown, and it's hot.

By bus

By car

All the major national car hire companies are represented at the airport but their booths aren't always manned. Book ahead.

By bike

It is easy and safe to get around by bicycle in Broome. There are cycleways alongside of just about every main road in Broome. Certainly cycling between Cable Beach, Chinatown and Town Beach is straightforward. However, take care in the heat if you aren't used to it. Cycleways are very exposed, so take it easy.



Camel rides are a popular tourist activity




Go next

Its a long way to just about anywhere from Broome, and often not that much is there when you get there.

Attractions within a day's round trip include:

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