"A great place from which to explore the Kimberleys"
Broome Australia is mix of colonial Australia and Aboriginal, Chinese and Japanese cultures. It is however probably most famous for its stunning 22km Cable Beach (ranked one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia). Click here for
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The turquoise waters are breathtaking but be careful between March and October where stingers (jellyfish) are often found in the water.
The Pearling Industry is also a key feature of Broome Australia as well as the infamous Stairway to Heaven at Sunset.
It is also a good gateway to the Kimberleys, where you can experience the great
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making it a great place for a few days before setting off on a bit more of an adventure.
I have friends who love it and friends who have been and disliked it. If you’ve picked this trip for its rugged outdoorsy adventure, you may dislike Broome Australia which is fast turning into a tourist hub with prices to match.
It is somehow lost between trying to be a beach resort destination and a traditional outback place, leaving tourists a bit perplexed and disappointed in what they were hoping for.
If you like the idea of some luxury and pampering before you set off on your 4WD adventure then pick a resort and do it. If you don’t, I’d probably only spend a day here and then head to Cape Leveque instead.
Cape Leveque is yet another stunning and very remote peninsular in the Kimberleys and is 206km from Broome Australia on an unsealed road.
This is the place for you if you want beaches all to yourself, snorkel or fish without the worry of jellyfish and of course Australian wilderness at its best. What’s more the accommodation is superb, offering a chance to stay at an Eco Resort that won’t break the bank.
When to go
The best time to visit is during the dry season (May to October)
July and August tend to be busy due to school holidays and the rest of the Australia wanting to escape the winter months.
You can visit outside these times as it doesn't rain all the time. You should however expect it to feel very hot due to the humidity and expect it to rain.
You can fly here with Virgin Blue and Qantas. Click here to find out which cities you can fly from as well as travel times:
You don't necessarily need a car if you plan to chill out and relax.
If you are heading to Cape Leveque or are planning to travel further afield then you will need to hire a 4WD car.
What to see and do
In Broome Australia Kick back and relax on Cable Beach or one of the beach resorts (see "Where to stay" section for more details)Visit the pearl farm and take a half day tourVisit the Japanese cemetery with over 80 pearlers buried hereHave a look in some of the art shops – Hammersley Street or Farrell Street. Watch the sunset over the sea and see the illusion of the staircase to the moon (visible between March and October) or take an hour’s camel ride at sunset with Broome Camel Safaris ($55)
Around Broome AustraliaKimberley Kayak Fishing is a great way to see beautiful scenery and awesome wildlife such as turtles, humpback whales, dolphins and dugongs $98 Per person. (Gantheaume Point, 6km from town)Half day Whale watching trip between June to November – Cost is $120 for 3 hours. Spend a night or two at the wilderness lodge at Cape Leveque for unspoilt beaches, snorkelling, cultural walks and much more.
Where to stay
There isn't much good accommodation in
so book well ahead of time to get the best places. Prices are quite expensive due to the limited accommodation.
Beach ResortsCable Beach Resort £330Bali Hai Resort £295
Coconutz B&B ($200) a cheaper alternative to the above in cool luxury eco tents
“The bungalow” is a house to rent for $160 per night. Look on www.stayz.com.au for similar type accommodation.
Kimberley Klub has excellent facilities with shared dorms ($40) to private rooms ($160) or tryBeaches of Broome Backpackers
There is only one place - Kooljaman Resort. From $16 to $250
Where to eat
These options are both good if you are heading to the Sun Pictures, the oldest outdoor cinema in the world
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