I definitely recommend taking your telephoto lens to the beach with you, if you are interested in photography. A pod of dolphins were jumping in the waves close to shore on my first day in Broome - without my telephoto lens they might as well have been a kilometre away.
Every evening we hoped to see the dolphins again, but we ended up disappointed.
Seeing these beautiful animals and their wonderful acrobatics was definitely the highlight of my stay in Broome.
Cable Beach is definitely the main attraction of Broome, and is only a short bus ride away. There are decent facilities here, but it is still very easy, with a short walk, to find your own spot on the beach without being completely crowded.
The sea is good for swimming and the waves are great for body boarding (boards are available for hire).
Sunsets here can be truly spectacular, with many people taking photographs from the raised area by the cafeteria. Personally i prefer to get a bit lower, to capture the reflection of the sun in the wet sand.
Must go and have a look at Cable Beach. The best time for this is at sunset, as it is absolutely gorgeous. Take a camel ride or just have a few drinks on the beach.
But be prepared to see alot of peoples 'bits" hanging out. Seems that Cable Beach is a somewhat nudist retreat, and not many people have any shame in showing what they have (or havent as the case may be) got.
these may infact be some other nationality. Heading towards the famous Cable Beech are the Japanese Cemetery. Filled with graves of long lost divers its an interesting wander and a nice place to take some pictures. It reminds you of the hardship pearl divers would have faced.
What an amazing flight we had along cable beach in August with Broome Helicopters, just on sunset although not cheap, however if you take a few of your freinds it is very affordable!
then an 4 hour trip up to mt hart and accross to the remote walcot inlet and horizontal waterfalls the following day! an expiriance not to be missed with these expirianced guys in there state odf the art machines
we veiwed areas which i am sure could never be seen other than helicopter, even though it was around 37 degrees out side, the luyxuary of this helicopter with leather seats and air conditioning made it an incredable trip, worth every dollar...
Every month, at full moon and the two days after full moon there's a very special thing happening: the 'staircase to the moon'.
At full moon the moon will rise when the sun sets. During this time of the day it's low tide, so the water level in the ocean near the shore is minimal. Because of the low tide there's a huge rippling mud flat. When the moon rises the moonlight will be reflected by the mud flat, which creates the optical effect of a staircase to the moon, hence the name of the phenomenon.
It's quite difficult to take a good picture of this effect (I've tried, but the pictures didn't come out very well), but you can always buy a postcard...(widely available in Broome)
You must see Cable Beach. This is the most famous beach in the area. This is where the camel photo was taken.
When you are a new arrivals at the beach you are called 'Milk Bottles' because of your white little legs!!
When the surf rolls in you can see the little fish in the clear blue water.
Catching the sunset at Cable Beach is a magical experience not to be missed. Watching the sun melt into the Indian Ocean and disappear each afternoon was a highlight of my stay in Broome.
from last i heard they still had hovercraft in Broome. These where an exciting way to get around the ocean, explore dinosaur footprints and see sand islands you would otherwise be unable to reach.