Broome Travel Guide

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Broome Highlights

  • Pro
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    Gwynneth says…

     Sun, sand and relaxed people everywhere 

  • Con
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     Very expensive 

  • In a nutshell
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     A great place to stop for a week or more up the West Coast - one of my favourites. 

Broome Things to Do

  • Life's a beach!

    Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are in Australia, and Broome has an amazing stretch of white sand that will make your jaw drop.Speaking of Jaws, on the day we arrived, a 14 salt water croc was seen on the main beach soaking up the rays with the locals. Crazy but true, well, maybe there wasnt too many locals sharing the same patch of...

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  • Chillax

    It's crazy to think that a place could be so laid back, but it is, it's amazingly laid back. They joke that they even have their own time, Broome Time, so no clocks are needed :) Of course there are clock, just not a lot of people WE met seemed to bother with them.There is loads to do and see, it is and amazing. I was brought up down the coast in...

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  • Wilderness Park

    This was the second stop on our cruise ship excursion. First they passed baby crocodiles around for us to hold, and then they took us out in the park. They fed the crocodiles and showed us how they jumped. They also had bats, kangaroos, wallaby's and dingoes. I loved the dingoes.ADULTS $35.00ppChild (5-15 yrs) $20.00pp

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  • Laze around at Cable Beach

    Cable Beach it seems is the beach to be seen at. The beach itself is sparkling clean and a huge expanse of white, hard sand.Be prepared to see some "expanses" of nude bodies!You can hire sun lounges and umbrellas during the peak season.

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  • Markets

    Every Saturday from 9am - midday there are markets in front of the Courts where local craftspeople sell their wares. Examples of some of the goods on show: jewellery, handmade soaps (see other shopping tip), clothes, artwork, honey, various condiments, gemstones and of course pearls (be careful some are Chinese not local). There are also...

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  • Something different-hovercraft

    An interesting way to have a look at the mudflats around Roebuck Bay is to take a hovercraft tour.It is quite expensive but different!!There are a number of different tours you can take including: a 1 hour tour over the tidal flats to see preserved dinosaur prints ($85), a sunset tour which takes 1 3/4 hour and includes hors d'oeuvres and non...

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Broome Restaurants

  • Sample pearl meat

    A tasty Japanese restaurant led by Chef Scott Thorpe featuring inventive and scrumptous dishes. Featuring Bento-style dishes, and a refreshing atmosphere with indoor and outdoor dining. Mains $18-30Payment accepted: MasterCard, Visa and EFTPOS BYO $3 corkage per person. Wheelchair accessible Parking and take-away available Pearl meat is sold for...

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  • Thai

    The Som Thai was recommended to us by one of our guides as a good place to have something spicy!! Certainly when we arrived it had great promise with its promotional sign announcing it had won some top award in a local gourmet contest. It has a nice outdoor area and it was crowded – always a good sign. Unfortunately, our entrée was not as good as...

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  • Coffee fix

    If you are after a nice coffee the place to go is the Old Zoo Cafe. It is behind Cable Beach Resort- you can walk to it from the resort but there is also a bus stop in front of it. It is also next to Willy Creek Pearls and the Crocodile Park. I had a cafe latte and a pineapple and mint muffin (morning tea!!) for under $10.00. Note in the...

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Broome Nightlife

  • Sun Pictures

    On the main street of Broome is the historical and very romantic outdoor deckchair Sun Cinema. I saw Waterworld here when it came out and it's was an awesome experience.Doors Open 30mins prior to First Screening timePrices: ADULTS $15, CONC. $11.50, CH $10, FAMILY (4) $42. casual

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  • The only cruisy place in town

    Late night venue - has tried to bring a bit of class to Broome for the 2007 season. Awesome cocktails cruisy music and great staff make this place a great alternative to the pissed up aboriginal and tradie bars. Smart sexy cool - Collared shirts and appropriate footwear for boys - girls have the chance to look nice.

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  • Wet T-Shirt Night

    Thursday nights in Broome and the place to be is Oasis - sometimes a cover charge ($5) and you will be treated with up to ten girls from many nations wetting their t-shirts and ripping them off for the chance to win $500. The comp starts at around 9pm and the bar closes at 1am. Its an outside venue which holds up to 750 people so its an interesting...

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Broome Transportation

  • Getting around Broome

    You may need more than a bus pass to visit all the sites some of which are quite spread apart and in the heat very uncomfortable to get to. These scooters cost $35 to hire pp but if you hire them for longer less. $25 for half the day.No motorbike licence required.52 Coughlan StreetEmail: broomeluggage@hotmail.comTrevor: 0409663729 Mick: 0409880188

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  • 4WD Hire

    For those venturing anywhere on the penninsula outside the city, a 4WD drive is necessary in the Dry. In the Wet, a plane might be more useful!COSTS4WD rentals are ubiquitous but book early (2-4 months) and be aware that almost all of them require a 5 day minimum rental period. A Broome surcharge of $200-$300 is usually added due to the cost of...

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  • Taxi shuttle service

    There is a taxi shuttle service from the airport to your hotel. $6.00 to the town centre, $7.50 to other areas. Given that the first thing that will hit you when you arrive will be the heat I believe the last thing you will want to do is walk it even if the airport is right in the middle of the town!!

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Broome Shopping

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  • Beautiful soaps and essential oils etc

    This is a lovely shop to visit for the wonderful smells and oils. All the soaps are handmade in Broome. It is a little out of the way and it does close at 4.30pm but it is worth a visit.The shop does sell its soaps etc at the Saturday morning markets.You can also mail order. Soaps such as Full moon rising, pearl. Oils are also very nice Varies...

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  • Beautiful soaps and other Broome...

    This is a shop that has just opened up in Broome. It contains various local indigneous artwork, Indigneous books, homemade soaps and other local crafts. What I liked about this shop was the wonderful smells as I entered the shop. Soaps

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  • Through way from Carnarvon to Dampier...

    Jimmy Chi throughway/ arcade is an interesting and convenient way to walk from Carnarvon Street to Dampier Street. There are a couple of shops selling locally made clothes. There is also a shady cafe where you can stop to escape the heat!!The bus stop to Cable Beach is directly in front of the arcade on Dampier Street.

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Broome Warnings and Dangers

  • The water can look too good to be true.

    That's right, the water away from the main beaches, when you go up to the pearl farms and other areas, can look too tempting to not want to dive in. But don't, you must read the signs and use local knowledge to guide you.For instance, you would be lucky to get out alive if you dove into the water in the pictures I have in this warning tip. There...

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  • Crocs, tides, and mud.

    You MUST follow all the safety advice here. Read the signage that is all around you. Don't swim where it says don't swim, and don't even fish where it says don't fish.These signs are for your protection, and for very good reason here. There are dangers a plenty. But then, with such beauty and wonder, there had to be a catch right? And the catch...

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  • The far side

    I think it's sad to have to report this but it's a fact of life in Broome.The indigenous people have a problem, and that problem is called alcohol. As reported in other VT pages you might get injured if you end up in a confrontational situation and wind up in hospital.I think it's tragic that the two societies are seemingly insoluble.You will see...

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Broome Tourist Traps

  • No Place to Stay

    Basically the town of Broome goes from 15000 people in the wet to 30000 people in the dry. Organise your accommodation before you get here otherwise you will be paying $130 a week for a piece of grass and the need to buy camping equipment. If you do "turn up" go to the Broome Visitors Centre near Male Park in the centre of town and ask...

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  • Car hire may cost more than you think

    When we went to hire a car it ended up costing loads more than the advertised price we had looked up on the net before we left. Part of it was our fault because we had looked during 'off season' when the advertised price for a small car was $40au a day. When we hired it was 'shoulder season' and the price had gone up to $58 a day. We really wanted...

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Broome What to Pack

  • Polarizers

    A polarized filter (usually called a circular polarizer) on your camera lens will help boost color saturation, important when taking monochromatic pictures like blue sky above blue sea, and will also help to capture vibrant bright colours (like all those beautiful red cliffs) so that your prints will match your memory. Polarizers are particularly...

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  • Hire a Satellite Phone

    If you are really going far afield, or venturing out in the Wet, consider renting a satellite phone. With limited fuel and supplies in this region, it could be a handy insurance policy to cover the unexpected.Rates start at about $21/day for short term, less expensive for longer rental periods. Shipping is available.

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  • Don't leave out the warm clothing!

    If you're going on a safari tour for 3-4 days take a soft luggage bag (no more than 15 kg in weight) and a back pack for the day treks. I travelled in June but found though the days were a beautiful 29-30deg C the evenings were very cold (especially when going on the inland safari to the Bungle Bungles) so do take the track suit, socks & sneakers,...

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Broome Off The Beaten Path

  • Dust and rocks aplenty

    Sure the landscape is sparse to say the least, but only at first glance. Take a closer look, get out there and really look at what is around you, and you will be amazed. There is wildlife all around you, and strange rocks and landscapes. Get a car like we did and make sure to get out there, and be safe. Let people know where you are going and what...

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  • Broome Bird Observatory

    The Broome Bird Observatory is located out of the town.10km out of town you turn to the right on a gravel road. 14 km later you arrive at the beach and the Information bureau.- I think they are also excursions out there, but we had our car.Take a binocular with you and enough time and patience. Also, don´t forget the sunscreen and a hat. It can be...

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  • Cygnet Bay Pearls

    A working pearl farm since the 60's, this is not your commercial Willie's Creek tourist attraction. If you are driving to Cape Leveque (3 hours north), it is worth the side trip. If you are interested in buying pearls direct from the farm (both cultured and seedless), this is definitely the place.Directions: 2.5 hours on Cape Leveque Rd, 8km past...

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Broome Sports & Outdoors

  • Fishing Broome Style

    The fishing is great in Broome so board a fishing boat and go catch your dinner off the shores of Roebuck Bay or Cable Beach. Soon you'll be lining up a catch of Barramundi, Queenfish, Mangrove Jack, Trevally or Salmon. Try your luck! What have you got to loose... you're on holiday... relax :o)If deep sea fishing isn't your thing then try your hand...

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  • Sky diving

    If you are interested in skydiving you can do it in Broome. Although I did not participate (I am a wimp!!) we saw plenty of people doing it. It is right next to Gantheame Point on the race track. You would have a fantastic view of Cable Beach and the area around Gantheame Point.

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  • The only golf action you'll find above...

    Experience golf at the Broome Golf Club. It's the only 18 hole fully grassed course between Geraldton and Darwin. (Up North in the West grass is a luxury) And when you've finished your game and sitting back taking in the view from the clubhouse, you'll discover why they say "its a million dollar course with a million dollar view".

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Broome Favorites

  • Matso's

    This place has a bit of legend status amongst the locals and rightly so. Though it is a well known hotel these days it was originally a bank! I'm sure there's some irony in there somewhere, I just haven't thought of it yet.After its life as a bank ended it actually became a general store but it wasn't where it is today. No, it took the legendary...

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  • The story of pearls

    Somewhat surprisingly, cultured pearls weren’t commercially grown here until after WWII (1957) and it was a Japanese man who worked out that local oysters injected with grit from the Mississippi mussel (pig toe clam) was the way to make pearls on a commercial basis.Some of the places the 19 farms are located are very remote. I know this because I...

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  • Internet

    If you haven't got access to the net the Eco Adventure building in Chinatown (Carnarvorn St)offers an internet service. $5.00 an hour. They have about 5 computers.

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