Broome, in Western Australia, is a small historical town which is fast becoming a popular tourist destination with Australians and is also beginning to attract international visitors too. The main appeal with Broome is its coastal location, the beautiful beaches, and the pleasant weather.
Above all else, Broome is a place where visitors can come to rest and relax. So if you’re looking for loads of attractions to keep you occupied by day and a buzzing nightlife, you’d better look elsewhere!
Broome developed as a town in the 1880’s when people began harvesting oysters to get the pearls from inside them. Now, well over a hundred years later, Broome is still a pearling town and if you want a break from pure relaxation, you might enjoy a visit to one of the local pearl farms where you can see how pearls are harvested. The Willie Creek Pearl Farm, about 35 kilometres (22 miles) from Broome is a working pearl farm which gives visitors demonstrations and comes highly recommended. Of course, there’s also the opportunity to buy pearls from some of the jewellers in Broome!
If you’re visiting Broome to enjoy the beaches you’ll need to make sure you come during the dry season, which is from May to September. During this time the temperatures are just right, with a high of around 30C during the day. In the evenings the temperatures drop to the low 20’s C which we found was an ideal temperature for enjoying an evening walk, though cool enough that sleeping wasn’t uncomfortable.
Broome’s main beach is Cable Beach and if you’re enjoying an evening stroll like we did, be sure to head to Cable Beach to experience the fantastic sunsets here. You can even take a sunset camel ride! By day, obviously Cable Beach is the place to come for relaxing in the sun, or enjoying a swim, or you may prefer to stay around the pool at your Broome holiday accommodation. There’s a variety of places to stay here in Broome, from luxurious resorts to hostels and campsites. Beds book up very quickly though so be sure to reserve your Broome accommodation in advance.
Although we enjoy relaxing as much as the next person, we found that we wanted to get out and explore some more of Broome too. Here are some of the things we came across which you might enjoy a visit to…
At Broome Bird Observatory you have the chance to see some of the 300 species of bird which call Broome their home, including the famous migratory waders who visit from Siberia.
A little way outside Broome is an experience not to be missed – Malcolm Douglas Wilderness Park, and at Cable Beach is the Malcolm Douglas Broome Crocodile Park. If you want to see both, which is recommended, you can buy a combined ticket to save yourself some money. As well as seeing crocs at the Crocodile Park you can see them at the Wilderness Park, where you’ll also see dingoes, kangaroos, emus, wallabies, cassowaries, euros and jabirus.
‘Rest and Relaxation in Broome, Western Australia’, by Claire Bolgil