If you’re exploring Western Auz’s North West this Summer, you’re more than likely making a stop off in Broome.
Being a big tourist pearling town in the Kimberley region, Broome is affectionately known as the ‘pearl’ of the North West and home to the world-famous white sands of Cable Beach – a must-do destination for any traveller or holiday maker. So, we’ve compiled a list of things for you to do when visiting this cultural town.
1. Ride a camel on Cable Beach:
A 14 mile stretch of beautiful white sands and clear Indian Ocean waters, Cable Beach is one of the most picturesque beach destinations in the world. Take a walk along the beach towards the lighthouse, have a dip in the warm morning waters or take a camel ride along the sands. An experience that’s out of this world – choose from a pre-sunset or sunset ride on these very gentle animals. If you don’t fancy a camel ride, you can simply sit back and watch as you relax on the beach or from a neighbouring restaurant.
2. See the flying boats at Roebuck Bay:
Soak up some Broome history and visit the flying boats over at Roebuck Bay – Located one kilometre down the Town Beach shore these historic WW2 boats can only be viewed at low tide. You can opt to study this amazing piece of history from a hovercraft, where the low tides means you are able to make stops on the tidal flats to wander amongst the Flying Boat wrecks. Roebuck Bay itself has much to offer – the red sands create a beautiful contrast against the green mangroves and as the tide heads back in, much of the beaches beautiful wildlife can be seen wandering the shores.
3. Witness the Staircase to the Moon:
This natural phenomenon is one of the main attractions in the North-West and is even a high ranker on many a ‘bucket list’. Cause by the full moon rising and reflecting off the beaches mudflats, this ‘staircase’ can be witnessed at on specific dates every month from March to October. The times will differ at each location, so be sure to check or ask from your hotel on the best viewing times and locations.
4. Find your perfect Pearl:
Being a romantic pearling port, Broome boasts some historic nostalgia with it’s pearling museum and old pearl luggers. Learn about the Japansese migrants and visit the historic Japanese cemetery.
Broome’s Chinatown is home to many historic buildings, built in the early days of early pearling. Here, you can pick out your perfect south sea pearl from one of the showrooms to take back home as a souvenir.
5. Go back in time in Gantheaume Point
Take a drive along the coast along beautiful orange sands or climb amongst the sandstone cliffs and rock pools. As well as mock-dinosaur footprints, you are also able to view real dinosaur prints at particularly low tides – be sure to research the best times before your journey.