Broome Information

Broome is a popular holiday destination for many domestic and international visitors. The most popular time of year to visit is between April and September, during the ‘dry’ season, when the weather is warm and balmy. Keep reading to discover more about the old pearling town, Broome.

Broome is located 2,346km from Perth, visitors get to Broome via the number 1 highway, book a flight or come via cruise ships. The remote town is part of the Kimberley region of Western Australia, situated in the North West.

Broome is primarily a tourist destination and a gateway to the Kimberley region. As one of the largest North West Kimberley towns, Broome has a range of services from hospitals, sports facilities, fuel stations, restaurants, two pharmacies, doctors and two small shopping complexes.

A town with a unique history

The Yawuru people are the traditional owners of the lands and waters in and around the town of Broome. The Yawuru people have a long history of caring for the land and waters and are the recognised custodians.

After many generations of Yawuru people caring for the land, European people followed the coastline and settled to harvest pearls. Still today south sea pearls are farmed in the waters near Broome and are known world wide for their high quality. Find out more about the Pearling history of Broome at the local museum and at local pearling shops at Chinatown (main street).

Discover dinosaur footprints

Long before pearlers came to the region, other visitors walked along the shore. Dinosaurs! The region is recognised as being a dinosaur footprint archeology site dating back to around 130 million years ago. The Yawuru people have ‘songlines’ and ‘creation tellings’ explaining the footprints that are scattered along the Dampier Peninsula coastline. For more information about dinosaur footprints visit the ‘Dinosaur Coast Management Group’ website.

Things to see and do

With such a rich and long history Broome has many things to see and do. A range of tours are available during the dry season and some during the wet season.

Visitors have the opportunity to experience everything Broome has on offer on tours including traditional hunting tours, hovercraft dinosaur tours to pearling tours. Check out our tour page for more information about local tours. We offer a bespoke tour booking service, at no cost extra cost.

Broome is the gateway to the Kimberley and the region has many experiences on offer, including the Gibb River Road and Tunnel Creek. A day trip tour to Tunnel Creek leaves from Broome during the dry season. The Horizontal Water Falls is also a popular day tour for visitors and leaves daily during the dry season.

Check out our Broome tours for more information.

When WWII came to Broome

During World War II Broome was one of the northern towns that were bombed by the Japanese. Today people have the opportunity to discover more about the bombing at the local museum.  On a very low tide people can walk out to the ‘Flying Boat Wreaks’ located in the Dampier creek. Sadly around 88 people died during the raid.

Fishing, swimming and relaxing

Cable Beach is known around the world for the white sand and milky water. People come from all over the world to swim at Cable Beach and the witness the famous ‘staircase to the moon’. Camel tours offer a nice ride up the beach during a sunset. The local night markets are on during the ‘Staircase to the moon’ phenomenon.

Broome is well known amongst the ‘fishos’. A popular sport for beach fishing and boat fishing. Queenies, GT’s, Spanish Macks, Threadfins and Bluenose Salmon are a few popular species caught around Broome. Check with fisheries for local laws before heading out to catch a feed, alternatively book a local fishing charter.

Book a holiday to remember

Add Broome to your list of must see places. The Kimberley region and Broome offer a special kind of adventure like no other. Visitors are asked to remember to show respect to the diversity of people and culture, abundant wildlife, isolated land and unique waters surrounding the area.

Come with an open heart and respectful mind.
Prepare yourself to slip into ‘Broome Time’ for a once in a life time experience. Stay a little, stay awhile. The Pindan has a way of getting into your soul.