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Explore Broome’s Impressive Chinatown

Standing strong and proud for over a century at Carnarvon Street, Broome’s Chinatown is steeped in history, dating back to the late 19th century when it was a thriving hub of the pearling industry. Lured by the promise of pearls, adventurers, and labourers from China, Japan, Malaysia, and other parts of Asia flocked to this coastal town. The historic buildings, many of which have been beautifully preserved, bear witness to this bygone era, each narrating a story of resilience and cultural amalgamation. Strolling through the narrow lanes, you’ll discover a rich mosaic of multicultural history, where stories of hardship and triumph intertwine.

What to See and Do

Broome’s Chinatown offers a plethora of fascinating places to explore:

Sun Pictures 

Sun Pictures in Broome proudly holds the title of the world’s oldest operating outdoor cinema. It’s a truly unique cinematic experience, allowing moviegoers to enjoy films under the vast, starlit Kimberley sky. The open-air setting, combined with the rich history of the cinema, creates a nostalgic and unforgettable movie-watching atmosphere.

Johnny Chi Lane

Johnny Chi Lane is a narrow laneway in Chinatown, is a captivating spot adorned with vibrant street art. This visual feast adds colour to the town and offers a glimpse into the artistic spirit that thrives in the community. As you wander through the lane, you’ll encounter an eclectic display of artwork that showcases the creativity of both local and visiting artists.

Roebuck Bay Lookout 

Perched atop Dampier Terrace in Chinatown, the Roebuck Bay Lookout offers sweeping views of Roebuck Bay and Dampier Creek. More than a scenic spot, it’s a collaborative masterpiece honouring the area’s rich First Nations history. Adorned with artwork and interpretive information created by Yawuru Traditional Owners in partnership with Broome Senior High School, the lookout blends natural beauty with cultural significance.

Morgan’s Camp 

Once a bustling hub of early pearling and crew camps in Broome, Morgan’s Camp hosted prominent pearlers like Kennedy, Norman, and Goldie. It played a vital role in boat-building activities and was notably operated by Alfred Chambers Morgan in the late 1920s. Morgan’s Camp housed diverse crews, including Japanese, Chinese, and Malay workers. Today, it stands as a historical site reflecting the cultural mosaic of the pearling era and remains important to the First Nations.

The Delectable Cuisines

A culinary adventure awaits in Chinatown. From traditional Asian cuisine to modern Australian fusion, there’s a tempting array of flavours to savour.

The Aarli

16 Hamersley Street, Broome
The Aarli is a standout dining establishment, offering innovative Australian-Asian fusion cuisine in a trendy and stylish setting. Here, culinary creativity knows no bounds, with a menu that seamlessly blends the best of both worlds. Diners can expect a harmonious fusion of flavours and ingredients, elevating their dining experience to new heights in a contemporary atmosphere that’s both chic and inviting.

Banh Mi Street Food

Shop 6, 16 Frederick Street, Broome
Inspired by the lively streets of Vietnam, Banh Mi Streetfood is a vibrant eatery in the heart of Broome that offers banh mi sandwiches that blend traditional Vietnamese recipes with an Australian flair. Beyond banh mi, patrons can explore a diverse array of Vietnamese cuisine offerings with bold flavours and aromas, including crispy pork or chicken with rice, flavourful soups, and a variety of rolls.

Dragonfly Cafe

Unit 3, 6 Carnarvon Street, Broome
Dragonfly Cafe offers a diverse menu featuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Known for using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, the cafe caters to various tastes. With a cosy ambience and quality coffee, it’s a popular choice for both locals and visitors seeking a delicious and relaxed dining experience.

Ginreab Thai

Paspaley Shopping Centre, Carnarvon Street, Broome
Ginreab Thai recreates the charm of traditional Thai “noodle shops” common to northern and central Thailand with quick service, value-for-money meals, and a menu crafted by Thai chefs using fresh local and Thai ingredients. Their offerings feature a harmonious blend of Thai herbs, spices, and a choice of meat or seafood, all served with fragrant jasmine rice and fresh vegetables. They offer a variety of vegan and vegetarian choices as well.

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