For a small tourist town, Broome has a big beating heart with so much to offer in and around town, as well as the surrounding areas. Broome is incredibly easy to get around by vehicle, scooter, bike, and local bus as the distances between everything is so little, only a 7-minute drive between Chinatown and Cable Beach. The last time I visited I explored Chinatown in depth with its many shops, laneways and extremely tasty food before heading off to visit the Streeter’s Jetty, Roebuck Bay Lookout, a tour of the Pearl Luggers, the Broome Museum which is one of the best museums I have seen for a regional destination, the Chinese and Japanese Cemeteries, with a stop for a meal and a beverage at the famous Matso’s Brewery.
Another sunny and warm day in Broome took my scooter and I to Town Beach and onto Entrance point with some beautiful rock formations and a great photo stop. I then headed “off-road” along the striking red dirt that followed the rocky coastline to the stunningly rugged Gatheaume Point with its Beach and Lighthouse to explore the stunning red rock formations, turquoise waters, Anastasia’s Pool, and the famous dinosaur footprints that are over 130 million years old, there is a hovercraft tour that will take you here safely by water with a guide for a great afternoon out.
Other sights to see by your own vehicle or by a tour are the Broome Bird Observatory, the Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park, the famous Willie Creek Pearl Farm which is a very informative and in depth look into Broome’s famous Pearling history, this is a must to tour and be sure to buy your special other half or yourself a stunning pearl. A trip to Broome is not complete without walking along the famous Cable Beach which I did every morning and evening. Hire an umbrella and chairs and laze away the day relaxing or swimming in the turquoise waters followed by a camel ride along the beach, dinner and drinks at the Sunset Bar at Cable Beach Club Resort or have a picnic on the beach as you watch the famous sunset of Cable Beach. Another option is a sunset cruise from Gantheaume
Point along Cable Beach for a romantic evening with your loved one.
Eco Beach – 130kms south of Broome. Is easily accessible on a day trip or stay a few nights at the unique Ramada Eco Beach Resort. Discover the area by kayak and paddle board or enjoy ocean fishing, beach fishing, turtle watching (not all year round), a whale watching cruise (not all year round), the 7km Caves Walk or a scenic helicopter flight.
Cape Leveque – 240kms north of Broome is the tip of the Dampier Peninsula.
This part of Western Australia is extremely remote with not a lot of facilities, however, it was an absolute treat visiting as there is so much to see and learn from the local Aboriginal people that live and work here. It is easily accessible by a day tour, multi-day tour or self-drive by 4WD as there are many dirt roads leading to hidden gems. The tiny Aboriginal settlement of Beagle Bay is famous for the Beagle Bay Sacred Heart Church with its pearl shell altar, a must see for a rest stop.
The famous Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm is a must see as well as a coastal cruise with the giant tides of the area. There are some Kimberley cruises that depart from Cygnet Bay that include an amazing helicopter flight from Broome, I can advise of the ships and dates for these departures.
By far, the most incredible time I had in Cape Leveque was my 3-night stay at Lombadina, the isolation was incredible along with the pristine white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters great for fishing. A great learning experience about the Aboriginal culture and history of the area as well as mud crabbing, whale watching, kayaking and plenty of fishing.
Broome truly is a majestic and stunning area of Western Australia, a week is not long enough, I will be back to explore more!